Wiener Riesenrad - Giant Ferris Wheel, Vienna
-Loads of interseting buildings to see :
St Stephans cathedral, Karlskirche, Rathaus, Votivkirche. Then theres the Donautrum, an observation tower 160m high(E3.30) for great views of the city. Theres also the Prater amusement park to see the very old Riesenrad, ferris wheel.
-Wiener Kriminal museum , to see pickled and burnt heads of humans!
-Freud museum - quite interesting museum on Freud, his home in Vienna, 5 euro to get in as a student.
-about 3 hours from Vienna, near Linz, actually in Mauthausen, is the Mauthausen concentration camp from the 2nd world war. Only 1.82euro to get in and worth a visit to see what happened in the war.
In the Praterstern, actually a somewhat disappointing park with a fair, we find the Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad). It was built in 1896-1897. This 65 m high Ferris Wheel with 15 gondolas is one of the most famous symbols of Vienna. We make a ride what was a fun experience. Right at the top gives a magnificent view over the city.
See for an impression the video Giant Ferris Wheel.
Accessible with the U-Bahn Praterstern and tram O, 5, 21
Pratermuseum is located close to the Giant ferris wheel, in the same building as the Planetarium. It is a small museum. The entrance costs 2 EUR for adults, on Sundays the entrance is free. Actually I found it very interesting, you can see old fotos of the Prater and of the people "performing" there in former times, laternae magicae, figures of carousels, placards and a lot of funny memorabilia. You can even see the suit of a giant or a soothsaying-machine, which tells about your future spouse :). Part of the exhibition is dedicated to the 19th century theme park "Venedig in Wien"- Venice style buildings and canals where you could go for a gondola ride- this part of the Prater was unfortunately destroyed in WW II. Unfortunately the descriptions are in German only. They are open from Tuesday to Thursday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; on weekends from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. .
One part of the Prater is a big recreation park (till the beginning of the 20th century it was a hunting area), with a lot of green space and forest. Many people do sports there, for example running, roller skating, or are just sunbathing. There is a riding school as well. Since the 1920ies a little train is going through the Prater, the nostalgic "Liliputbahn". The ticket costs EUR 3,50 (EUR 2,20 for children under 12, free for children under 2) and it is great fun.
One of the main attractions in the Prater is of course the amusement park, which is called "Wurstelprater". It was pretty shabby in the 90ties, now it is well kept again and a nice place for adults and for kids to spend for example a Sunday afternoon. There is no general entrance fee to the amusement park, but they charge directly at the attractions. Tickets cost ca between EUR 1,50 - EUR 15,00 (for the ejection seat- you sit in kind of a big ball and are catapulted up in the air- only for the ones with nerves of steel :)) . Apart from some scary attractions like the "space shot" you`ll find roller coasters, haunted houses, carrousels, racing circuits, gambling houses, pony riding for kids and a looot more. Here you`ll find the famous giant ferris wheel as well, which is Vienna`s landmark. The ticket costs EUR 7,50 for adults and EUR 3,00 for kids between 3 and 14. Watch out for reduced combination tickets, for example Liliputbahn and giant ferris wheel or Donauturm and giant ferris wheel.
Last but not least, the most famous restaurant in the Prater, the large "Schweizerhaus" should be mentioned. It is always packed with people, so if you come with a larger group you should reserve a table, especially at the weekend. They have a large beer garden where you can enjoy a Budweiser beer and the traditional rear knuckle of pork (so called "Stelze" which usually weighs 1.5 kg and costs ca EUR 20,00).
Here's where it all got STARTED !!! ....
Take a ride on the first Giant Ferris Wheel spinning since 1897 ...
There are more than 250 attractions, some of them veeeery scaaary ...
I personaly took few ... Kind of a life expirience :))))) I needed about 20 minutes
to chill after a took a devilish thing that goes up & down ...
If you like adrenalin expirience - head up to the big looking attractions with screaming people,
otherwise stay aside and look how people scream :)
Whatever is it for you - that's a must see in Vienna :)
From it you can enjoy a great view of Vienna, during a 20-minutes-long ride. The first time I went there was very early in the morning on January 1 2000 and we were the only ones!!! The view from there is just wonderful. At the entrance the staff was offering free drinks, such as chocolate, tee and beer, and they asked what we wanted. I said: 'beer' and the man made a funny face looking at his watch, as to say: 'at this hour???' LOL
The Riesenrad or Giant Ferris Wheel has long been an icon in Vienna. Built in 1897 to mark the golden jubilee of Franz Josef 1, the wheel has had a very colourful history ranging from suicides to feats of daring such as the time a woman sat on a horse on the roof of one of the gondolas for a complete rotation of the wheel. It was actually burnt down in WWII but was rebuilt at the same time of the restoration of Stephansdom.
The wheel dominates the skyline of Vienna from its position overlooking the amusement park in the Prater. A visit to the park is a wonderful experience for the young and the young at heart. Lots of eateries abound as well as a myriad of other rides of all shapes and sizes.
The stables where the horses are housed is across the road from Hofburg. There are tours available, but if you just want to have a quick look, a good time to go is after morning practise at around 12 noon when the horses are brought back to the stables. The stables have in recent times been renovated and refurbished and these boys now live in sumptuous surroundings, which of course they fully deserve. There are about 70 of them in all. It takes several years to train them to a standard where they can take part in a formal performance and if you go to the morning practise, you will see horses in all stages of their training from kindergarten class to the true professionals. All in all, you will probably see about 25 different horses during practise, but only 8 or 10 in a gala performance.
What could I add regarding the Big Wheel?, all of us know that this is an icon in Vienna thanks to the film The Third Man. Well, just enjoy, it's all I can say!
Inside an amusement park, it was bulit in 1.897 for the Universal Exhibition, and it is almost 65 m. high and 61m. of diameter.
This Ferris Wheel was built in 1896/97 by the British engineer Walter Basset for the Emperor Franz Josef I's golden jubilee. After burning down during World War II, it was replaced in 1945.
Today the ferris wheel stands at the entrance to the Prater amusement park. The square has been redesigned in a nostalgic theme reminiscent of the Prater in 1900.
A ride on the wheel takes you to a height of 65 metres and gives you a unique view of Vienna. Some of the cabins can be hired for celebrations or romantic dinners for two.
Opening times and prices can be found on the website below.
The amusement park which is believed to be the oldest in the world has a season that runs from the 15th March to the 31st October. Outside of these times you can still walk through the park. The normal hours are 1000 hrs to 0100 hrs, but these times can change depending upon the weather. The price of the rides varies depending upon the attraction but there are rides to suit all tastes, including a number of white knuckle rides.
The Giant Ferris Wheel is open 365 days of the years. It has been a famous landmark since it was opened in 1897 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I. It was damaged during WW2 but was rebuilt and reopened in 1947. It has featured in a number of films but became world famous in the post war film ‘The Third Man’. It is nearly 65m in height and the whole construction weighs 430t. There are 15 cabins on the wheel from which you get fantastic views of Vienna. There are 4 cabins set aside for private hire. For those who fancy something different for a wedding this could be the location. As the cabins have a limit on the number of people allowed, it cuts down on the number of wedding guests.
Just beside the 100+ year old ferris wheel of Reesenrad in Leopoldstadt in Vienna, there is a wonderful amusement park that kids will surely enjoy --- called the WURSTELPRATER.
There’s a wonderful rollercoaster, carousels and several other fun rides. The mascot for the park is Calafati, a 9 meter-tall sculpture of a Chinese man --- why Chinese, I don’t know…
The park is open from 10:00 am to 1:00 am daily in its season from March 15 to October 31. But check actual dates as this may change (I visited in 2007). There is no entrance fee to get into the park; instead, each individually-owned attraction charges its own fee! So, feel free to walk around!!!
I just took a tram to go to the famous 1897 Reisenrad ferris wheel (one of the earliest of its kind) in Vienna's Prater in the second district of Leopoldstadt (designed by Hubert Cecil Booth). At first I was anxious if this old structure would collapse, but remember - it has survived 2 World Wars!
It has a height of 65 meters (213 ft), and from above you see a magnificent view of Vienna as well as a large amusement park. Some of the carts had dining tables, reserved for special occassions and I think it would be a perfect place for a “marriage proposal”!
Drop me a line if you did propose on that ferris wheel (and send pics too!)...
There is a wonderful museum at the base, giving a history of the ferris wheel and pictures of it from the past. It is amazing that it stands to this day, and every new visitor to Vienna should go on it to have a piece of history!
Just on the outskirts of the city centre you'll find the theme park. Now its similar to most but its known for having on of the oldest ferris wheels in the world. Its well worth a visit and at night is amazing to look at.