Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Stroll Through the Vienna Amusement Park Prater

Our recent Europe trip didn't stop in Prague. We stopped in Vienna on our way back home, and while I already did an extensive 6-part travel series to Vienna, in this post I want to share a place in the city that I hadn't visited previously. It's the park called "Prater". 

The Prater is a large public park in Vienna's 2nd district Leopoldstadt. The Wurstelprater amusement park, often simply called "Prater", stands in one corner of the Wiener Prater and includes the Wiener Riesenrad (Ferris Wheel).

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We also had the chance to see out friend Mirna, who lives in Vienna. She took us to the Prater. In the image below, we are waiting for the Metro to get to Leopoldstadt.


When you exit the Metro station, the huge Ferris wheel immediately greets you.


The Entrance to the Prater, including a welcome-in.

The sights here are colorful, bright and full of life. Even though we came a bit late and it was a cool night, we still had a great time. There are a lot of attractions to choose from.




You will find two Ferris wheels in the Prater. One that has closed cabins (image above), and another one with open ones.


I loved some of the side streets that were awesomely lit. The colors in the next alley changed over time.



The girls went into an indoor rollercoaster first.



There were some attractions that neither of us wished to be on. Like the one below. I leave it to your imagination, what happens to you once you come on board, that string attached vessel.




Then we went on a haunted house tour called "Jack the Ripper"


It's very dark inside, and the corridors lead you to some strange displays that hover above or below you.


Like this spooky, blue lit, web.



There are a couple of scary moments inside, that I couldn't photograph, like a plummeting elevator, rotating rooms, and shaky floors.


And we also saw Jack the Ripper in action...


...and watched happily while he was doing his business :)


Time to exit the haunted house tour.


We left around 11 in the evening, even though most of the attractions were still operating. I think this is a really nice eventing trip, if you happen to visit Vienna.




I hope you enjoyed our little nightly visit to the Prater.
For more information on rides and prices, visit the Prater Website.

29 comments:

  1. I did enjoy my visit and you are the KING of Night Light Photography. these are amazing.. I feel like I am there enjoying it with you.

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    1. Thank you very much Sandra, I'm glad you feel that way.

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  2. Fabulous impressions of a truly delightful amusement park! So glad you had such a great time there! Have you had a chance to visit the House of Mirrors? It's my favourite, next to the original ferris wheel.

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    1. No we didn't visit the House of Mirrors, even though I saw it. The othes were more info the thrilling rides.

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  3. Great shots, plenty of atmosphere in these.

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  4. your night shots are tremendous. the colours are awesome and even when you were being 'haunted' you managed to take great shots. My dansing partner is going with his girl friend Prague in September and I told him about your 5 sereis on that city so I will send him the links. Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks Margaret. I hope your friend will find the travel series to Prague useful. If they have any questions they can contact me.

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  5. A wonderful visit indeed, Mersad, and your captures, as always, are the next best thing to being there myself!! You do take us on wonderful trips/strolls/visits!! Thank you!! Hope you have a great new week!!

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  6. What a great traveler you are. Thanks for making me feel like I am along for the trip.

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    1. Thanks for coming along Karen.

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  7. So much fun! Lovely night photography of the carnival!

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  8. Lovely photo essay with great color and energy. That enclosed ferris wheel with the enclosed cars was featured in the 1949 Orson Wells film noir movie, The Third Man. Fine to see it still looking great.

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    1. I love that movie, but I didn't know that. Thanks for the comment.

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  9. Looks like a lot of fun. My daughter said she would like to ride the vessel attached to the cord....not me!

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    1. Me neither. :) Your daughter is very brave or doesn't really know what will happen to her :)

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  10. You really are a master of night photography, Mersad. These images are amazing.

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  11. Your night photography is brilliant and where better to practice it than a fairground where lights are lost in daytime. Gone are the days of visiting fairgrounds for me but I did enjoy seeing your pictures. Not so much Jack the Ripper though......

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  12. Hi Mersad,
    Terrific night photos in this post - prekrasne fotografije {thanks, Google Translate :) }
    Reminded me of my father taking me to the fair.
    Glad you had fun!
    I particularly enjoyed this post and the Prague series - really superb!
    Have a Beautiful Day!!
    Peace :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment. So glad you enjoyed the images and that they reminded you of your dad. Also glad you liked the Prague series.

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  13. What an interesting place to explore. Some top shots there!

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  14. an indoor roller coaster whoa!!!!

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  15. What fun, Mersad! Spectacular night shots, and the colours are amazing!

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  16. What fun, Mersad! Spectacular night shots, and the colours are amazing!

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  17. Wow, what a colorful place to visit and entertaining too!

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  18. Night time at a fair or carnival is a great place for a photographer! You got some really nice pictures of this festive place!

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  19. Gosh - these are great shots!
    Please drop by http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/06/nesting.html to share.

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  20. Here in the US I had only ever seen photos of the buildings on the canal, and never realized there was much more to Vienna! What fun this would be on a visit!

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