By Meagen Collins / Travel Freedom Network
You don’t need a Delorean to travel back in time. You just need to visit one of the oldest amusement parks in the world — with a Polaroid camera. In Vienna, both of these things are possible, thanks to tour company PolaWalk, which offers a guided walk through Vienna’s 250-year-old Wurstelprater amusement park, complete with a Polaroid camera rental and a pack of instant film that lets you see the historic site through a very different lens.
Although the company runs several city tours (one that covers street art, another that visits Christmas markets, as well as tours in Warsaw and Graz), our favorite is the walk through the historic Prater. The park was once an imperial hunting ground for the exclusive use of the aristocracy. But in 1766, Emperor Josef II donated the land, and it was re-designated for public entertainment. Soon after that, bowling alleys, cinemas, cafés, and merry-go-rounds were created for the public to enjoy.
Flash forward to 2015. We live in a modern world with super roller coasters and flashy attractions that we happily share on Instagram with our smartphones. But what would it be like to step back in time and see Vienna in a different way — to a time before we had filters to give our pictures a “vintage” look. Take a walk down memory lane with us, as we share what we discovered on our stroll through the Prater. I’m sure you’ll see a few golden oldie attractions you’ll recognize, and maybe even be inspired to take a Polaroid approach to your next trip.