The Wiener Riesenrad or giant Ferris wheel is one of the two main landmarks in Vienna. And we believe that is as it should be. Anyone who would like to experience and enjoy the atmosphere of a long, turbulent history combined with some genuine Viennese ambience should make a ride on the fascinating steel construction a fixed date in his stay in Vienna.It was 1897 when the Wiener Riesenrad, planned by English engineers, started turning. Why 1897? Because that was the year Emperor Franz Josef I had his golden jubilee. This was duly celebrated by the erection of one of the largest Ferris wheels in the world at the time, with a diameter of 60 metres and the corresponding viewing height.
At the time a ride on the wheel cost a lot more money than an average Viennese citizen could ever afford. As a visitor to Vienna today you have a decisive advantage – which attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year. With the purchase of an Online Ticket you can save waiting time at the cash desk.
Some circular world historyThe Riesenrad came very close to being demolished during the First World War due to the difficult circumstances as well as ownership issues. During the Second World War it was placed under cultural heritage protection. Which, of course, didn't really help much against bombing. It was almost completely destroyed by air raids, and rebuilt about ten years later in a new version with fewer gondolas.
You can learn more about the Ferris wheel and the entire Wiener Prater in the Panorama Museum beside the Ferris wheel with its artistically and technically fascinating installations.
Why you will love the Wiener RiesenradFor some people the Wiener Riesenrad is highly romantic. Especially for the young couples who get married in it. Yes, even that is possible in the Wiener Riesenrad. Or enjoy a candlelight dinner. Even without committing to matrimony.
And if you just want to escape the world for a few moments, then this is the right place for you. At the zenith of the wheel, high above the Wiener Prater, you will find a special type of freedom, rocking gently in the breeze with a wonderful view over the city.