The world’s oldest amusement park

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When you think of Austria, you imagine rolling hills, classical concerts, art galleries and schnaps with everything. Riding some crazy snake ride with a g-force that turned my dress into a crop top was the last thing I thought I’d be doing in Vienna. Yet on the night of my very first summer birthday this how I found myself and all I have to say is that it was AWESOME!

Prater Amusement Park in Vienna is the oldest amusement park in the world and also home to the world’s oldest operating Ferris wheel, which was constructed back in 1897. Thankfully I found this out after I’d jumped on every crazy ride I could find and was able to enjoy the old-school vibe of the amusement park. There was no merch on display or over-priced snacks, just good old-fashioned rides and that’s the way it should be.

The oldest operating Ferris wheel in the world

We discovered the seatbelt at the last minute!

We Are Handsome windmill dress

Almost lost my dress on this ride!

We travelled through Europe as guests of Contiki. The trip we were on usually starts in Berlin then heads to Prague and Vienna, finishing up in Budapest. We were on a tight schedule so we went the other way around and skipped Berlin. If you’ve been inspired to visit Prague, check out Contiki Berlin to Budapest.

As the founder of THIS ISLAND LIFE, Laura is an expert on all things summer. When she's not at home in Sydney, she's chasing the warm-weather to exotic destinations across the globe.

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