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The Riesenrad is one of the earliest Ferris wheels, erected in 1897 to celebrate Emperor Franz Josef I's golden Jubilee. It is now one of Vienna's most popular tourist attractions, and an icon of the city.

The wheel originally had 30 gondolas, but was severely damaged in the Second World War, and when it was rebuilt, only 15 gondolas were replaced.

As an observation wheel, it turns very slowly at the speed of 75 cm/sec., so shooting it on long exposure wouldn't have been very nice, plus, it doesn't have colourful neon lights. Also, the vintage gondolas are one of the interesting part that worth viewing, because they are made of wood.

List of world's largest Ferris and observation wheels:

Country/Name/Height/Year of construction

• China - Great Beijing Wheel - 208m - Year 2009
• Germany - Great Berlin Wheel - 185m - Year 2009
• Singapore - Singapore Flyer - 165m - Year 2008
• China - The Star of Nanchang - 160m - Year 2006
• UK - London Eye - 135m - Year 1999
• Australia - Melbourne Southern Star Wheel - 120m - Year 2008

Vienna Riesenrad is only 64.8m

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