The Wiener Riesenrad, or simply Riesenrad, is a 64.75-meter tall Ferris wheel at the entrance of the Prater amusement park in Leopoldstadt, the 2nd district of Austria’s capital Vienna. It is one of Vienna’s most popular tourist attractions, and symbolizes the district as well as the city for many people.

The Wiener Riesenrad was built in 1897 in Vienna, Austria, to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I. The wheel has 30 cars, each of which can hold up to 20 people. The ride takes about 20 minutes and offers panoramic views of Vienna, including the Hofburg Palace, the Stephansdom Cathedral, and the Danube River.

A permit for its demolition was issued in 1916, but because of a lack of funds with which to carry out the destruction, it survived. The Wiener Riesenrad was damaged during World War II, but was repaired and reopened in 1945, when it was rebuilt only 15 gondolas were replaced.

The Wiener Riesenrad has been featured in many films, including “The Third Man” and “Eyes Wide Shut.”

According to the Internet