Under fire from animal rights activists and losing money anyway, one of Vienna's unique attractions is about to disappear: a carousel that uses actual horses instead of replicas.
The carousel in the famous Prater amusement park has been operating since 1887 but will close at the end of this summer season. The owner decided after talks with animal rights groups to end the ride. She cited both financial difficulties and increasing hostility toward the ride and its staff.
The ponies will be rehoused on farms. The owners are deciding whether to replace it with a more standard carousel, which would be expensive, or using the site for a food business instead.