Prater

Its famous “Wurstelprater” amusement park has been thrilling children of all ages since 1766.

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Prater: Our most recommended tours and activities

Vienna: Skip-the-Line Giant Ferris Wheel Ride

1. Vienna: Skip-the-Line Giant Ferris Wheel Ride

Experience a ride on the famous Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel, a landmark of the Austrian capital and a symbol for the world-famous Wiener Prater. With its iconic silhouette, the Giant Ferris Wheel is a must-see attraction for all visitors to Vienna. A ride on the Wheel is just as important to a visit to Vienna as the Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, or the Spanish Riding School. A ride on this significant and fascinating structure provides spectacular views over the whole city. The Giant Ferris Wheel is a true cultural and architectural highlight for any guest in the city: you haven't really visited Vienna until you've taken a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel and marveled at the breathtaking views over the roofs of Vienna! The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel rotates at a speed of 2.7 kilometers per hour. A complete rotation takes just over 4 minutes, but only when the Ferris wheel has not stopped to let passengers on or off. More commonly, a ride takes between 12 and 15 minutes, during which time you can enjoy picturesque views over Vienna and the surrounding area, such as the hills of the Vienna Woods, the Danube, the Marchfeld, and the Pannonian Basin.

Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Wi-Fi

2. Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Wi-Fi

Hop on a bus and explore Vienna however you wish. This hop-on-hop-off ticket lets you hop on or off the bus as often as you want at any of the stops, so you get to experience all of the sights at your own pace. Alternatively, you can just take a seat and enjoy a city tour with interesting and informative commentary. Choose between 3 routes, each of which takes you to a different part of Vienna. See the State Opera, the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History), Heldenplatz (Heroes' Square), Parliament, the Burgtheater, and the magnificent Hilton Hotel. Or, be driven to Schönbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace before visiting the KunstHausWien museum, the Danube Steam Navigation Company, or the UNO City – the choice is yours! Your tour offers a choice between 3 routes, which can be combined as you wish: Red Route Admire the sights along the Ring Road, such as the State Opera, Hofburg Palace, the Parliament, and the Burgtheater. Stops: State Opera - Museum of Art History/Heroes' Square - Burgtheater/Town Hall - University - Schwedenplatz - MAK - Hilton Hotel - Kursalon - State Opera Buses arrive every 60 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM Yellow Route Discover the famous Schönbrunn Palace, Schwarzenberg Platz, and Belvedere Palace. Stops: State Opera - Schönbrunn Palace - Museum of Military History - Belvedere Palace - State Opera Buses arrive every 60 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM The ride from the State Opera to Schönbrunn Palace takes approximately 25 minutes. Blue Route: Visit the famous "Prater area" where you can get acquainted with all the masterpieces of the Museum of Applied Arts, Museum of Fine Arts or even the Kunsthaus/Hundertwasser Museum. You can meet with the greatest Austrian composer, Johann Strauss, in the Stadtpark. Stops: State Opera - Prater - Museum of Applied Arts – Museum of Fine Arts – Hundertwasser House – Stadtpark – Johann Strauss Monument Buses arrive every 90 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 10:30 AM – 2:45 PM Your ticket also includes a self-guided walking tour to discover the musical heritage of the city. Cross the city at your own pace and get acquainted with the most important music halls of Vienna. See the Vienna State Opera, Beethoven Statue, Vienna Concert House, House of Music and the Beethoven Museum. Pick up your headphones and a map from the local partner's service center and follow the instructions of the QuietVox Guiding App to travel from sight to sight. You will scan the QR codes at each stop to learn more about them.

Vienna: 3-Hour Danube Cycle Path Bike Tour & Sightseeing

3. Vienna: 3-Hour Danube Cycle Path Bike Tour & Sightseeing

Experience the capital of Austria on two wheels, accompanied by an expert guide. Explore the most famous sights and ride in between them on a well-maintained bike path. Meet your local guide at the meeting point, strap on your bike and start your adventure with an informative introduction about Vienna. Cycle through the Prater, marvel at the Ferris wheel, and listen to entertaining stories about the former royals. Ride along the Danube Cycle Path to the extraordinary architectural creations of Hundertwasser. Discover the Ringboulvard to get a glimpse of the city's imperial history. Enjoy a stop in front of several fascinating historical sites to learn the entertaining stories behind them. Take photos to capture your unforgettable memories of Vienna's landmarks such as the Opera House, City Hall, Hofburg Palace, and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Cycle back through the multicultural, gastronomically and artistically outstanding Leopoldstadt and get more local hits, tips, and ideas from the staff for the rest of your stay

Vienna: Danube Rhapsody Segway Tour

4. Vienna: Danube Rhapsody Segway Tour

Begin by learning how to navigate safely on your Segway, before heading out of the city center on bike paths to the Danube Canal. There you can see Vienna from a different side, an aspect of the city that not everyone experiences. After crossing the canal, ride into the big Prater Park to discover some more territory that most visitors to Vienna don't see. Glide past the Vienna Economics University, before eventually reaching the River Danube. Johann Strauss’ most famous waltz “The Blue Danube” is dedicated to the beauty of this river, and whilst there you can decide for yourself if the river is actually blue, or if Strauss may have needed his vision checked. Following that, continue along the river to a special vantage point which is one of the best views in Vienna. It presents the Danube cutting through the hills of the Vienna Woods. To complete this unique experience, pass the apartment where Johann Strauss composed “The Blue Danube.”

Vienna: Chocolatier Workshop with Chocolate Tastings

5. Vienna: Chocolatier Workshop with Chocolate Tastings

Become a real chocolatier at our museum and chocolate workshop, where our team will provide you with everything you need from cookware, ingredients, and recipes to craft the tastiest chocolate. No previous cooking experience is needed to guarantee you get the most out of this delectable opportunity. You will be spoilt with various flavors, smells, and tastings while you create 3 unique chocolate bars. With various professional tools, you will temper your chocolate to perfection and make the original "Xocolate" drink, the first chocolate drink as created by the ancient Aztecs.  After the workshop, you will receive the official Chocolate Museum Vienna signed certificate, before being let free to visit the rest of the interactive chocolate museum. Here you can journey deep into the jungle, the homeland of the cocoa plant and learn about cocoa cultivation, while also seeing sculptures of famous historical figures made from pure chocolate.

Vienna: Madame Tussauds Admission Ticket

6. Vienna: Madame Tussauds Admission Ticket

Experience the glamour and elegance of Austria's capital city and the world of celebrity at Madame Tussauds Vienna. Meet and interact with the personalities that shaped Austrian history and culture and learn about their achievements. Here’s a chance to feel like a celebrity yourself as you mingle with the A-list elite, challenge your favorite sports champions, hop on stage with music legends, and meet icons from the movies on a star-studded journey through Madame Tussauds Vienna. You’ll experience family entertainment at its best on 3 floors and more than 2500 square meters of exhibits. Austrians and tourists alike are inspired by the over 80 wax figures in interactive settings that get visitors involved. 

Vienna: Go Green Eco Tour by Electric Mountain Bike

7. Vienna: Go Green Eco Tour by Electric Mountain Bike

Give the museums and imperial palaces of Vienna a miss for the day and venture outside the city center by mountain bike. Discover the spectacular green landscapes that lie directly on the doorstep of the city and ride along the banks of the Danube Canal. Cycle to the wine village of Nussdorf, and then ascend the highest hill in Vienna as you make your way up the Kahlenberg with ease on your comfortable e-bike with extra thick tires. Pedal through the beautiful vineyards and get the most spectacular view of Vienna from the top. Then, cycle through the woods on the downhill ride to reach the banks of the majestic River Danube and Danube Island. Enjoy a traditional snack of bratwurst and a radler (lager shandy) before riding through Prater park.

Vienna: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

8. Vienna: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

With the Vienna city explorer pass, you have the freedom to choose between 2 to 7 of Vienna's top attractions, all in one easy to use digital pass. Choose from over 45 hand-picked activities and tours and save up to 35% off compared to buying separate tickets. By foot, by scooter, by bus, or by boat, you'll have so much to see and plenty of time to see it with 60 days to use your pass from your first attraction visit. Simply download your pass to your mobile device and present it at each attraction or tour for entry. Visualize the lavish lives of Austrian royals at Schönbrunn, Esterhazy Palace, or Forchtenstein Castle. Enjoy a day at Schönbrunn Zoo, Wipeout Adventure Park, or Madame Tussauds. There's fun for kids and adults alike with indoor bouldering or trampolining, an escape game, laser tag, or a trip to the world-famous Giant Ferris Wheel. Tours and Experiences • Guided Tour of Schönbrunn Palace • Big Bus Tour Vienna 1-Day Classic Tour • Danube River Cruise • Empress Sissi Walking Tour • Time Travel Magic Vienna History Tour • Craft Beer Tasting Tour • Kick Bike Guided Tour • Guided Bike Tour of Vienna • Freud's Vienna Tour • Vienna Undercover & Wine Tour • Sisi's Amazing Journey • Hollywood in Vienna Walking Tour • Kick Bike Self-Guided Tour • Street Art Tour • Empress Sisi Walking Tour and Hofburg Imperial Apartments • Esterhazy Winery Tour and Tasting Classic • The Future Bus VR Tour • Educational Walk - Homelessness Initiative Museums and Places of Interest• Schönbrunn Zoo • Giant Ferris Wheel • MAK Vienna – Museum of Applied Arts • Vienna Technical Museum • Madame Tussauds Vienna • Wipeout Outdoor Adventure Park • Sigmund Freud Museum • Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna (Art History Museum) • Imperial Treasury Vienna - Hofburg Palace • Theatre Museum • Imperial Carriage Museum • Weltmuseum Wien • Roman City of Carnuntum (May to November) • Esterhazy Palace • Forchtenstein Castle (April to October) Leisure • Waltz Dance Class (1 hour) • Scootseeing Vienna Electric Bike Rental (1 hour) • Ohmm! The Future Massage • Quiz Rally in Vienna (2 hours) • Treasure Hunt Vienna (April to November) • Laser Tag (2 games) • Escape Game • Relaxation in Salzquelle Salt Cave (50 minutes) • Spanish Riding School • Indoor Climbing Session - Bouldering (2 hours) • Trampoline Session - (1 hour) Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check the included digital guide available with your confirmation voucher for the most up-to-date information including a full list of inclusions, opening times, and advanced reservation instructions.

One Perfect Day in Vienna: A Private Drive and Walking Tour

9. One Perfect Day in Vienna: A Private Drive and Walking Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour of Vienna that gives the perfect introduction to first time visitors and combines an inner city walking tour and suburban discovery tour by sedan or van. An expert local guide will be with you throughout the day (including for the driving section) to answer any questions you may have and give tips on how to explore the city on your own. First, as the Innere Stadt’s pedestrian zone is crowded with delivery cars until about 11:00, start with a driving tour of the city’s suburbs. Enjoy panoramic views from Belvedere Hill, and admire the city’s most impressive Baroque palace. An interior visit to see Klimt’s “Kiss” is optional. Then, go to the oldest still-in-existence Ferris Wheel in Prater park. Cross the mighty Danube to discover one of the city's more modern sides at the UN-complex and DC-City. See a fantastic example of 1980s eco-friendly architecture at the Hundertwasserhaus. To do the 2nd imperial residence of the Schönbrunn justice would take at least half a day. Content yourself with a view of the façade and gardens, and make a note to return later. Along the way, pass the Naschmarkt, Karlsplatz, and State Opera. For lunch, your guide will provide you with some local suggestions, such as sausage tasting at a typical würstel stand,” or a sit down lunch at a hidden Inner City eatery. There are even a couple of rooftop gems you can enjoy. Then, spend the rest of the day exploring the Innere Stadt on foot. Depending on your level of fitness, the precise itinerary can include the historic monuments of the Ring, the courtyards of the imperial Hofburg Palace, the Baroque staircases of some of the city’s opulent pastry shops, and the sacred treasures of St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Vienna: Private Flexible Tour by Luxury Van/Limousine

10. Vienna: Private Flexible Tour by Luxury Van/Limousine

Discover Vienna according to your own plans on the city's only private hop-on hop-off tour. A friendly driver will take you to all the main sights, traveling in the comfort of a luxury limousine or minivan just for you. Following a pick-up from your hotel, tell the driver where you want to go, or let them choose the best route for you. Drive along the Ring boulevard, and marvel at the impressive buildings built during the reign of Emperor Franz Josef, including the State Opera House, Museum of Fine Art, Parliament, and City Hall. Go to Heroes' Square to admire the vast Imperial Palace complex, former residence of the Habsburg rulers. Then, get out of town to explore the River Danube and United Nations buildings. Visit the Prater amusement park to see the iconic Ferris Wheel. En route to Schönbrunn Palace, former summer residence of the Habsburgs, pass City Park with its golden statue of Johann Strauss. Continue past St. Charles Church and the Musikverein Concert Hall. Take time to wander in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace. Your driver cannot accompany you inside any monument, but will get you as close as possible for your convenience. The tour ends back at your hotel or city center, according to your wishes. If time is not an issue, you can also extend the tour by booking more time.

Frequently asked questions about Prater

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How can I visit Prater?

Possible ways to visit the Prater:

To enter Prater, you need to have a ticket or be part of a guided tour.

Planning Your Visit

  • Christmas market

    If you happen to be visiting the Prater in winter, make sure to check out the famous traditional Christmas market, which takes place every year from mid-November until the beginning of January in front of the giant ferris wheel.

  • Tickets

    Note that there is no admission fee for the amusement park and that tickets must be bought for each individual ride, which is great for parents that want to indulge their kids, as the park is a very pleasant hang-out spot even for those not seeking thrills.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open 24 hours a day year round. Individual attractions have different opening hours.
  • Is it expensive?
    Admission is free, but the thrilling ride tickets cost extra.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide is not necessary, but can add to the day overall.
  • How to get there
    Take the U1 or U2 to Praterstern or the U2 to Messe-Prater.
  • Additional information

    • Check out the Pratercard if you're looking for a cashless way to pay at Prater.

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What people are saying about Prater

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 6,836 reviews

We travelled from St Stephen’s to the park using the tram U1. An easy journey from the centre of Vienna and arrived close to the amusement park. The U2 tram also goes there. At 10.00 there were no queues; so on a lovely sunny day we enjoyed wonderful views of the Vienna skyline. The wheel travels slowly and stops completely to allow passengers to get on and off. Plenty of opportunities to take photos. Would recommend this experience - the opportunity to ride on the ‘vintage Vienna Eye’ is not to be missed.

Great! Used this bus to see all the best places around Vienna and then used it to get to them! Commentary on board was really interesting too.

Uncomplicated handling of the online ticket for the hop on hop off tours as well as the vienna ticket incl. boat tour on the Danube

Buses ran pretty much to time, commentary was very informative, would certainly use this service again.

Within a few minutes you were at the gondola, very good