Both a family attraction and a nostalgic, historic charmer, it's also free and home to a world-famous Ferris wheel.

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The Prater

The granddaddy of all amusement parks.

Open March through October, the world's oldest amusement park was built in the outskirts of Vienna under the Habsburgs in 1895 in what was once a royal hunting preserve. Two years later came the debut of the giant ferris wheel which became its symbol - 60 metres (197 feet) tall - and though it had to close during World War II, it continues in operation today, redesigned and refurbished (other original cars which couldn't be restored are on display in the park). There are 250 other attractions here, as well, including various rides, a Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, a disco, green parks, restaurants, and more. And what's more, park admission is free.

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