Prater or Wurstelprater amusement park is a large
public park situated on the outskirts of Austrian capital
known as a second district or Leopoldstadt.
neighborhood covers an area between Danube river and the Danube canal. In the
medieval times these forests and meadows were reserved for the
Imperial royal family as a hunting ground. In 1766 Emperor of the
Austro- Hungarian Empire Joseph II
opened Prater as a public park available for common people. In the
19th century Prater saw dramatic increase in size and complexity of
its tourist attractions.
Today Prate park is dominated by a giant
Ferris wheel that is also
one of the most visited destinations in Vienna. Other interesting sights
include an exhibition centre, planetarium, trotting stadium,
miniature rail roads with small trains known as Prater Liliputbahn
and many others. As you visit Prater you should orient yourself
along Haptalee that is 3 miles (5 km) long and runs along the whole
distance of Prater. If you want to escape large tourist crowds you
can take a walk through picturesque woodlands along a web of paths.