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The Wiener Riesenrad (German for “Viennese giant wheel”), or Riesenrad is a Ferris wheel at the entrance of the Prater amusement park in Leopoldstadt, the 2nd district of Austria’s capital Vienna. It is now one of Vienna’s most popular tourist attractions, and symbolises the district as well as the city for many people.

The Riesenrad was one of the earliest Ferris wheels, erected in 1897 to celebrate Emperor Franz Josef I’s golden Jubilee. At this time it was the largest in the world with an overall height of 64.75 meters(212.4 ft).

The wheel originally had 30 gondolas, but was severely damaged in World War II. When it was rebuilt, only 15 gondolas were replaced. The spokes are steel cables, in tension, and the wheel is driven by a circumferential cable which leaves the wheel and passes through the drive mechanism under the base.

A demolition permit for the Riesenrad was issued in 1916, but due a lack to funds with which to carry out the destruction, it survived.

Vienna, Austria

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  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresseralmost 4 years ago

    Love the dram you’ve captured here.

    Dave

  • Thank You So Much Dave!

    – Lee d'Entremont

  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresseralmost 4 years ago

    Or.. the drama even.

  • This day was incredible, Cloads & sun. I took 20 photo’s and they all came out great, but this is the best in my opinion.

    – Lee d'Entremont

  • Nigel Fletcher-Jones
    Nigel Fletcher...almost 4 years ago

    This is excellent. Perfect conditions and a great shot.

  • Thanks Soo Much! I have a few other versions of this , not sure if I should put them all up.

    – Lee d'Entremont

  • Lisa Williams
    Lisa Williamsalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot! Would love to see your other versions :-)

  • Thank you Lisa! I will post the others soon! :)

    – Lee d'Entremont

  • Delfino
    Delfinoalmost 4 years ago

    I knew i know that from somewhere ;-) Nicely captured!
    Cheers

  • Thank You Delfino!

    – Lee d'Entremont

  • Bramley1
    Bramley1over 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot…..lovely sky!!

  • Thanks Bri! It was a perfect day.

    – Lee d'Entremont

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

    Love that it is shot in b&w!!! How dramatic!!! Beautiful contrasts of shadows and light, too. EXCELLENT!!!

  • Thank You So Much!!!!! I Love this shot too! :)

    – Lee d'Entremont

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much Deborah!!!!!

    – Lee d'Entremont

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    Excellent shot Love the B&W

  • Thank You Maggie!

    – Lee d'Entremont

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezover 3 years ago

    great silhouette :)

  • Thanks Yhun! I haven’t been out shooting much these days because of work & the snow here is the worst I’ve seen in years.Bad driving conditions and no where to walk. Snow piles taller than me. I can’t wait for spring. :)

    – Lee d'Entremont

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