Photographer's Note

Long before the London Eye sprang up on London’s skyline, Vienna had the Resienrad (which basically means ‘great big wheel’). Built in 1897 to celebrate Emperor Franz Josef I's golden Jubilee, it stands at the entrance to the Prater Park and provides great views over the city. Originally the wheel had 30 gondolas, but following damage in the Second World War, it was rebuilt with only 15.

“In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed - but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.” It’s one of the most famous lines in movie history, and it was said by Orson Welles to Joseph Cotton in the dramatic conclusion of the old film classic The Third Man as they decended from Vienna’s famous Ferris wheel.

This was taken through the wheel.

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Additional Photos by Wilson Beckett (jaywalker) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3111 W: 140 N: 3130] (16105)
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