vienna

See Vienna from the sky

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The Riesenrad in Vienna is a huge and very old ferris wheel. It was originally commissioned in 1897 and is still running. It sits at the entrance to the Prater amusement park (I will speak about the park in a future post).

The cabins are huge and can easily hold about 15 people, and if you visit in the evening you can book a private restaurant cabin. I am not quite sure how they actually get the food into the cabin!
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Of course, from the top you have a magnificent view of the city and amusement park. It almost looks like you are looking down at a little model of the city. A must-visit when you are in Vienna!
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Prater amusement park, Vienna

In my previous post I mentioned the Prater amusement park. It is a massive amusement park just outside the city centre of Vienna. It is easily a 5km loop around the outside of the park, so it can keep you busy (and on your feet) for quite some time!

It has the usual assortment of roller-coasters, scary rides, children rides, food & DRINIS. For us an hour wondering around was plenty of time to spend there (entrance is free but you pay for the rides), but if you love amusement parks you could easily spend the entire day here.

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I’m not sure if he is very happy

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Viennese food for sale

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Scary ride – looks like lego blocks to me

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Haunted houser

Horse and carriages in Vienna

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It is a little touristy, but it is rather relaxing to explore a city riding in an elegant horse carriage. Vienna is one of the many cities where you can do so, pretending that you are the gentry being driven around the city.

In fact in Vienna they even have horse carriage rides at the Central Cemetery. The Cemetery is massive – just under 500 acres, so its not a bad idea at all.

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Trams in Vienna

Vienna has the most incredible public transport system; both the tram network and the metro. This is the No.1 tram. If use both No.1 and No.2, you can do a complete loop around the Ringstrasse (Ring Road), what was built to replace the city walls. There are many historic sights on the way, including the State Park, the Opera House and the Franz Schubert.

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If you are feeling fit, it is a nice 5k loop along the same route (of course on the pavement next to the trams).

Johann Strauss Statue in Stad Park

In my previous post, I showed the flower-clock in Stad Park in Vienna. If you walk a little beyond the clock you will see a wonderful statue of Johann Strauss (i.e. junnour) playing the violin. Imagine him playing the Blue Danube as you sit and listen to his music. The statue looks like it is made from solid gold, but it is gilded – a very thin layer of gold has been applied to the bronze statue. It lights up the whole park in the sun.

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