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History

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.

2008 “Wander in”
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!