Hundertwasserhaus, Belvedere Castle and Wiener Riesenrad
Most visitors in Vienna stay in the city center where it is easy to walk from one attraction/restaurant/shop to the other. If you are up for a short ride with the tram, there are also great things to see and do, if you move just a little outside the city center. Here, I have three suggestions for very different attractions in the eastern Vienna.
Hundertwasserhaus is just a normal apartment building – and then again, not so much. The building is the result of a cooperation between the architect Krawina and the artist Hundertwasser, and the not-so-ordinary building attracts numerous tourists. You will not find a straight line here, but you will see a lot of colors. Personally, I think it is more special than pretty, but every man to his taste…
In the area around Hundertwasserhaus, you will find a lot of souvenir shops. There is even a small arcade with different artistic products. When you have seen Hundertwasserhaus itself, remember to also take a look at the other apartment buildings around it. Even though they aren’t as special, it is a nice area for a stroll.
Back in the days, when people had too much money, it happened that someone built a castle. That is also what happened here, as Prince Eugen in 1714 built Belvedere in order to show his wealth. Luckily, the result was beautiful, and it still is today. The view of Vienna has impressed visitors for centuries, and it is not difficult to understand why.
The park could be a bit more well maintained. I doubt that numerous dandelions are in accordance to the original plan of the park, which hasn’t changed much since it was made. Are you able to look past that (and the many tourists), it is a very nice place. We did not visit the museum at the castle, but instead we just enjoyed a stroll in the park and the view of the beautiful castle from the outside.
Wiener Riesenrad in Prater – ferris wheel with a view
The amusement park Prater is a part of the gigantic park area with the same name, located in the district of Leopoldstadt. The amusement park should offer more or less crazy rides for children and adults. The main attraction is the great ferris wheel, Wiener Riesenrad, which has been going since 1897.
We did not come here to try the crazy rides, but instead we walked with determination towards the ferris wheel a late evening, where we were very lucky to jump aboard the last ride of the day (see the opening hours on the webpage of Wiener Riesenrad). After buying a ticket, we boarded the big, red cabin. It kind of resembles a small shed, where you are able to walk freely around the entire ride. If you are looking for wind in your hair, that is not what you are gonna get. The ferris wheel rides slowly, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the view of the city all lit up. A very nice way to end an eventful day in Vienna.
Visited in April 2017
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