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.

To Prater Overview

Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad)

Prater, 1020 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • 01 January to 08 January
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 21:45
    • 09 January to 27 January
      wegen Renovierungsarbeiten geschlossen/closed for renovation
    • 28 January to 13 February
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 19:45
    • 14 February
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 21:45
    • 15 February to 05 March
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 19:45
    • 06 March to 28 April
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 21:45
    • 29 April to 03 September
      täglich/daily 09:00 - 23:45
    • 04 September to 01 October
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 23:45
    • 02 October to 05 November
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 21:45
    • 06 November to 17 November
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 19:45
    • 18 November to 23 December
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 21:45
    • 24 December
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 16:45
    • 25 December to 30 December
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 21:45
    • 31 December
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 02:00
    • Please note that closure dates and opening hours may be subject to slight changes.
  • Accessibility

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

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

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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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