Hungarians have said their final goodbyes to the 175-year-old Vidampark, which was forced to close due to the economic problems in the country.

Vidampark (Happy Park) closed its doors on Monday, with only attractions considered national heritage items being saved.

The roller coaster, the longest of the three wooden ones still operating in Europe, is one of the attractions that will survive the amusement park's demise.

The park has hosted countless weddings, parties and even a European midget conference over its long history.

Vidampark survived bombings during World War II and a fire set by a pyromaniac, but it could not keep going amid flagging attendance and Hungary's economic meltdown.

The Budapest City Park was turned into a public space for artists, vendors and performers, as well as an exhibition center for new inventions, in the early 19th century.

Movies, the telegraph, the telephone (the telephone exchange was invented by Hungarian Tivadar Puskas), the phonograph and other inventions were exhibited at Vidampark, park spokeswoman Eva Árendas told Efe.

The park sustained extensive damage during World War II and was nationalized and redone in 1950 under the communists.

Vidampark was at its peak in the 1970s, when attendance during the April-October operating season topped 2.7 million.

The park fell into disrepair in recent years, with the number of visitors dropping to between 250,000 and 300,000 annually. EFE