“Life can be like a roller coaster with its ups and downs. What matters is whether you are keeping your eyes open or closed during the ride and who is next to you.”

Prater Park
Prater Park

My apartment is near the Wurstelprater, an amusement park in the city of Vienna, simply called Prater. It boasts the famous ferris wheel, the Riesenrad. NM, TN and I had some extra time between classes, so we took a walk through the Prater to enjoy the fall color and explore the park one afternoon. It’s an intriguing place – it offers a combination of Six-Flags-caliber rides with county-fair-level fun houses. Some of the themed rides in particular were on the cheesy side, though I wasn’t entirely sure how ironically to take the spinning sombreros ride, for instance. There was also inexplicably a North-American-football-themed fun house with some burly footballers. Enjoy the photos and draw your own conclusions.

The famous ferris wheel: the Reisenrad
The famous ferris wheel: the Reisenrad
Prater Park
Prater Park
On this ride, you ride on your belly, and it launches you like a rocket, head-first.
On this ride, you ride on your belly, and it launches you like a rocket, head-first.
The smaller of the two ferris wheels at the Prater
The smaller of the two ferris wheels at the Prater
Haunted House/Fun House
Haunted House/Fun House
This guy is holding up the corner of a haunted house/fun house.
This guy is holding up the corner of a haunted house/fun house.
A rather terrifying scarecrow
A rather terrifying scarecrow
This water ride looked a little insane - mostly because you would be freezing if you got wet here.
This water ride looked a little insane – mostly because you would be freezing if you got wet here.
This ride played German techno music crazy loud, and check out the art behind the ride.
This ride played German techno music crazy loud, and check out the art behind the ride.
Best WC/restroom signs ever
Best WC/restroom signs ever
These giant statues turn.
These giant statues turn.
The Prater version of the teacup ride.
The Prater version of the teacup ride.
From a distance, these statues look like real people standing there, especially after dark.
From a distance, these statues look like real people standing there, especially after dark.
Statues near the kids' section of the park
Statues near the kids’ section of the park
The most terrifying ATM in the world.
The most terrifying ATM in the world.
A dance-themed fun house that seemed kind of like it was encouraging pole dancing.
A dance-themed fun house that seemed kind of like it was encouraging pole dancing.
Always with the clowns...
Always with the clowns…
Prater Park
Prater Park
Football, American style. The
Football, American style. The “ride” is a fun house.
Spinning Sombreros!
Spinning Sombreros!
Another of the fun houses
Another of the fun houses
Prater Park
Prater Park
Title quote: Ana Ortega

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