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Wiener Prater
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One of the world's oldest amusement parks, which has a century-old Ferris wheel that offers the best seat in town for views over Vienna.

The Weiner Prater is an amusement park with a serious pedigree, which has been dishing out fun to the Viennese for over a century. Most of Vienna's must-visit attractions lie on the west side of the Danube, where the Inner Stadt puts down its roots. But at the east bank’s Weiner Prater, culture and art are put to one side and visitors are treated to a large dollop of fun.

Once an imperial hunting ground, this area was gifted to the city by Emperor Josef II in 1766, to be used for public leisure. Restaurants, stalls and entertainments soon followed. The 1873 World Fair gave the Wiener Prater a whole new slew of attractions, and eventually led to the first proper amusement park – the Wurstelprater. Its central attraction then (and now) was the enormous Ferris wheel, the Riesenrad, which was built in 1896.

The Riesenrad is the first thing you’ll spot as you head toward the Prater, and it makes for a great starting point for your visit. The ride is thrilling and the views spectacular, as you are swept upwards 65 metres, leaving the whole of Vienna to unfold beneath you. It remains the oldest, and one of the largest, Ferris wheels in the world.

There's plenty more nostalgic fairground fun to be had at the Prater. Among its 250 attractions are merry-go-rounds, bumper cars, ghost trains and a hall of mirrors. The aroma of fairground sweet stalls and vendors of Viennese delicacies adds to its heady, old-time atmosphere. And the Wurstelprater offers more modern attractions too. There are careening roller-coasters, death-defying rides, neon-lit gaming arcades, and plenty of loud music.

If that all gets too much, the wider Grüner Prater may offer a refuge. This is the open forested park that the Wurstelprater is set in, with 600 hectares of tree-lined walkways, ponds and wild meadows to explore. Here you can stroll or bike your way along kilometres of tracks. Or, if the Wurstelprater fun-house has left you a little too drained, take the Liliputbahn miniature railway and be whisked around the Grüner Prater in no time – and back to the Wurstelprater for a second helping of fun.

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Best Western Plus Amedia Wien
Best Western Plus Amedia Wien
4 out of 5
Landstrasser Hauptstrasse 155, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$83 per night from 7 Mar. to 8 Mar.

Located in Landstrasse, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of St. Marx Cemetery, Belvedere and Hundertwasser House Vienna. Wiener Prater and Vienna State Opera ...

4.2/5Excellent! (916 reviews)

"Friendly atmosphere, good location (in 10 minutes walking to a subway station), very good breаkfast. Negative: we stayed in a non-smoking room, and on both sides of the room were smoking rooms. Visitors from these rooms went out onto the terrace and smoked, and smoke entered our windows."…"

Reviewed on 8 Jul. 2020

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magdas HOTEL
magdas HOTEL
2 out of 5
Laufbergergasse 12, Vienna, Vienna
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Located in Leopoldstadt, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wiener Prater and Hundertwasser House Vienna. Stephansplatz and St. Stephen's Cathedral are ...

4.2/5Very Good! (559 reviews)
Best family stay in Vienna!!

"This is my favorite hotel in the world!! We stayed with our 4 kids and had the best time. I lived everything about this hotel."…"

Reviewed on 6 Aug. 2020

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Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna
Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna
5 out of 5
Schottenring 24, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$472 per night from 10 Mar. to 11 Mar.

Located in Innere Stadt, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sigmund Freud Museum and Judenplatz. St. Stephen's Cathedral and Hofburg Imperial Palace ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (923 reviews)

"Very friendly, welcoming, easily able to relax, very high standards consistent"…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar. 2020

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna
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Best Western Plus Amedia Wien
Best Western Plus Amedia Wien
4 out of 5
Landstrasser Hauptstrasse 155, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$83 per night from 7 Mar. to 8 Mar.
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magdas HOTEL
magdas HOTEL
2 out of 5
Laufbergergasse 12, Vienna, Vienna
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Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna
Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna
5 out of 5
Schottenring 24, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$472 per night from 10 Mar. to 11 Mar.
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Hampton by Hilton Vienna Messe
Hampton by Hilton Vienna Messe
Perspektivstrasse 10, Vienna
The price is NZ$127 per night from 5 Mar. to 6 Mar.
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Superbude Wien Prater
Superbude Wien Prater
Perspektivstrasse 8, Vienna
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The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
5 out of 5
Schubertring 5-7, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$456 per night from 19 Mar. to 20 Mar.
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Zoku Vienna
Zoku Vienna
Perspektivstrasse 6, Vienna
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Pension Dr. Geissler
Pension Dr. Geissler
3 out of 5
Postgasse 14, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$92 per night from 2 Apr. to 3 Apr.
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BASSENA Wien Messe Prater
BASSENA Wien Messe Prater
4 out of 5
Messestraße 2, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$137 per night from 4 Apr. to 5 Apr.
BASSENA Wien Messe Prater
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