250 Years of the Vienna Prater Amusement Park

Lifestyle & TravelMore+ ♦ Published: February 29, 2016; 18:00 ♦ (Vindobona)

2016 is a major anniversary year for the Prater: Emperor Joseph II. opened the former hunting grounds to the public 250 years ago. On the 7th of April 2016 the Vienna Prater amusement park (Wiener Prater) will be celebrating its 250th anniversary.

250 Years of the Vienna Prater Amusement Park / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / Otto Domes [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

The Emperor's proclamation went out on 7 April 1766: "It is hereby announced to all [...] that henceforth and from and now, everyone without distinction shall be permitted to walk, ride and drive freely in the Prater and the Stadtgut at all times of the year and at all hours of the year [...], and that nobody shall be barred from enjoying themselves with balloon hitting, bowling, and…