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Address: Prater 90, Vienna 1020, Austria
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43 1 729 54 30
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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This Vienna landmark has operated in the Wiener Volksprater for over 100...

This Vienna landmark has operated in the Wiener Volksprater for over 100 years.

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Vienna by Night: Evening City Tour Including Wiener Riesenrad Ferris Wheel

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Great ride

Lovely ride on the wheel. Very nice smooth motion so not too bad for those without a head for heights. Ride lasts about 15 minutes. Great views over the city.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A must-do destination on a visit to Vienna. This is the Ferris Wheel or in German, Riesenrad or 'Giant Wheel' in the Prater area of Vienna. It has a very interesting history of its own, as plans to demolish it were in place early in the 20th Century, but it has thankfully survived. It is featured in several movies, most... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

'The Third Man' was my main reason for wanting to come to Vienna and the tours of the sewers (where the famous police-chase scene was shot) weren't running until May so I was keen to have a trip on the ferris wheel where Harry Lyme and Holly Martins have their show down and to suss out whether they can trust... More 

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Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It costs 10 euro and you get a complete view of Wien in about 10-15mins. Despite a long queue I got onto the wheel in about 20 minutes and the journey itself takes 10-15mins - the cabin moves slovely and always stops for a while. Maybe an online ticket or Vienna Card can help to beat the queue. I would... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Riesenrad was built by an English man over a hundred years ago, he also built one in Paris but it no longer exists. It was burnt at the end of the war and had double the wagons at the time but as all attractions in the Prater are regularly checked by specialists it was thought that due to the... More 

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Thank Erika L
Derby, United Kingdom
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583 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely ride on the wheel. Very nice smooth motion so not too bad for those without a head for heights. Ride lasts about 15 minutes. Great views over the city.

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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Riesenrad is akin to Singapore eye and the lodon eye ferris wheel. It has a very nice view of the entire city of Vienna from the wheel and I would recommend going on the wheel once. The staff were friendly and helpful

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Rochester, NY
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fast spin around- like 3-5 minutes maybe. At the end, my 6 year old daughter shouted "is that all?!" Slightly awkward, particularly when some of the adults on the car agreed with her. Nice views from the top but they can be replicated in many other ways from around the city. I saw several other better views. If you've seen... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I gave it four stars instead of five because the old style cabins felt a little sketchy. I'm sure it's safe but it made me wonder. The views we're beautiful. It was easy to find on foot and the getting into the site and purchasing tickets was easy for a English only person. The staff were friendly. I would add... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went on this because of the scene in 'The Third Man' Would I have gone on it otherwise? Probably not but I enjoyed it all the same. Great views to be had and also luxury dining cars available (if you're into that sort of thing).

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a ferris wheel: You pay €10. You cram into a wooden box with strangers. It transports you round and round a couple of times. And then you get off again. That's it. The most thrilling part is contemplating your own existence when the ferris wheel creaks, as if it's going to break into a thousand pieces; it's 120 years... More 

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Welcome to one of Vienna’s trendiest quarters. The second district has witnessed a turbulent ride, from medieval swamp to vibrant Jewish quarter, from pleasure ground for the noble and humble to current hip residence and workplace of Vienna’s creative crowd. Cross the Danube Canal from the city centre and take in life on Taborstrasse with its mix of old townhouses, churches, theatres, discount shops and ethnic restaurants. Head for Augarten via Karmelitermarkt, Leopoldstadt’s trendy marketplace. Baroque Augarten itself hosts a bizarre mix of manicured hedges and flowerbeds in front of a colossal World War II defense tower, the publicly accessible 300-year-old Augarten porcelain manufactory, the palatial boarding school and funky concert hall of the Vienna Boys Choir, and the modern art museum TBA21. At its opposite corner, The Prater not only houses the Giant Ferris Wheel but blends a bustling amusement park with lush woodland, perfect for a bike tour. Further east is the old derby racing ground of Krieau.
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