The Giant Ferris Wheel

The Giant Ferris Wheel and its Square

The Giant Ferris Wheel is open year round and is one of the most frequented attractions in the Danube metropolis. Ferris Wheel Square was redesigned in 2008. Now this entrance to the Prater amusement park is a nostalgic theme world reminiscent of the Prater in the year 1900.

The traditional city inn "Eisvogel" has returned to the Prater and offers award-winning Viennese cuisine. After its inaugural opening in 1805, the inn and its tasteful, sophisticated offering gradually rose to become a Viennese institution. Even today, the kitchen chefs hold fast to the qualities of yesteryear. Thus the menu is missing neither the classic Vienna schnitzel nor the imaginatively served yeast dumpling. The local foods are creatively dished up with a decent portion of "Viennese charm". 

At Madame Tussauds, visitors can encounter celebrities from around the world up close: from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Falco, Empress Elisabeth and Gustav Klimt to Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman.

An Attractive Adventure World ...

Today, the Giant Ferris Wheel offers an attractive adventure world: at the entrance area, a "Panorama" tells the history of this monumental ferris wheel and the City of Vienna – with nostalgic installations that drift past you in giant ferris wheel cars.
At the Riesenrad Shop, you can buy exquisite Viennese porcelain and crystal, models of the Riesenrad and high-quality textiles in the Riesenrad-Look. A café-restaurant provides culinary delights and pampers you in a cozy ambiance with Viennese specialties.

The Giant Ferris Wheel was built in 1896/97 by the British engineer Walter Basset and wasn’t the only one of its kind back then: Basset built similar panorama wheels – extremely popular at the end of the 19th century – in Chicago, London, Blackpool and Paris as well. It played a lead role in the world-famous film "The Third Man". That's why it was also placed on the list of Treasures of European Film Culture by the European Film Academy in June 2016. Also on the list are the Potemkin Stairs in Odessa.

Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad)

Prater, 1020 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €9
    • Children (3 to 14 years)  €4
    • Your benefit with the Vienna Card: 11% off
  • Opening times

    • January to February
      Daily 10 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.
    • March to April
      Daily 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
    • May to September
      Daily 9 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
    • October
      Daily 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
    • November to December
      Daily 10 a.m. to 7:45 p.m., during the Christmas Market, daily 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   200  cm  wide )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      50 % discount for visitors with disabilities (ID necessary) and an escort.

    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms and to the restaurant / café: no steps.
      2 special wagons of the Ferris Wheel are suitable for extra wide wheelchairs.

Stadtgasthaus Eisvogel

Prater, Riesenradplatz 5, 1020 Wien
  • Opening times

    • March - September Mo - Su, 11:30 - 22:30
    • October - February Mo - Su, 11:30 - 15:00
    • Mo - Su, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Accessibility

    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
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