The Giant Ferris Wheel of Vienna (Prater Riesenrad) is a masterpiece of 19th century technology. People who use it can enjoy the unique view of Vienna. The Giant Ferris Wheel has been a cultural and architectural landmark of Vienna for more than 100 years. Many people claim that it is a must-see attraction for every visitor of Vienna.
The Wheel is situated in the Prater area of Vienna. Together with other attractions here the Wheel is a place that offers lots of fun for its visitors. You can reach the Wheel by using U 1. The Prater is situated between the Danube Tower and the St. Stephen`s cathedral. The address of the Wiener Riesenrad is: Riesenplatz 1-A-1022 Vienna, Austria. The internet site for more information is: wienerriesenrad.com.
The Giant Ferris Wheel was built in 1897 and since then its silhouette has been a landmark of Vienna and a symbol of Vienna`s Prater. Constructed by the English engineer Walter B. Basset to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Francis Joseph I, the Giant Wheel survived through the years. Unlike the giant wheels of London, Blackpool, Paris, and Chicago, the Giant Ferris Wheel of Vienna survived natural disasters and tests of war. After 1945, when most of the technical installations and all cabins had been destroyed by fire and bombs, the Vienna`s Wheel was turning again, symbolizing the reconstruction of Vienna. The cabins today house hundreds of hand-made figures and mechanic installations at the bottom of the Wheel, kindly inviting visitors to learn more about Vienna`s rich and exciting heritage. There is a Café-Restaurant of the Giant Wheel where one can experience Vienna`s traditional hospitality and coffee-house culture. Here you can enjoy also regional flavors and cuisine in the midst of the colorful hustle and bustle of the Prater. Six exclusively furnished cabins are available as festive backdrop for your one-of-a-kind event. These cabins are suitable for birthday parties, children parties, lunch, marriage, romantic dinner, in other words-everything is possible here. The Giant Wheel is also the perfect setting for presentations, press conferences, celebrations, business lunches. You can take history home with you by visiting the gift shop and buying fine porcelain, traditional Viennese culinary delights, quality textiles featuring the image of the Giant Ferris Wheel or a model of it. You can get your photo at the bottom of the Wheel and take home the beautiful panoramic view of Vienna in the background.