Wiener Prater is a free-admission park within a larger city park. There is not a pay-one-price option and you must pay per ride. Rides are run by independent operators who lease space from the park. This results in some operators bringing in the latest flats to maximize profits. Your wallet can be depleted quickly as there are over 60 attractions, and that's without counting the children's rides. But the pay-per-ride option does maximize efficiency as most locals take the park at a leisurely pace. The cost for most rides is in the 2-4 euro range. The roller coasters are not very intense. However, many flat rides are run at their most extreme settings for a good long cycle.
There are well over a dozen dark rides (ghost trains, fun houses, walkthroughs, glass houses, an indoor drop tower with a laser show, and a shooting dark ride), so if you're a fan of them this park is a must-visit mecca.
For those who prefer a good view from above you have the option of the historic Reisenrad (Ferris Wheel) where you can even rent a cabin by the hour and be served a meal if so inclined, or you can ride one of the park's two Star Flyers, including the world's tallest in Prater Turm (383 feet, or 117 meters).
This park is huge, but there are plenty of places to rest and eat. Speaking of food, there are many options, including authentic Austrian food and beer, at reasonable prices.
This is pretty much a fun fair. You pay per ride, they have food stands, lots of beer stands (YAY!) and tons of attraction line ups. There are more rides here than you could possibly ride. Sad thing is, they are extremely expensive. The boomerang coaster here is the best in the world. The trains make the ride smooth as glass. The thrill ride line up is the best. Almost any kind of thrill ride you could want is here, plus some you have never seen before.
Also, they all run under European ride cycles, so you can be spinning for a long time. There is no theme to this park, but the overall atmosphere is extremely exciting and uplifting. With the smells, sounds, and cultures. This park is a true European fair experience that is not to be missed
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