VIENNA — Leopoldstadt

Leopoldstadt is a district situated 2 km east of the city centre and it was originally the walled Jewish ghetto in the early 17th century. It still has a large Jewish population. A large part of this area is covered by the Prater which includes the amusement park with its giant ferris wheel which is probably one of the landmarks of Vienna.

The sights found here are:
Karmelitermarkt
Prater
Augarten
Riesenrad
Planetarium
Pratermuseum
Atelier Augarten Gustinus Ambrosi-Museum
Wiener Porzellanmanufaktur Augarten
Wiener Kriminalmuseum
Johann Strauss Residence

Karmelitermarkt
Karmelitermarkt is one of the oldest markets in Vienna and there is a lot to see. It is found in a large square surrounded by the streets of Leopoldsgasse, Im Werd, Haidgasse and Krummbaumgasse. Although there are some permanent stalls most are outside with not much cover so be prepared if it is raining. The market sells a variety of good quality, fresh produce, including fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, wine, flowers and groceries. Several stalls sell purely organic produce and it is the place to find kosher and halal food. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes close to the market which serve good quality food at reasonable prices.

Prater
The Prater consists of two very different areas. At the front of the park is a large amusement park (Wurstelprater) and towards the back is the peaceful area known as the ‘Green Prater’. Green Prater was once used as the imperial hunting grounds and has been open to the public since 1766. The main avenue is lovely with its huge chestnut trees and it is closed to traffic except for horse drawn carriages. You will find a lot of people walking, cycling, running and skating. A miniature railway called the Liliputbahn runs through the park for approximately 3 kms. The park also houses a planetarium and the Prater museum. The amusement park has around 250 attractions ranging from merry-go-rounds to rollercoasters and everything you would expect in between. A giant Ferris wheel called the Riesenrad dominates the skyline. A wide range of international food is available in the amusement park and it is open from mid March to the end of October but during the off season many of the attractions close down. You can buy a Prater-Card where a monetary value can be placed on the card from 10Euro to 500Euro and this is then swiped to pay for the attraction. Discounts are also offered.
For information about the Prater visit the website at: http://www.prater.at/GeneralInformation.php?LI=1

Traveller's Tip

You can buy a Prater-Card to use for the rides where a monetary value can be placed on the card from 10Euro to 500Euro and this is then swiped to pay for the attraction. Discounts are also offered. For information about the card visit the above website.
Augarten

Augarten
This is the oldest Baroque garden in Vienna and it was opened to the public in 1775. The park is full of meadows and tree-lined paths to walk along but its most striking feature are the rather bare Flaktürme or Flak Towers to the north and west. These towers were left over from WW2 and they held cannons and spotlights to fight airplanes from the ground and were also bunkers with their own electricity, air and water supply system. Also found in this park is the Augarten Palace which was built at the end of the 17th century by Emperor Joseph II. It is the home of the Vienna Boys’ Choir. The Augarten is very popular in the summer both with locals and tourists because there is an open-air cinema as well as places to eat and drink.

Riesenrad

Riesenrad
This giant ferris wheel dominates the Prater and is one of the symbols of Vienna. It was built by the British engineer Walter B. Besset in 1897 and has withstood many natural catastrophes including being bombed in WW2. It has had a makeover in recent years to include dramatic lighting and a cafe at the bottom.
For information about the Riesenrad visit the website at: http://www.wienerriesenrad.com/index.php?lang=en

Traveller's Tip

The Riesenrad has appeared in several films over the years including The Third Man in the scene where Holly Martins finally confronts Harry Lime and also the James Bond film The Living Daylights
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Planetarium
The Planetarium is found at the edge of the Wurstelprater. It has the most modern star projector in the world and you can see stars, star clusters, galaxies and nebulas in their real colours.
For information about the Planetarium visit the website at: http://www.planetarium-wien.at/homesite/index.html (in German only)

Traveller's Tip

Be aware that the Planetarium shows are in German only.
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Pratermuseum
The Prater Museum is found in the same building as the Planetarium and it traces the history of the Wurstelprater including mementos of the old amusement park before parts of it were destroyed in 1945 during the last days of WW2. It is not a great collection except for some antique slot machines.
For information about the museum visit the website at:
http://www.wienmuseum.at/en/collections/history-and-city-life/prater.html

Atelier Augarten Gustinus Ambrosi Museum
This museum has been around since 1978 and houses bronze and stone sculpture by the Austrian sculptor Gustinus Ambrosi. The museum is part of the Belvedere Palace museums. There are also temporary exhibits from international artists.
For information about the museum visit the following website at:
http://www.belvedere.at/jart/prj3/belvedere/main.jart?rel=en&content-id=1169655776896&reserve-mode=active

Traveller's Tip

Tickets to this museum are included in a ticket to the Schloss Belvedere.
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Wiener Porzellanmanufaktur Augarten
Vienna’s Porcelain Factory is found in the Augarten. It is the second oldest manufacturer of porcelain in Europe after Meissen. The porcelain made here is very expensive and is used in the Hofburg, the Federal Chancellery and Austrian embassies as well as for state gifts. The product range includes vases, dining, coffee and tea services, figurines, lamps and gifts. It is possible to take tours around the factory and you can find out information about these on the website.
For information about the factory visit the website at: http://www.augarten.at/?L=1

Wiener Kriminalmuseum
This unusual and rather ghoulish museum contains a large selection of exhibits dedicated to murderers and their victims mostly in the last 100 years. The vast collection is courtesy of its custodian, Harald Seyrl who spent his whole life studying the history of Austrian law and crime. Displays include death masks of convicted murderers and weapons used to carry out murders.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://kriminalmuseum.at/krimwien/museum.html (in German only)

Johann Strauss Residence
This was the residence of Johann Strauss the Younger between 1863 and 1878 and it was here that he composed his famous waltz The Blue Danube. The Strauss apartment occupies only a small section of the second floor with some parts of the original home being used today as apartment space for people living in the building. The residence is decorated with a selection of Strauss memorabilia such as sheet music, paintings and a small collection of instruments. You will also find information about the history of the museum and a little about the life of the composer.
For information about the museum visit the website at:
http://www.wienmuseum.at/en/locations/location-detail/johann-strauss-wohnung-1.html