25 February 08
One of the famous playplace for kids in Vienna is the Praterstern. Carnival, arcade games and pure fun awaits them and also those child-at heart here. One of the biggest attraction is the big Riesenrad (Ferris/Giant wheel), it has become a Viennese icon much like the London Eye or Tokyo's Big-O or the Singapore Flyer. A ride would give you a good view of the city.
The Ferris wheel was erected in the years 1896-97 by the English engineer Walter Basset, The same engineer who made one in London, as well as Chicago, Blackpool, and Paris.
Total height: 64,75 m
Diameter of the Wheel: 60,96 m (=200 feet)
Height of axis centre: 34.20 m
Total weight of the iron structure: 430,05 t
Turning speed: 0,75 m/sec = 2,7 km/h
Number of cabins: 15 (prior to 1945: 30)
Since 1987 cabin nr. 30 serves as a luxury cabin
Prices range from 3,20E (kids) to 8E(adults) but lower when you come in groups.
If you look closely, there's another circle...it is the reflection of my camera on the train's glass window.
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