|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
|Number of cabins: 15 (prior to 1945: 30)
Since 1987 cabin nr. 30 serves as a luxuy cabin
|... with Vienna Card
|Groups (from 10 persons) per person
|Children up to age 3
|Children aged 3 - 14
|2 adults + 2 children
|2 adults + 3 children
|School groups (up to age 14) per person
|School groups (from age 14) per person
|Nursery school groups (per child)
|Accompanying adult (with group)
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
If you have any questions please mail
01.01. - 29.02. 10.00 -
01.03. - 24.04. 10.00 - 21.45
25.04. - 30.09. 09.00 - 23.45
01.10. - 31.10. 10.00 - 21.45
01.11. - 31.12. 10.00 - 19.45
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
A 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.
15 cabins provide visitors with a unique
"round trip experience". From short journeys in
cabins of the style of the year 1897 to small-scale
celebrations, press conferences, or a romantic dinner for
two in our two luxury cabins, the "Jubiläumswaggon"
and "Jugendstil", make a trip on the
Giant Ferris Wheel into the memory of a lifetime.
We shall be happy to provide you with more information
about the wide range of possibilities of hiring a Giant
Ferris Wheel cabin for your events. Send us an e-mail
or just give us a call.
If you wish, we shall of course take care of all the
organization of your events, from straightforward catering
through to the total arrangements for an event, tailored
precisely to your wishes and concepts.
|From third hour
|Minimum hire period: 1/2 hour
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.
Giant Ferris Wheel is purchased by Dr. Karl Lamac.
Giant Ferris Wheel enters a new epoch
Kommen Sie herein und erleben Sie Vielfalt an
Wiens neuem Tor zum Vergnügen. Hier
verschmelzen Tradition und Moderne zu einer
einzigartigen Melange, hier finden Neu und
Alt, Geschäft und Unterhaltung, höchste
Gastlichkeit und unvergleichliche
Prateratmosphäre zueinander. Wiener Charme,
Sinnesfreuden, Spektakel, Business und Magie.
Alles auf einmal - auf dem Wiener
Riesenradplatz! Das müssen Sie gesehen hab