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Viennese Giant Ferris Wheel, Vienna

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Viennese Giant Ferris Wheel, a landmark on the Vienna skyline, is one of the earliest Ferris wheels ever built. The nearly 65 m (212 ft) tall Ferris wheel opened in 1897 in celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I. Enter one of the eight original wooden cabins that form the Wheel of History. The tour takes you through 2,000 years of the history of the capital city. Audio impressions and an enormous diorama tell the stories of the Prater, which brings a longstanding tradition back to life. Put Viennese Giant Ferris Wheel into our Vienna trip builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Vienna.
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  • About Giant heard, probably everyone who heard about Vienna Prater. Can't remember what prevented me from visiting him even a dozen years ago, when he was in Austria for the first time, but the gap was filled. Complex impressions: a mixture of children's delight, respect to the creators of this miracle of technology, which this year is 120 years old, the sensation of touch to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Interestingly, the main visitors were the same as I did "boys and girls" far beyond 40, likely performing one of his childhood dream.
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  • Lovely ride on the wheel. Very nice smooth motion so not too bad for those without a head for heights. Ride lasts about 15 minutes. Great views over the city.  more »
  • The Ferris wheel is a solid and become sweet institution in Vienna's Prater, in that part of the Viennese called "Wurschtelprater" (Hans Wurst Prater), which is a public amusement park. The built in 1897, and occurring in many U.S. films Ferris wheel offers a view from nearly 65 meters height on Vienna also the possibility to have a candlelight dinner (we have not perceived but this possibility). Actually the Ferris wheel is a fixture on our tours often, if we show our Vienna foreign friends, but similarly to the FIaker's is for us a pleasure that we take without tourists not to claim, because it is otherwise too expensive for us. Recommended is the restaurant "Kingfisher" at the foot of the Ferris wheel with a new (and very well-known chef) from Austrian television, Mr Oliver Court finger.
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  • Great view of the city. Not itself in a historic district, but you can see everything and the ferris wheel cars themselves are pretty cool.
  • Decently big giant wheel. Goes slowly and gives a nice view of the surrounding areas. Better to go in the dark. The wheel itself lits up well !
  • The Ferris wheel is nice if a little out of the center. It is based in what seems like a funfair area where it looks out of place. Not sure what I was expecting but all-in-all quite uneventful ride. Nice to do if you are in the area, but definitely not a must do
  • The Wiener Prater is dominated by its largest attraction, the Riesenrad Ferris Wheel. One of the oldest ferris wheels in the world that is still operating, it was built in 1920 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Austrian emperor Franz Josef I. After other much taller Ferris wheels were demolished, the Wiener Riesenrad became the tallest and held that crown until 1985. The Riesenrad might looked familiar, because it was part of a scene in Timothy Dalton’s The Living Daylights, the very first James Bond film I’ve ever watched in the cinemas. You can actually book one of the cabins of the Riesenrad for a romantic evening out, overlooking the entire Wiener Prater. It's actually quite a rustic experience. A walk back in time, play a game or two at the carnival below and adjourned to your private booth for a meal, lost in conversation against a backdrop of nostalgia. Who would've thought such simplicity brings much pleasure for one evening in Vienna.
  • Nice place. 10 euro for one turn is not expensive though