It has already gone through a lot – and is now turning around its own axis as proudly as ever: the Vienna Ferris Wheel. The circular structure with its gondolas towers 65 meters into the sky – and today is considered the symbol of Vienna. Like the Ferris Wheel Vienna, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Schönbrunn are also on the list of top attractions in the city.
Ferris Wheel – the history
In 1897, the wheel was built on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the throne of Emperor Franz Josef I. 20 years later it should have been demolished – but the money was missing. And the Ferris wheel was thus spared. And was allowed to continue turning.
From the 1920s, it was raised to the status symbol thanks to Hollywood: More and more film makers took the unusual structure in the motives of their films. In the turmoil of the Second World War, the bike suffered enormous fire damage in 1944 – and was rebuilt. Since 1947, today’s landmark is turning again.
Viennese Ferris Wheel – 360 degree view
Today, the ride in a gondola of the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel offers an excursion into the history of the city – with a panoramic view at the same time over the rooftops of Vienna. In addition, since 2008, the Riesenrad-Platz has been the new, nostalgically designed entrance to the Viennese Wurstelprater. For the 120th anniversary in 2017, a renewal was carried out and supplemented on the basis of the original plans of 1897 newly built but equipped with air conditioning and heating gondolas.
360 degree view from the Ferris wheel gondola to the city:
For the espionage classic “The Third Man” and for the James Bond film “The Breath of Death” this landmark was included as a location.
360 degree view of the Prater in the area of Madame Tussauds and Ferris wheel:
A few facts about the speed and duration of a ride: The Ferris wheel turns leisurely with a maximum of 2.7 kilometers per hour. The journey takes between 12 and 15 minutes.
Tip: Online tickets for Ferris Wheel Vienna
If you want to overtake the queue at the Ferris wheel, you should buy an online ticket. With this tips for things are moving faster 🙂
Arrival and location of the Vienna Riesenrad
address: Riesenradplatz 1, 1020 Vienna
public accessibility: subway line U1 or U2, stop Praterstern or train journey with S1 to S4 or S7 station Praterstern