As much as I’ve loved our break away, I think Day 3 was my favourite day, on a day brought another day of beautiful sunshine and 33 degree heat, we took the S-Bahn to Prater, a funfair in Vienna to visit the Riesenrad Ferris Wheel and Madame Tussauds.
I was expecting a raft of celebrities I didn’t know, but they the range was really good. Obviously being the obsessive Eurovision fan that I am (and that’s what struck up an interest in Vienna and Austria in the first place) I had to see the Conchita waxwork! Walking around I became interested with the waxwork of the german rapper Cro ( I had to google about him – so that’t the extent of my Cro knowledge). Only because he is wearing a panda mask.
My other favourite waxwork was that of Sigmund Freud. I would show the image with me in, but I’m a sunburnt heated mess, and genuinely, I think my face has started to melt off so I’ll spare you the horror). I loved this one as there are speech bubbles you can hold up with different expressions on – some aren’t exactly ‘pc’ in the world of mental health… but to be fair, Freud was rather ‘interesting’….shall we say?!
Here’s a few pics of what you can see at Vienna’s Tussauds 😊
As you leave Tussauds, you’re back into the main entrance of the park, where there is a monument of Austrian Showman Calafati (so I’ve been informed).
We took the opportunity to use the free ride included in our Vienna pass for the Riesenrad. Think London eye, but possibly bigger(?) definitely older. I hate the London eye, so why the hell did I take the opportunity to go on this? (Maybe because it’s free?) But like the Eye, I spent the whole journey holding on for dear life on the bench in the middle, whilst Chris played photographer.
*we also discovered they have a pizza vending machine!!!
The admission to the park is free and you pay on a ride by ride basis. There is quite a range of prices, think the most expensive on is 8EUR, but they average at 5EUR.
We went on a water ride a couple of times (just for a cool down really) the second time we ended up being sat in with a family – and I felt so sorry for them, they’d obviously come out as a family creating their own memories and we were in their ride photos that get taken during the ride. That aside though, it is quite unique to the ones I’ve seen as you get pulled up in a dinghy style raft thing (I don’t know what they’re called) and then you go down the water slide. It’s ace.
We also had a go of the mouse rides (there’s crazy mouse and dizzy mouse – think we went on dizzy) which is basically a waltzer on a track.
There’s also breakdance, which I ‘spose is a cross between the twister rides and waltzers, but it spins you so fast, I think I’d experienced being drunk without alcohol.
Since I hate being upside down, (wahey, fun police!) Chris enjoyed a few more rides on his own, one of which was the most insane ride I’ve ever seen where riders are held upside down, and spun for what seems like an eternity. I’d witnessed a couple of blokes just finish off beer and an ice cream before they went on, and they came off fine – how?!!!
I thought Chris had passed out at one point, he came off feeling horrible and decided to call it a day with rides.
I’ll tell you one thing, if you want adrenaline, this park is definitely for you, best thing is It opens from 10am – midnight in the main season so plenty of time to get your adrenaline fix.
Being as he couldn’t walk more than 3 steps without looking like he wanted to keel over, we sat near the coloured water spouts and lights area. There’s also some very interesting pieces of art placed there too.
I think that’s probably enough of my ramblings, so I shall leave you with a few more photos of Prater Park.
Join me next week, where I’ll be talking about where to eat in Vienna.