|WIENER RIESENRAD IS NOT THE TALLEST IN THE WORLD (212-FEET) BUT IT IS THE MOST FILMED AND ONE OF THE OLDEST (1897).|
At one time the 212-foot Wiener Riesenrad (German for Vienna Giant Wheel) was the tallest in Europe. It was constructed in 1897 by the English engineer Walter Bassett Bassett (1864-1907). Its purpose was to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I, and it was one of the earliest Ferris wheels ever built. Bassett's Ferris wheel manufacturing business was not a commercial success, and he died in 1907 almost bankrupt.
A permit for its demolition was issued in 1916, but because of a lack of funds with which to carry out the destruction, it survived.
It was built with 30 gondolas, but was severely damaged in World War II and when it was rebuilt only 15 gondolas were replaced.
The wheel is driven by a circumferential cable which leaves the wheel and passes through the drive mechanism under the base, and its spokes are steel cables.
Of all the big wheels in the world, The Giant Vienna Wheel has the most film credits. It has appeared in numerous films, more notable are:
Third Man (1949)
|Actor Joseph Cotten in "The Third Man" film, 1949|
--1973 spy thriller Scorpio (1973)
--The 1987 James Bond film, The Living Daylights features scenes throughout the Prater, around the wheel, and a lengthy romantic scene on the wheel.
--The wheel appears in the novel The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson
--The wheel appears in Max Ophüls' Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948).
--Scenes in Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise were filmed around the Prater and on the wheel.
--The wheel appears in The Glass Room by Simon Mawer.
--The Riesenrad appears in the film Woman in Gold (2015), about the repatriation of a Klimt portrait stolen by the Nazis from a Jewish Viennese family.
|Actor Timothy Dalton as James Bond in "The Living Daylights" is aboard the Giant Vienna Wheel with actress Maryam D'abo|
July, 20, 2016—Staten Island, New York
August 17, 2016—Las Vegas
September 21, 2016—Japan
October 19, 2016—Nanchang, China
November 9, 2016—Dubai
December 14, 2016—Melbourne
January 11, 2017—London Eye
February 7, 2017—Chicago
March 15, 2017—Singapore
April 4, 2017--Vienna
May—Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
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