New York has the Empire State Building, Paris- the Eiffel Tower, Vienna-the Prater, Venice-the San Marko Cathedral,…, London has the British Airways London Eye. Created as a wheel symbolizing the turn of the century the world`s largest observation wheel, the London Eye stands at 135 meters high on the South Bank of the river Thames. It is situated between Waterloo and Westminster Bridges, opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
Londonhas many interesting places for visiting. But why is the Eye one of the preferable attractions? The answer is simple: The Eye offers a spectacular view over central London and beyond and visitors can see around 40 kilometers. In a clear day one can see even the Windsor Castle. Nowadays a lot of people prefer to visit the Eye at night when the view is magical. Can you imagine London at night with all its light?!
From the comfort of an air-conditioned pod attached to the wheel visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful view of this extraordinary city. Each pod holds 25 people and the wheel makes one full rotation every 30 minutes. The speed of the ride is very slow- a capsule travels at only 0.9 km per hour- and because of that reason the wheel doe not stop to let passengers on and off.
Many people from five countries took part in building the Eye and thanks to their skills after seven years the London Eye in 1999 was a reality. Actually, the sponsored by the British Airways wheel was officially opened on 31st December because of the celebration of the New Millennium.