|Diameter of the Wheel:
||60,96 m (=200 feet)
|Height of axis centre:
|Total weight of the iron structure:
||0,75 m/sec = 2,7 km/h
Since 1987 cabin nr. 30 serves as a luxuy cabin
|Number of cabins:
15 (prior to 1945: 30)
|with VIENNA Card
|Groups (from 10 persons) per person
|Children up to age 3
|Children aged 3 - 14
|2 adults + 2 children up to 14
|2 adults + 3 children up to 14
|2 adults + 4 children up to 14
|Teachers and accompanying adults with school
|School groups (up to age 14) per person
|School groups (from age 14) per person
|Nursery school groups (per child)
|Visitors with Disabilities
Vienna's Prater - The
Giant Ferris Wheel
Ever since it opened, the Giant Ferris Wheel has been
a symbol of Vienna's Prater district,
and with its famous silhouette
seen from far off it has become the city's trademark.
The Giant Ferris
Wheel, erected by the British engineer Walter B. Besset, has the proud
distinction, in contrast to other wheels in London, Blackpool, Paris, or
Chicago, of having withstood all the natural catastrophes and acts of
war to which it has been subjected.
Following the destruction of the
entire operating system and all the cabins in 1945 by bombs and fire,
the Giant Ferris Wheel, like the city it symbolises, very soon began to
rise from the ashes to turn again.
On 1 May The Giant Ferris Wheel entered a new epoch.
1020 Wien, Prater 20
Telefon: 0043/1/729 54 30
Fax.: 0043/1/729 54 30 20
The Giant Ferris Wheel,
trademark of Austria's capital city and a symbol of
Vienna's world-famous Prater District, creates a very
special point of reference for every visitor with its
unmistakeable silhouette, clearly visible even from
circular trip on one of the most significant and
fascinating structures in the world, and the unique view
of the city of Vienna, make the Giant Ferris Wheel an
absolute cultural and architectural must for every
visitor to Austria's capital.
Luxury Cabins and Hire
15 cabins provide visitors with a
unique "round trip experience." From journeys in cabins of
the style of the year 1897 to small-scale celebrations,
press conferences, or a romantic dinner for two in our
luxury cabins, the "Jubiläumswaggon"
If you’re looking for something
special, why not book a romantic crystal dinner for two in
the Crystal Wagon specially designed by SWAROVSKI VIENNA?
The offer additionally includes a surprise gift from
hire cabins are popular with travel
operators and companies for a heavenly trip
accompanied by a glass of champagne.
are always pleased to provide you with
information about our range of services for
your event at the Giant Ferris Wheel.
it a presentation or press conference,
proposal of marriage, birthday or
anniversary celebration, stag night or
children's party, brunch or lunch –
everything is possible.
1897 The Giant
Ferris Wheel was erected to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of
Emperor Franz Josef I, marking fifty years of his reign and at the
same time becoming a permanent feature of Vienna's rooftop skyline.
draw attention to the poverty and dire social conditions
of both herself and her husband, Vienna citizen Marie
Kindl hangs herself from the window of one of the cabins
during a ride.
part of a film, Madame Solange d'Atalide, a successful
circus manageress and rider, completes a revolution of the
Giant Ferris Wheel sitting on a horse on the roof of one
of the cabins.
is issued by a law court authorising the demolition of the
Giant Ferris Wheel, something which was never carried out
due to shortage of funds.
and more U.S. film producers start to use the Giant Ferris
Wheel as a motif, with the panorama of Vienna in the
Giant Ferris Wheel is burnt down.
Wheel is rebuilt, at the same time as the reconstruction
of St. Stephen's Cathedral, the State Opera House, and the
back into operation.
The Giant Ferris Wheel enters a new epoch.
On 1 May 2002 the eight lost cabins were returned. They form
a Wheel of History in the Panorama and take visitors back on
a journey through the history of Vienna and stories of the
Since 1 May 2002 the
Giant Ferris Wheel has illuminated the night skies of Vienna
bathed in gold and silver light.
On 1 May 2002 the
Prater and Vienna gained a new attraction which harmoniously
brings together the old and the new, the past and the very
present, tradition and high-tech.
Stroll on in and experience the diversity of
Vienna's new gateway to enjoyment. Here, the traditional and
the modern meld into a unique mélange -- of new and old, of
business and entertainment, of high hospitality and the
incomparable atmosphere of the Prater. Vienna charm,
delights for the senses, the spectacle, business, magic… All
at once – at the Riesenradplatz in Vienna! You have to have