Red cabins of the Giant Ferris Wheel  Riesenrad  reflected in window, Prater, Vienna, Austria

 

 

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


 Detail of Riesenrad  Giant Ferris Wheel at Prater, Vienna, Austria
 Riesenrad  Giant Ferris Wheel  behind branches, Prater, Vienna, Austria
 Riesenrad  Giant Ferris Wheel  behind branches, Prater, Vienna, Austria
 Roller coaster and giant Ferris Wheel  Riesenrad - at Prater, Vienna, Austria
 Giant Ferris Wheel  Riesenrad - at Prater, Vienna, Austria
 Roller coaster and giant Ferris Wheel  Riesenrad - at Prater, Vienna, Austria
 Roller coaster in Prater, Vienna, Austria
 Giant Ferris Wheel  Riesenrad  and roller coasters at Prater, Vienna, Austria
 Giant Ferris Wheel  Riesenrad  and roller coasters at Prater, Vienna, Austria
 Giant Ferris Wheel  Riesenrad  and roller coasters at Prater, Vienna, Austria
 Roller coaster at Prater, Vienna, Austria
 Riesenrad  Giant Ferris Wheel  reflected in window, Prater, Vienna, Austria
 Red cabins of the Giant Ferris Wheel  Riesenrad  reflected in window, Prater, Vienna, Austria
 Red cabin of the Giant Ferris Wheel  Riesenrad  reflected in Stardust window, Prater, Vienna, Austria
 Red cabins of the Giant Ferris Wheel  Riesenrad  at Prater, Vienna, Austria
 Detail of Riesenrad  Giant Ferris Wheel at Prater, Vienna, Austria
 Riesenrad  Giant Ferris Wheel at Prater, Vienna, Austria
 Cleaning autumn foliage in Prater, Vienna, Austria
 Ducks in Prater, Vienna, Austria
 Horse-drawn carriage riding through Prater Park, Vienna, Austria

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