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Giant ferris wheel Prater park, Vienna, Austria Photo
Giant ferris wheel Prater park, Vienna
SOURCE: Osterreich Werbung/Diejun, courtesy of Austrian National Tourist Office, used with permission.

Prater often refers to the Wurstelprater amusement park, which is in one corner of the Wiener Prater, a large public park in Vienna's 2nd district, Leopoldstadt.

It contains more than 250 attractions, including the Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad, shown above), nostalgic ghost trains, merry-go-rounds, go-cart rinks, arcades, stands for games of skill, roller coasters and a number of restaurants, cafes, snack bars, and beer gardens.

Begun in 1560 as a hunting ground for Emperor Maximilian II, it was opened to the public by Emperor Joseph II, who allowed the establishment of coffee-houses and cafes, which led to the beginnings of the Wurstelprater. In 1873, a World Exhibition was held in the Prater, and In 2004, major renovations began, finished in 2008, which added a new underground railway line with three stops along the Prater.


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