Riesenrad & Prater, Vienna

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Giant Ferris Wheel & recreation park

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  • Remains of Roman buildings in Vindobona
    Remains of Roman buildings in Vindobona
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  • Medieval works on one of many churches
    Medieval works on one of many churches
    by Pavlik_NL
  • Riesenrad & Prater
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    Vienna History: from Vindobona to Medieval time

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Nov 21, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Already in the Roman times, a village was situated along the banks of the river Donau (Danube). The Romans made a fortified town out of it in their constant struglle to keep Eastern invasions under their thumb. Vindobonum grew slowly and even when the Roman empire fell, the town became bigger and more important in the region. When the Holy Roman Empire choose Vienna to one of their capitols, the city got yet another impuls. In trade, Vienna became important as link between the Western and Eastern societies and a junction of various trading routes over land and along the Donau (Danube) as well.

    Fondest memory: Taking the evening ride on the Prater Giant Wheel with Irina and enjoying the springtime colours in the Stadtpark

    Remains of Roman buildings in Vindobona Medieval works on one of many churches

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    The Riesenrad

    by yooperprof Updated Aug 12, 2003

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    Favorite thing: It's basically a big bicycle wheel, the work of British engineer Walter Bassett, who supervised its construction in 1898. The Risenrad was created for Emperor Franz Joseph's 50th Anniversary on the throne: pleasing the plebians with the thrills of modern technology. (Empress Elizabeth - "Sisi" - was assassinated in September 1898, but the celebrations went on anyway!)

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    Gard's General Tip

    by Gard Written Aug 25, 2002

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory of the trip to Vienna is the visit to the themepark Prater. I like having fun when I travel and it was great to find a themepark in the middle of town. Don't miss the large ferriswheel. It gives you a great view to the city and the themepark itself. For more information visit http://www.prater.at

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    Go to the Prater The Prater...

    by houba Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Go to the Prater The Prater in Vienna is the expansive area (6,143,984 m²) close to the city centre where the Viennese go for recreation. Due to regulation of the Danube and extensive use of the park for recreation activities, relatively little remains of what was once a vast river basin used as the imperial hunting ground; today the area offers a wide variety of open spaces, ranging from natural landscape to city park. You can find here the Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad)Its 65 m high and weights 430 t. The construction of steel is build in 1896/97 by the english engineer Walter Basset.

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    So much architecture and...

    by bonio Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: So much architecture and history here, but, for me it has to be ....

    Fondest memory: The big wheel in Prater Park. If you've ever seen or read The Third Man you must remember the big wheel, and this is it. Superb!! Great memory, the whole park is a good afternoon out, I guess it's best at weekends.

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    The Giant Ferris Wheel...

    by andreavienna Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad) is Vienna´s second most famous landmark next to St.Stephen´s Cathedral. During a slow, relaxing ride, one can enjoy a tremendous view of the city below.

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    It's worthy to begin your...

    by nessie-ch Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: It's worthy to begin your Vienna visit with a ride on the Big Prater wheel, I enjoyed it...
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