If you’ve ever had the privilege to travel to Vienna, I am convinced that you have seen. Its giant Ferris wheel is the symbol of Prater, a work inaugurated in 1897 thanks to the English engineer Walter B. Basset, who along with a group of workers was able to lift a spectacular attraction to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Crown of Franz Joseph I.

Tough as any

Unlike what happened with the waterwheels London, Paris, Blackpool and Chicago, which were also built by Basset, the Vienna was able to stand despite wars and natural disasters that came years after I saw the light. Yes, in 1945 the Second World War was primed with the technical equipment and booths, which had to be rebuilt at the same rate as the rest of the city.

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If we get carried away by the figures, I must say that the wheel of the Austrian capital measures 64.75 meters high with a diameter of the wheel of 60.96 meters and a height of 34.20 meters axial center. Weighs 430 tonnes, broken at 0.75 meters per second and has a total of 15 cabins (before 1945 there were 30).

A piece of history and various services

Some of the cabins that were lost because of the war are located at the foot of the plant, away from the rotation of the wheel. They are used to illustrate its history through handmade figures and mechanical installations that evoke the past.

There is also a café-restaurant with culinary specialties of the area, a shop full of handicrafts and gift photoshop worth. You can take a picture with the Ferris wheel background just before entering one of their cabins.

To this must be added a service that is working quite well. You can rent a cabin with catering included to enjoy a romantic evening. When I had the opportunity to climb during my trip to Vienna, I saw a couple who enjoyed the best views in town between glasses of champagne and canapes that I could not decipher what they were made.

Prices

In short, you can not miss this masterpiece of nineteenth century engineering that takes more than 100 years as an emblem of Vienna. Admission costs 9 euros for adults and 4 euros for children between 3 and 14 years.

Opening times

– From January to February from 10:00 to 19:45 hours

– From March to April from 10:00 to 21:45 hours

– From May to September from 10:00 to 23:45 hours

– In October from 10:00 to 21:45 hours

– From November to December from 10:00 to 19:45 hours (during the Christmas market is open until 21:45 hours)

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If you've ever had the privilege to travel to Vienna, I am convinced that you have seen. Its giant Ferris wheel is the symbol of Prater, a work inaugurated in 1897 thanks to the English engineer Walter B. Basset, who along with a group of workers was able to...