Giant Ferris Wheel
You may want to visit this landmark of Vienna in the footsteps of the immortal movie "The Third Man" or simply enjoy the view of the city from almost 200 feet up. One thing is certain - only when you have taken a ride on the Riesenrad are you really in Vienna!
The Giant Ferris Wheel is open yar round and is one of the most frequented attractions in the Danube metropolis. Ferris Wheel Square was redesigned in 2008. Now this entrance to the Prater amusement park is a nostalgic theme world reminiscent of the Prater in the year 1900.
The traditional city inn "Zum Eisvogel" has returned to the Prater and offers award-winning Viennese cuisine. After its inaugural opening in 1805, the inn and its tasteful, sophisticated offering gradually rose to become a Viennese institution. Even today, the kitchen chefs hold fast to this qualities of yesteryear. Thus the menu is missing neither the classic Vienna schnitzel nor the imaginatively served yeast dumpling. The local foods are creatively dished up when a decent portion of "Viennese charm".
Fairy tales and legends come to life in the Miraculum at Ferris Wheel Square. Visitors are charmed into Magic University by breathtaking feats of magic. State-of-the-art technology transports them right into the middle of things, making them part of a captivating show. The 1st Vienna Magic Theatre rounds off the world of magic.
"Vienna Airlines" can also be found at Ferris Wheel Square - an exciting flight simulator that "takes off" five times and hour, providing a bird's eye view of Vienna with all its famous sights.
An Attractive Adventure World...
Today, the Riesenrad offers an attractive adventure world: at the entrance area, a "Panorama" tells the history of this monumental ferris wheel and the City of Vienna - with nostalgic installations that drift past you in giant ferris wheel cars. At the Riesenrad Shop, you can buy exquisite Viennese porcelain and crystal, models of the Riesenrad and high-quality textiles in the Riesenrad-Look. A café-restaurant provides culinary delights and pampers you in a cozy ambiance with Viennese specialities.
The Giant Ferris Wheel was built in 1896/97 by the British engineer Walter Basset and wasn't the only one of its kind back then: Basset built similar panorama wheels - extremely popular at the end of the 19th century - in Chicago, London, Blackpool and Paris as well.
You can book online tickets for the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel, the roundtrip flight to Vienna with Vienna Airlines along with the Miraculum and many other top attractions in Vienna at ViennaHighlights.
2., Prater Underground: U1, U2, Streetcar O, 5: Praterstern S1-S3, S7, S15: Wien Nord
1st January till 18th February: 10.00 am - 7.45 pm
1st March till 24th April: 10.00 am - 9.45 pm
25th April till 30th September: 9.00 am - 11.45 pm
1st October till 31st October: 10.00 am - 9.45 pm
1st November till 31st December: 10.00 am - 7.45 pm
Special opening times:December 24th: 10.00 am - 3.15 pm
December 31st: 10.00 am - 9.45 pm
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