About the Ferris Wheel that was the World's Tallest one for 100 Years"Weiner Risenrad" is the name of the huge Ferris wheel of Vienna, which is mistakenly referred to as the "Prater", which is actually the name of the park where it is stationed. Do not look at it as such, it may not seem impressive enough to you, but up to the year 2000 it was the world's largest ferris wheel. The title, by the way, was taken away by the ferris wheel in England, known as "The Eye of London".
The Wiener Risenrad is 65 meters high and weighs no less than 430 tons. Its rotational speed reaches 2.7 kilometers per hour. The cars are built of wood and iron and can accommodate up to 12 people.
The huge Ferris wheel was originally built for the golden anniversity held for Emperor Franz Josef. It began operating in June of 1897, after two years of construction work.
It is interesting to hear that in 1916 the wheel was purchased by a Jewish man - Eduard Steiner, but 22 years later it was confiscated by the Nazis. During the World War II it was shut down as a result of fire and great damage. It reopened only in 1947, after postwar rehabilitation and reconstruction.
The huge wheel is visited every year by thousands of tourists and local Viennese who come here to view the magnificent view of Vienna. A spectacular 360-degree view leaves the wheel as one of Vienna's top tourist attractions. During special occasions, it is decorated to suit the general atmosphere.
Film lovers will recognize that the giant star starred in the classic film "The Third Man," whose screenplay Graham Greene wrote about the conquest of Vienna by the Allies at the end of World War II. Another equally well-known film in which the wheel starred is a 1987 James Bond film.