Vienna’s famous Riesenrad (Giant Ferris Wheel) is a landmark in this city. It is 64.75 meters (212 feet) tall and was built back in 1897, to celebrate the golden jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef. It was one of the first ferris wheels every built.
It was the world’s tallest ferris wheel from 1920 until 1985. The original Ferris wheel, constructed in Chicago, US was taller before it was demolished.
I’ve been many times, but enjoyed going back on a recent trip to Vienna with my children – who wanted to go on the Riesenrad and to enjoy the rest of the Prater park where it is located.
I’ve already written in an earlier post about the fantastic time we had biking around Vienna, where we also biked through the Prater Park’s Grande Promenade, and admired views of the famous ferris wheel during the day time.
We then went back to enjoy a ride at night time, when I like to get a view over the city all illuminated. We had a great time seeing the city all lit up from up on high as we made our slow trip around.
The idea is nice, but I’m not sure how romantic the dinner can really be with two kids staring into your cabin the whole time to see what you’re eating. : )
All in all, it was a fun way to spend a few hours in Vienna, and you can reach the Prater park very conveniently by bicycle or metro from the center of the city.
So, on your next visit to beautiful Vienna, be sure to take a ride on the historic Wienerriesenrad, and enjoy the views.