As if a full day of sighting-seeing on foot in Old Town Vienna wasn’t enough with Grandparents and toddler in tow, we thought it would be a good idea to ‘stop by’ Prater Park on our way home. Prater park was once the Emeror’s hunting grounds that he donated to the people of Vienna as a public park, but now it houses an old amusement park.
Let’s be perfectly clear. Vienna is known for it’s royal palaces from the decades it was ruled by the Hapsburgs….and the decadent Sacher torte (chocolate cake)…and it’s coffeehouses (they make a mean “cafe melange”)…and it’s music (Mozart lived here too) and more recently it is known for its museums. Did we indulge in these things? Besides a good caffeine-charge, no not really. No, we went to an old run-down amusement park in the evening. Because…..we….have….a….toddler. And he LOVED it, of course.
Thankfully, Prater Park was only one subway stop away from our apartment but pulling a nearly three-year-old away from this gigantic park was quite a struggle. Lastly, I will just mention, that it is know for it’s historic 220 foot tall ferris wheel (Riesenrad) with it’s own museum….because it is really THAT old- this is no London Eye! (see here for our London Eye Experience).
So, let’s begin with the most cheesy photo of the day.
I know these computer animated photos are silly and only a money maker for the park, but look how happy Eliot looks! I couldn’t resist forking over the Euros…
My overall impression of Prater Park is mixed. It varies from a tired, worn-out park with cricket-y old rides, to a vintage park with classic-old-rides. Then, they throw in a brand-spanking-new ride that towers over the entire place. I mean TOWERS- check out these swings.
Bonus: there is no entrance fee, so you pay per ride. Kind of a vintage way to do it…
Thank GOD there is an oasis of a restaurant for dinner. Rick Steves even recommends this, Schweizerhaus, as a “local-style family dinner with great Czech beer…classic conviviality.” And, he was right, it was very tasty with a lovely biergarten to boot!
for an explanation of Reed’s Ampelmanchen shirt, see our Berlin post, here…
Yours in swings and coasters,