This large public park is sandwiched between the river
Danube and the Danube Kanal and houses a wide range of
different activities. Visit to enjoy a boat trip, to visit
the amusement park, to play golf or simply to imagine what
it must have been like in the 18th Century when it was first
opened to the public.
While the precise details of its medieval origin are
shrouded in debate there is no doubt that it was Emperor
Joseph II who in 1766 declared the previously private
hunting park of the nobility to be an open space for the
Quickly filling with coffee houses and cafes the parks
roads were widened to encourage visiting, but heavily wooded
areas remained and it was not until the 1920s that hunting
was finally stopped in the Prater.
There is a U Bahn station right outside the park area
called Praterstern next to the western end which
houses the amusement park. Both the U2 and the U1 line go
there so it is easy to reach from Naschmarkt. The path
of the U1 line is straighter and hence that is less stops
and it is recommended if going to the amusement park.
However the U2 line has the advantage that is continues
along the edge of the park for several stations and so if
for example you wish to visit the swimming complex at
Stadionbad then the best station Donaumarina
which is five more stops along the U2 line. Do not however
go beyond that though as the line then crosses the river and
moves away from the park.
Wurstelprater - The green park which is the majority of
the prater area and still has echoes of the imperial hunting
park which was its origin.
Golfclub Freudenau - Occupying the eastern portion of the
Prater this full size golf course
Giant Ferris Wheel -
Madame Tussauds - Located right next to the amusement
Vienna Harnes Clubb - Founded in 1874 this horse riding
club is still giving lessons today and allows the city
children to experience this traditional Austrian pass time.