…in Prater, where the dandelions are popping up all over. 🙂
Prater is 250 years this year, and there are many events scheduled throughout the year to celebrate. Yesterday I went into Prater to catch a glimpse of the flower parade featuring horse carriages and various old vehicles. The weather wasn’t great, but could have been worse! 🙂
If you walk through Prater in the morning, you get a whole other perspective on it. I caught this scene one morning walking to Uni. The ponies were going to the carousel, where they go around all day.
You also notice new things in the daylight when the park is empty. I don’t think I have ever noticed this dragon before…
I think Prater is one of my favourite places to hang out in Vienna. It may be a bit tacky and the music pumping out from all the rides is about as great as the smurf CDs you had when you were a kid….. But you loved that CD. Just admit it. 😉
People waiting for the Wiesn to open at noon. At the Wiener Wiesn-Fest you can quench your thirst for beer and see people dressed up in Tracht, it’s basically Vienna’s own Oktoberfest. It keeps getting bigger every year, so I guess it’s here to stay. 🙂
Yesterday we went exploring in the 10th district, and our destination was Böhmische Prater. I had been there once about four years ago, and wanted to check it out more properly this time. With my camera! I know it’s not often I drag it out with me, as it’s quite heavy, but this time I wanted to do things ‘properly.’ Bohemian Prater is located on the edge of the Laaer Wald, which is a popular leisure destination for many Viennese.
According to Wikipedia, it dates to the second half of the 19th century, and some of the rides are more than 100 years old. The name is derived from the larger Wiener (Viennese) Prater.
Because it’s so far away from … everything, it’s very free of tourists. It’s a long shot away from being as large and impressive as the larger Prater where they have the wiener riesenrad, but it still looks like a very cool place to come when you’re a kid.
A lot of the rides look quite simple, and because we were there quite early they mostly only had one kid on them or were waiting for someone to show interest. This kid looked like he was having a great time though. Unline the operator texting and looking a bit bored :P.
They also had a mechanic bull there, which I thought was funny as it’s not like Vienna or Austria has any affiliation to bull riding, or cowboys, other than what’s on TV. That doesn’t stop me from thinking this could potentially be a prime activity for a hen party, or just for a party in general.
Böhmishe Prater also has a riesenrad, dating back to 1988: Wilfert’s Riesenrad. according to Wikipedia again, it is a 21.5-metre (71 ft) tall cantilever design with 14 passenger cars, and is operated by Reinhardt. I suppose that’s him there, waiting for customers.
In the end we also found something really nice. A heurigen. After the long walk I felt quite spent, and having a radler there really picked me up even though my legs had had enough for sure. We also decided that we’d have a Stelze for lunch. And it was SOOOOOOOO yum!
I quite like this place. It’s not overly expensive, and the interior is just awesome!
It is very steam-punk meets nature.
I love the old-looking factory lighting, I want to have some of those myself! I had something like a pizza, that wasn’t quite a pizza.. I can’t quite remember what it was called (oops). Well, it tasted nice, it was huge (albeit flat), and I didn’t get totally ripped off.
It even had something special for the memorable toilets-series! This bathroom sink is just too cool. Really.
Ok, this is a snow machine that’s preparing a slope for the kids in Prater. We were out walking today before the snow started falling, and then the city of Vienna were the ones in charge of the snow. The temperature has dropped over the weekend, so I guess they grabbed the opportunity to prepare the slope. 🙂
I’ve been sharing some photos from my Instagram account that I took in Prater amusement park. For those interested, here is the link: Facebook page
I’m quite sure that many of my friends (and many of you followers also) won’t appreciate the combination of my fascination with critters of all kinds and my newfound increase in ability to document them. The picture above was taken on my walk today, whereas the picture below was taken last year when I found a spider under my fridge. The difference in quality is quite noticeable!! Also the fact that I had to stand on a chair in order to be far enough away to focus on the one below on my table is quite a difference from my new reality where I can go quite close… oh.. who would have thought that macro could make me this happy! 😀
I’m wondering if this guy is real. I think I’m going to have to make a visit to the Pratermuseum to find out! It’s only 4 Euro to get in, so should be worth it.
Yeah.. I HAVE been up in this thing. And it was MY DAD that insisted!! I have a pretty cool dad. It basically pulls you up about 20 metres or so (feel like a LOT more) and then releases you down to the twists and turns of the boomerang, before doing the same thing in reverse. I almost screamed my lungs out. Afterwards I felt really dizzy with whatever it is that the brain releases to make you cope with fear… wasn’t really that unpleasant. After. 🙂
These cars are about mayhem. I really like them, but I’ve realised that I’ve slowly outgrown them, and now they hurt my knees considerably when I hit someone.. hmmm! In any case. 5 Euro for a spin around in these cars. 🙂
I’m still rocking around a hazy Malaysia, missing home a bit I must admit! But I passed 10000 views in the last few days, so that’s worth a mention! Thank you all for following me and liking my posts!! 🙂
Today I’m on a plane to Malaysia! So I’ve had to pre-record posts for you, I’ll check in every now and then but I’m going to be away for five whole weeks (!) so I’m not too sure how often that will be… If you are interested, you can follow my travels in Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam on my Instagram account, normally it is private but because I really like you guys I’ve opened it for the time of my travels. 🙂
So, I’ll be doing a few short series while I’m away, starting with PRATER! Prater is awesome. So there are many great pictures to be shared from it. 🙂
This is the Riesenrad – an icon of Vienna.
According to Wikipedia:
It was built and erected in 1897 by the English engineer Lieutenant Walter Bassett Bassett (1864-1907), Royal Navy, son of Charles Bassett (1834-1908), MP, of Watermouth Castle, Devon. Its purpose was to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I. The Riesenrad was one of the earliest Ferris wheels ever built. Walter Bassett’s ferris wheel manufacturing business was not a commercial success, and he died in 1907 almost bankrupt.
A permit for its demolition was issued in 1916, but due to a lack of funds with which to carry out the destruction, it survived. It originally had 30 gondolas, but was severely damaged in World War II and when subsequently rebuilt only 15 gondolas were replaced. The wheel is driven by a circumferential cable which leaves the wheel and passes through the drive mechanism under the base, and its spokes are steel cables, in tension.