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Prostitutes banned in Prater

A ban on street prostitution is to be enforced due to the building of dormitories for the new Wirtschaftsuniversität (WU, University of Economics), which opens campus doors this October. The construction of student dorms makes Südportal-, Messe-, and Perspektivstraße, heavily trafficked at night by streetwalkers, a residential zone and street solicitation will be no longer […]

The Twilight of the Ghost Trains

The Twilight of the Ghost Trains

It’s easily been a couple of decades since I’ve felt I had to close my eyes on an amusement park ride. I’m not afraid of heights or the dark on their own, but when my tiny metal car started its climb along a darkened, kerchunking track in one of the Prater’s Geisterbahnen, or ghost trains, […]

Pratercottage – Secret Suburb Downtown

On a thin strip of land, sandwiched between the Prater greenery and the Danube Canal, is a unique neighbourhood, unknown, even to many Viennese. In the late 19th century, well-heeled citizens built free-standing English-style “Cottages” (Kottedsch, in Wienerisch), in contrast to the hefty Gründerzeit apartment buildings in the rest of town. To this day the […]

Tenting at the WienerWiesn

Tenting at the WienerWiesn

What better way to ring in the autumn season then by downing frothy beer in massive tumblers, and frolicking to embarrassing music in a tent filled with bosomy dirndls and well-worn Lederhosen?  While the tradition is originally Bavarian, Vienna has adopted their own version of the Oktoberfest, or as the Bavarian natives call it, die […]

Filmmaker Ottinger Discusses the Circus

Filmmaker Ottinger Discusses the Circus

On the occasion of their exhibition “Parallelwelt Zirkus” (Parallel World Circus), Kunsthalle Wien presents photography and films Prater and Superiba – Pride by German filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger at Filmcasino. A panel discussion follows the screening: Ulrike Ottinger will talk with Verena Conrad (curator of Kunsthalle Wien), Matthias Christen (professor of media studies at the University of Bayreuth), and Kurt […]

The Fun of the Fair

The Fun of the Fair

People have been enjoying Vienna’s Prater for almost 250 years, and it’s easy to see why. The vast island of green has something for everyone, including a thrilling fairground with a past every bit as colourful as its present.   The early years The word Prater (from the Latin Pratum meaning “meadow”) was first coined […]

After Dark: in the Pratersauna

Smack between the Hauptallee and the Prater Amusement Park, there is a most eclectic venue. Hot summer nights see young things trolling through the dark, wooded area – past herds of women of the night – seeking an asylum revered by several generations of Viennese. Part nightclub, part bar, part sauna, Pratersauna is a legend […]

Women of the Shadows

It was a bitterly cold night in early December, the kind when you wish you were at home with a cup of hot chocolate cradled in your hands. On the Prater Messestraße, half a dozen women in faux fur and high boots had taken up their places under the trees, partially hidden in the dim […]

Hakoah: Return of Strength

Hakoah: Return of Strength

It’s not often that you see the ‘Star of David’ nowadays in Vienna’s Leopoldstadt – once the centre of one of Europe’s most vibrant Jewish communities. But now it’s flying high again on a flag outside the Hakoah sports centre deep in the Prater. Hakoah is a club steeped in tradition that, this spring, has […]

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