In 1766, Emperor Josef II opened up to the public a large walled hunting ground. The Prater was soon used as an amusement park and for rides on horseback or in carriages. People went there to dance the waltz, still extremely popular in the Belle-Époque. The Prater itself is huge (over 5km long) but the fairground known as the Wurstelpark is the most popular part, with its giant Ferris Wheel immortalised by Carol Reed in his film, The Third Man.
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