Part of the reason Vienna has been named as one of the world’s most desirable places to live is the amount of park land in and around the city—nearly 50% according to one City of Vienna employee. At six million square meters, Vienna’s largest park, the Prater, is larger than New York’s Central Park. Once used as exclusive imperial hunting grounds, it is now enjoyed by all—babies to seniors—year-round.
An amusement park located on the grounds features the famous Wiener Riesenrad, the Giant Ferris Wheel built in 1897. For more than 60 years it was the world’s tallest ferris wheel. It was bombed during World War II but rebuilt in a year with half of the cars.
You stand in most of the big cars but can rent some of them for unusual dinner parties complete with tables, chairs, white linen tablecloths, bouquets of flowers and candleabras. Waiters serve another course every time your car reaches the bottom. Just make sure they haven’t forgotten a fork!