Prater Riesenrad

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Erected in 1897 in celebration of Emperor Franz Josef’s fiftieth birthday, the city’s famous Ferris wheel is located near the entrance to the Prater amusement park, which also has hundreds of other rides and attractions. It’s a fun place for children, especially when it’s warm outside and you can picnic in the expansive park. The Ferris wheel, which measures 200 feet tall, has fifteen enclosed gondolas, and on a clear day it boasts panoramic views. One of Vienna’s most visited attractions, the Riesenrad has been featured in films The Third Man and Before Sunrise.

The family-friendly ride has enormous historical significance: from 1920-1985 it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, and after Vienna withstood 6 months of heavy bombing during World War II, the Riesenrad remained, severely damaged but intact.

Indagare Tip: For a truly special evening, Indagare members can contact our Bookings Team to arrange a candlelit dinner in one of the luxury cabins.

Written by Simone Girner

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