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Photo TR: Vienna and the Wiener Prater

Postby Dhukka » Fri Aug 25, 2006 1:44 pm

Hi there.

Yesterday I returned from my one week trip to Vienna. Having two friends there, since several months, I finally took the chance to visit them and also check out Austrias capitol.
The city is really a gem. Castles, churches, sculptures, museums, you name it, its there. Scattered all over the place and mixed with newer, modern buildungs. I loved it a lot, so I decided to provide some pictures of this as well (just a few).

Of course I also had to visit the Wiener Prater (It translates to "the Prater of Vienna", so its not what you may think). In fact, I actually visited it twice. On our first visit, the batteries of my camera got empty pretty soon, so I returned alone the next day to take more pictures for you.
The whole place is pretty wierd. This year it celbrates its 250th birthday. It contains large gardens to the right. The left part is the main fairground area. Its landmark is a huge, old Ferris Wheel, which greets you at the main entrance. The Prater is also famous for its different kindsof saussages, also called "Wiener Würstel".

The thing that makes the place so wierd is the fact, that you can't clearly declare it as a fairground or theme park. A lot of its rides are transportable rides you can find at the european travelling fairs, except they are put there on a regular basis. You also have to pay for every single ride at the ride's entrance. Then, there are also stationary rides like a boomerang or S&S Space Shot.
There are also solid houses in between, like restaurants, casinos or arcades. To top it all of, a lot of the ment-for-travelling-rides are decorated on a staionary basis. E.g. the room under the drops of the Flume Ride are covered. To me the place felt more like a large fairgound, much like the Oktoberfest (Though there weren't any beer tents there).

Coaster-wise the park offers several credits. Theres a spinning mouse and a regular mouse. A custom Vekoma Coaster called "Mega Blitz", which I didn't care to ride. Then there is a Boomerang, A Zamperla Flyer called "Volare" and a pretty good Pinfary coaster I enjoyed a lot. Of course, the most important ride is the wooden coaster "Hochschaubahn". In fact, its a side friction ride with a brakeman. It features a compact circular and figure-eight layout. The theming is pretty nice. There are caves, waterfalls, loads of rockwork und a small replica of a mountain-village. Its a classic scenic railway in every sense. The ride itself offes a fast first drop and a nice double dip on the second drop. On my second visit, which was a sunday they, actually ran two trains on it.

So, I hope you enjoy my Photo-TR. It's actually my first.
And please be patient. There are 79 Pictures waiting to be posted.

My flight from Nuernbern to Vienna. Hooray for the cheap 1€-flights
This view never looses its feeling.
Vienna's city hall. Quite impressive.
This house was decorated by the famous artist Hundertwasser as part of a social housing programm.
The place in front of the house is beautifully themed too.
What does this mean?
Sculpture of king Josef (i guess) in the old imperial palace. Something is wrong with it.
Somehow a prankster managed to hang a bicycle tire up there.
More sculptures inside the palace.
Creepy gothic-style sculptures with bleeding eyes.
These traditional coaches are all over the place. They are called "Fiakers" and charge you 40€ for 15 minutes.
This Fiaker takes a nap inside his Fiaker.
The Stephansdom. This thing is huge.
Detail shot of the Stephansdom's facade.

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Postby Dhukka » Fri Aug 25, 2006 2:19 pm

Part 2. More of the town and the first Prater pictures.
The parliament building with the nice fountain in front of it.
Detail-boobie-shot of the fountain.
A toy shop had this politically not so correct Supey in its window.
Being a psychology student I also had to check out Siegmund Freud's house.
On my last day I also visited the museum district.
This exhibition of 60's psychedelic art was pretty cool.
Beautiful night shot from a hill outside of the town.
Zooming in on the Prater, you can easily spot the ferris wheel, the space shot and the Starflyer
Side-entrance of the Prater.
Pretty kiddie carousel.
There was this nice wooden Toboggan slide. Unfortunately it was closed.
A standard wild mouse. Since I have ridden enough mice enough times I decided to skip this credit. It wasn't worth the price.
One of the many spinning rides that occupy the place.
The landmark of the prater. The old Ferris wheel.

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Postby Dhukka » Fri Aug 25, 2006 2:42 pm

Part three. More Prater pctures.
There was this freaky bell ride.
Not a high capcity ride, but it didn't matter since nobody dared/cared to ride it.
The flume ride. You can see the "theming" attached to the small drop.
The second ferris wheel. It appeared to be only slightly smaller than the old one.
See what these girls do. The ride-op encouraged them to do it. He even knew their names.
The spinning mouse. Actually it was my first ever and I really didnt enjoy it.
They don't look like they have fun either.
It also has a small tunnel section towards the end.
Who's the biggest spinner now?
Next to the spinning mouse was the Pinfari "Super 8er Bahn". This was a very good ride.
It doesn't look like much, but its very fast and all the brakes where turned off.
I can seriously recommend this ride. I really liked it, although there was no airtime on it.
My favorite picture. Pure, twisted, Pinfari fun.

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Postby Dhukka » Fri Aug 25, 2006 3:02 pm

Part 4. Almost done.
Random spinning ride picture.
Break Dance and the "I don't know what it's called" ride.
The central plaza is home to the space shot which is called "Space Shot". They charged 5€ for it, so I skipped it.
The Boomerang is directly besides the space shot. Guess what it's called.
I waited in the rain for 5 minutes to take this picture. Unfortunately it's all blurry.
The Starflyer. Omg this thing is so tall. Can't wait to try out Holiday Park's version next year.
The beautiful skyline of the prater. How many rides can you spot? Email you know who.
Mega Blitz. It's almost impossible to take acceptable pictures of this ride.
Though it looks like a Schwarzkopf at first, it's actually a Vekoma.
A train going down the first drop. I didn't ride this one too.
One of the many ghost houses you can find there.
The sound and smell literally dragged me to this one. It reminded me of my first ghost house when I was a child.
It was old.
It was very old.
Scary masks appear out of the darkness, directly in front of you.

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Postby viking86 » Fri Aug 25, 2006 3:13 pm

Nice pictures, but you should really have ridden Megablitz as its by far the best coaster in the park. Its very smooth and those helixes are extremely powerfull. I think it was a great ride, unlike Super 8-bahn, which I thought was 'just alright'....

The Spaceshot is also great! Im not a big fan of S&S towers as they usually feel very controlled compared to the ones made by companies like Intamin and Fabbri. This S&S tower was really good though. It may be expensive, but you get 4 or 5 ride cycles and it has massive ejector airtime at the top. Of the 5 S&S towers I have ridden, this is the only great one.

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Postby Dhukka » Fri Aug 25, 2006 3:22 pm

Part 5. The last one. Hope you enjoyed it.
Volare the Zamperla torture device.
A train prepares to be released into hell.
The first inversion, the worst part is almost over.
It wasn't really painfull, but it wasn't joyful either.
It still offers some nice views from the outside.
Last, but not least the reason why one should visit the Prater.
This ride is just beautiful. Here a train ascends the lift hill.
The theming resembles a small mountain village
It starts with a nice tunnel section.
The lift hill. Up we go.
Nice view of the twisted layout.
A train passing the village section.
Return run to the station. You can see the side-friction track.
One of the brakemen sitting in the last row.

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Postby Calvin » Fri Aug 25, 2006 5:38 pm

What on earth does the bell ride do? I'm so curious now.

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Postby Homer » Fri Aug 25, 2006 7:46 pm

^From what I have heard, it basically does the same thing as a frisbee, but you know how bells work...

The middle "weight" (in this case, the seats) swing towards the sides of the "bell" as the arm swings.

In this case, the bell ride was nothing more but a lower capacity, themed, frisbee ride.
-My butt has touched 112 roller coasters, how unfortunate.

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Postby Calvin » Fri Aug 25, 2006 9:25 pm

That's obscenely spectacular for even a German fairground, if only because of the terrible capacity.

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