Even in its new guise as a club, Pratersauna has retained something of its original 1960s charm. Following a root and branch refurb in 2009, the former sauna has enjoyed a new lease on life as one of the capital's most popular late night haunts. In January 2012 readers of Berlin-based magazine de:bug voted Pratersauna Europe's second best club for the second year in a row. Western Austria's popular culture festival, poolbar, will set up shop in Pratersauna for the third time from May 10-12, 2012 with a broad range of musical genres from lesser-known niches to mainstream pop. Canadian star DJ A-Trak - who filled dance floors the world over as one of the main collaborators on smash hit Barbra Streisand - is headlining.
A month later the next festival will be waiting in the wings to take over where poolbar left off. From June 14-18 all three floors of Pratersauna, as well as its pool, will be the epicenter of the Prater Unser club festival, which is also coming into its third year in 2012. Various locations throughout the Prater park will play host to top international acts from the worlds of house, techno, dubstep, drum'n'bass, electro, disco, hip-hop and much more besides. Among the stars are delano smith from Detroit, juju & jordash from Amsterdam and UK outfits Krystal Klear and Om Unit. A techno carriage on Vienna's trademark Riesenrad (Giant Ferris Wheel) and a 24hr Sunday party complete the picture.