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.
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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