The Prater main alley is lined with stunning chestnut trees and runs right from Praterstern to the Viennese Lusthaus.
Way paved by Emperor Ferdinand I., built by Emperor Maximilian II., adored by Emperor Franz Joseph II.
Once a gunshot into the wide greenery, then a yellow spot in the landscape, occasionally a hunting lodge, afterwards a welcome place for get-togethers of Vienna's noblesse, a baroque pavilion, a hoard of chattering parrots, put into words by Heimito von Doderer, caricatured by Adalbert Stifter, frequented by Arthur Schnitzler and Felix Salten, stunning emblem of calmly swinging exhilaration, incomparable opening gate to nature, mild shadow of romance – this is the Lusthaus, which has over the years become a beloved, famous Viennese café and restaurant – and up to today, it still is.
The ambiance imparts a mix between historical, classy elegance and contemporary serenity.
Like an island of relaxation in the middle of the Viennese Prater, this rarity offers the perfect background for a rendezvous, a tete-a-tete, for lunch, for some hours leisurely spent or for the ordinary evening cocktail, for spontaneous meetings and a nice little “hello” among friends.
The restaurant offers room for events with up to 200 people, plus 120 seats on the partly roofed patio and 50 seats on the balcony and is reachable within 10 minutes (by car) coming from the inner city.
Parking spots are always available around the Lusthaus.
It is said that it has also happened that some took the possibility of taking the hackney carriage to follow the Emperor's footprints – from the hotel via the Giant Ferris Wheel, The Third Man, Liliom (play by Franz Molnar) or Lieutenant Gustl (from “None but the brave” by Arthur Schnitzler)... to enjoy a retreat of relaxation and serenity far from the bustle of everyday life.
In the afternoons, the in-house patisserie invites you to try the finest treats and sweets, while the evenings are spent with indulging on one or two good bottles of wine or more – sometimes until breaking dawn.
And at that, many a virtuous guest has become a close friend.
Welcome at the Viennese Lusthaus!