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Visiting the iconic Vienna Ferris Wheel

Vienna, the capital city of Austria, is a stunning place with a rich cultural heritage and breathtaking architecture. It's famous for its charming streets, grand palaces, and well-known landmarks. One of the must-visit places in Vienna is the Ferris Wheel, also called the Wiener Riesenrad. This iconic structure was constructed in 1897 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Joseph I and has since become a symbol of Vienna. Once you are at the top of the Ferris Wheel, you can enjoy stunning views of the city. If you are interested in learning about the history of the Vienna Ferris Wheel and the different ticket options available to visitors, you've come to the right place! We've got all the information you need to make your visit to this iconic landmark a memorable one.

Why ride on the Vienna Ferris Wheel?

Vienna Ferris Wheel

Which Vienna Ferris Wheel ticket is best for you?

Vienna Ferris Wheel tickets

If you are short on time

Go for: skip-the-line admission tickets
Duration: 10 to 20 minutes
Guide: not available
Flexible cancellation policy: not available

  • With these skip-the-line tickets, you can avoid long lines and enjoy priority access to the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel.
  • Starting from €13.5, this ticket is also budget-friendly and allows you to make the most of your visit.

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If you are on a budget

Go for: combo tickets and city card
Duration: 10 to 20 minutes ride and flexible city card validity
Guide: online audio guide in English, German, Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish, depending on the ticket option
Flexible cancellation policy: not available
City card validity: until 30th July 2024

  • With these combo tickets, you can enjoy priority access to the Upper Belvedere Palace and the Vienna Ferris Wheel and enjoy discounts at 200 locations in Vienna. You can also avail of free public transportation in the city.

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If you want to explore in-depth

Go for: Vienna passes
Duration: flexible
Validity: up to 6 days
Guide: online audio guide in English, German, Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish
Flexible cancellation policy: up to 24 hours before the experience begins

  • With these tickets, you can visit around 70+ attractions in the city, allowing you to make the most of your visit. 
  • On a single purchase, you can make unlimited use of the hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour buses and also get fast-track entry to several iconic landmarks in the city. 

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Vienna Ferris Wheel highlights

Vienna Ferris Wheel

Operated by hand

The Giant Ferris Wheel can be operated manually in the event of a power outage. This is thanks to the innovative design of Walter Basset and Harry Hitchins, who incorporated a hand-operated drive mechanism into the wheel's design.

Vienna Ferris Wheel

Gap-Toothed wonder

The Giant Ferris Wheel, which initially had 30 cars, was scaled down to 15 following World War II due to safety concerns. As a result, the wheel had a "gap-toothed" look, with empty spaces between the remaining cars.

Vienna Ferris Wheel

Weighty metal

The Giant Ferris Wheel's metal components have a total weight of around 430 tons, which is an impressive feat of engineering. These heavy components provide the structure and support needed for the wheel to function safely and maintain its iconic appearance.

Vienna Ferris Wheel

Directional aid

Vienna's Giant Ferris Wheel is oriented in alignment with the four cardinal directions and rotates specifically in the north-south axis. This unique feature makes it helpful for navigation and getting one's bearings in the city.

Vienna Ferris Wheel

Film location

The Prater amusement park, which includes the famous Giant Ferris Wheel, has been featured in various films such as "The Third Man" and "Before Sunrise". The park's nostalgic and historic charm has made it a desirable location for filmmakers over the years.

Vienna Ferris Wheel

Instant restaurant

A restaurant was built instantly at the base of the Giant Ferris Wheel for a scene in "James Bond 007 – The Living Daylights", inspiring the construction of a real restaurant in the same location.

Vienna Ferris Wheel

Dining with a view

Couples can indulge in a romantic candlelit dinner on the Giant Ferris Wheel, where they can enjoy each course while the car slowly descends to the ground. This unique dining experience offers breathtaking views of Vienna from great heights.

Vienna Ferris Wheel

Legendary stunt

Back in 1914, a French stuntwoman made headlines by riding a horse on the roof of one of the cars of the Giant Ferris Wheel for a film. This daring feat caused quite a sensation and added to the ride's reputation as an iconic symbol of Vienna.

Vienna Ferris Wheel

Leisurely pace

The pace of Vienna's Giant Ferris Wheel is a leisurely 2.7 km/h, allowing riders to take in the stunning views at a comfortable pace. It takes approximately 4 minutes to complete one revolution, but you may choose to extend your ride to 12-15 minutes to enjoy the experience.

Plan your visit to Vienna Ferris Wheel

Timings
Getting there
Rules
Tips
Vienna Ferris Wheel
Spring timings
  • February 3 - February 24: 10 AM to 7:45 PM
  • February 14: 10 AM to 9:45 PM
  • February 25 - April 28: 10 AM to 9:45 PM
  • April 29 - September 3: 9 AM to 11:45 PM

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Fall timings
  • September 4 - October 8: 9 AM to 10:45 PM
  • October 9 - November 5: 10 AM to 9:45 PM
  • November 6 - November 18: 10 AM to 7:45 PM
  • November 19 - December 30: 10 AM to 9:45 PM
Winter timings
  • December 31: 10 AM to 2 PM
  • January 1 - January 8: 10 AM to 9:45 PM
  • January 21 and 22: 10 AM to 7:45 PM
  • January 27 - January 29: 10 AM to 7:45 PM
Visitor's details
  • Last Entry: 30 minutes prior to the closing time 
  • Closed On: It's open seven days a week but is closed between:
    January 9 - January 20 
    January 23 - January 26
    January 30 - February 2
  • Best Time To Visit: The best time to visit the Vienna Ferris Wheel is in the evening when the view from the top is particularly spectacular.
Vienna Ferris Wheel
Vienna Ferris Wheel
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited on the Ferris wheel.
  • Visitors must follow the safety instructions provided by the staff before and during the ride.
  • Professional photography equipment such as tripods is not allowed on the Ferris wheel, but visitors can take pictures with their mobile phones or cameras.
  • Children must be accompanied by adults while on the ride.
  • Visitors are expected to follow the dress code, which means wearing appropriate clothing that covers the body appropriately.
Vienna Ferris Wheel

Explore beyond the Vienna Ferris Wheel

The Belvedere Palace
Tutanchamun Immersive Exhibition
Schonbrunn Palace
Sigmund Freud Museum

Frequently asked questions about Vienna Ferris Wheel tickets

Q. Where can I buy Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel tickets?

A. You can buy Vienna Ferris Wheel tickets online.

Q. Can I buy Vienna Ferris Wheel tickets online?

A. Yes, you can buy Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel tickets online.

Q. What is the cost of Vienna Ferris Wheel tickets?

A. A single Vienna Ferris Wheel ticket will cost you €13.50.

Q. Can I get a discount on Vienna Ferris Wheel tickets?

A. Unfortunately, there is no discount on Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel tickets currently.

Q. What is the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel?

A. Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel is a famous tourist attraction in Austria that offers stunning views of the city.

Q. How can I get access to the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel?

A. You can buy Vienna Ferris Wheel tickets online or at the venue.

Q. Where is the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel located?

A. The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel is located in the Prater amusement park in Vienna, Austria.

Q. What are some of the highlights of the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel?

A. The Vienna Ferris Wheel is hand-operated by bassets & hitchins. It’s a renowned film location and has 430-ton metal parts. 

Q. How to reach Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel?

A. The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel is easily accessible by public transportation or car.

Q. What facilities are available at Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel?

A. At Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel, facilities like seeing eye dogs and wheelchair-accessible restrooms are available.

Q. Is the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel wheelchair accessible?

A. Yes, the Vienna Ferris Wheel is wheelchair accessible and offers automatic sliding doors and parking spaces for people with disabilities.

Q. Is photography allowed at Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel?

A. Yes, photography is allowed at Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel.

Q. Is it worth visiting Vienna’s Giant Ferris Wheel?

A. Certainly, Vienna Ferris Wheel is worth a visit due to its magnificent city vistas and exclusive features such as the world's oldest wooden slide and a vintage roller coaster.