Theme Day - Circle/Sphere ---- My World 7 - Riesenrad

by - 1.12.08

ferris wheel

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.

Technical Data
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 is the reflection of my camera on the train's glass window.

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  1. It's great picture, but I don't think you'd get me up there :-).

  2. Oh I didn't realize that Vienna has a giant one of these too and is this the oldest in operation?

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  3. I just love the Riesenrad in the prater. Thanks for the memories.

  4. Looks like a fun place to spend some happy time!

  5. That's a beautiful ferris wheel. Interesting to learn about it.

  6. Looks a great ride there.nice post.

  7. I didn't realize there were ferris wheels more than 100 years old. I like looking at it but I'd never go up in one.

  8. What a magnificent shot! I didn't realize there were any ferris wheels that old either! Fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. Have you been on this wheel? Cool shot.

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  10. What a wonderful ferris wheel and interesting facts too.

  11. What a great ferris wheel, i surely wouldn't want to be on it tho, i don't like them. It truly is different

  12. lovely shot of a grand old ferris wheel

  13. Hello Gizelle! Very nice picture and interesting data about the ferris wheel.
    I always like to see ferris wheels from... the ground!!! :-)

  14. i remember this shot. simply beautiful.

  15. First time I've seen a ferris wheel with the spokes covered by something. Nice design. I'm a little late, but happy theme day!

  16. That's nice and beautiful - it looks to me like Japanese fan:)

  17. nice shot... pero takut din ako... i used to love thrill rides. pero ngayon, ayawan na... takot na ako. hahaha... pang merry go round na lang ako. ;-)

  18. Hi, no I did not arrange the flowers, I took pictures from shop windows :)
    Riesenrad is a lot of fun, isn't it?

  19. Love it! This is a someday "must do" thing. I can't believe how old it is!