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Old "TOBOGGAN" (closed) at the Prater (Wurstelprater amusement park), Vienna (Austria)

The Prater first opened the Toboggan in 1913. During the second World War it burned completely to the ground. It was rebuilt to its exact form
in 1947 using the original blue prints. Due to security reasons the Toboggan closed in 2000 and was not available for visitors until it reopened
in March 2009. The Toboggan, traditionally known as Helter-Skelters in Europe, is one of the world's oldest wooden slides.

A helter skelter is a funfair or amusement park ride with a slide built in a spiral around a high tower.
Users climb up inside the tower and slide down the outside, usually on a mat or hessian sack.
Typically the ride will be of wooden construction and, in the case of fairground versions,
designed to be disassembled to facilitate transportation between sites.

The Prater is a large public park in Vienna's 2nd district (Leopoldstadt). The Wurstelprater amusement park,
often simply called "Prater", stands in one corner of the Wiener Prater and includes the Wiener Riesenrad.
Matthijs van Wageningen
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