Long and in motion.
|1897||The Giant Ferris Wheel was erected to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I.|
|1898||To draw attention to the poverty of herself, her husband and others in the city, Viennese woman Marie Kindl hangs herself outside a cabin during a ride on a rope she held between her teeth.|
|1914||As part of a film, Madame Solange d`Atalide, a successful circus director and horsewoman completes a revolution of the Giant Ferris Wheel sitting on a horse on the roof of one of the cabins.|
|1916||A demolition permit was issued, but the Ferris Wheel was saved from destruction by a lack of money.|
|Ab 1920||More and more U.S. film producers discover the Ferris Wheel as a film motif.|
|1944||The Giant Ferris Wheel is burned down.|
|1945||The Wheel is rebuilt, at the same time as the reconstruction of St. Stephan's Cathedral, the State Opera House, and the Burgtheater.|
|1947||The Giant Ferris Wheel is taken back into operation.|
|2002||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 Prater.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 seen it!