The Prater is a large public park in Leopoldstadt (the 2nd district of Vienna) and is the most famous amusement park in Vienna, Austria. It features the landmark Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad) that towers over the many booths, ghost trains, go-karts and merry-go-rounds along with the famous Schweizerhaus and Planetarium.
There are a wide range of attractions for any family member, both young children and older teens. Typically, the Prater is open into the whee hours of the night all year long, however during Winter and bad weather many attractions may close.
The high season runs from the 15th of March through the end of October.
Another interesting fact about the Prater is that unlike many other theme parks, you do not pay a general entrance fee. You pay per attraction, which depending on the size of your family, may rack up a bigger bill, but the fun is all worth it. Prices typically start around 4 Euros per ride per person.
The "Wurstelprater" as it is known locally also has a very large recreational area surrounding it that includes a long avenue of trees (Hauptallee) along with large fields and other related activities.