The Wiener Riesenrad - Vienna's Giant Ferris Wheel

June 28, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The Wiener Riesenrad -  Giant Ferris Wheel, Vienna, Austria

Inside the Prater amusement park in Leopoldstadt, Vienna, is one of the earliest Ferris wheels ever built and at 64.75-metre (212 ft) tall it was the tallest in the world between 1920 and 1985.  It was featured in a 1949 British film noir, called "the Third Man" directed by Carol Reed and starred Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten,Trevor Howa and Alida Valli,  Constructed in 1897 by the English engineer Lieutenant Walter Bassett Bassett, it celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I.  


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