Prater in Vienna
The Prater has been a recreational area since the early
15th century, initially as hunting grounds for the Habsburgs but later
as a place of enjoyment for all of Vienna's citizens when Emperor Josef
II opened them to the public in 1766. The Prater gradually developed
to include merry-go-rounds and other rides, cafés and eateries.
In 1873, the Prater was the sight of the World's Fair. The Giant Ferris
Wheel (Riesenrad) was erected in 1897 to celebrate the 50th anniversary
of the reign of Empereror Franz Joseph I. The wheel itself spans 200
feet (about 60 m.). 15 cabins and the upholding structure weigh a total
of 430.5 t and rotate at the speed of 0.65 m/sec.
Photographs by Frantisek Staud
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