Today I’m on a plane to Malaysia! So I’ve had to pre-record posts for you, I’ll check in every now and then but I’m going to be away for five whole weeks (!) so I’m not too sure how often that will be… If you are interested, you can follow my travels in Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam on my Instagram account, normally it is private but because I really like you guys I’ve opened it for the time of my travels. 🙂
So, I’ll be doing a few short series while I’m away, starting with PRATER! Prater is awesome. So there are many great pictures to be shared from it. 🙂
This is the Riesenrad – an icon of Vienna.
According to Wikipedia:
It was built and erected in 1897 by the English engineer Lieutenant Walter Bassett Bassett (1864-1907), Royal Navy, son of Charles Bassett (1834-1908), MP, of Watermouth Castle, Devon. Its purpose was to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I. The Riesenrad was one of the earliest Ferris wheels ever built. Walter 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 due to a lack of funds with which to carry out the destruction, it survived. It originally had 30 gondolas, but was severely damaged in World War II and when subsequently 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, in tension.