We did it! We dragged our lazy butts out of the house and rode the big ferris wheel in Vienna!
There was a history of Vienna and the Riesenrad done in diorama at the entrance, which was nearly as cool as the Ferris wheel itself! It reminded me of the room in the Railway Village with the little scenes that move when you push the button. The girls call it the button house. Here, a picture's worth a thousand words:
If you look closely, you'll see that there are twice as many cars on the model of the reisenrad as there are on the actual thing. That is because it was bombed during WWII, and they only put half of them back on. Maybe it took too long to load and unload that many? Or they didn't have enough riders to make it worthwhile? Or that many cars ended up obscuring the view? I wish they had said.
Finally, we got in line!
Maggie was a little nervous!
No need though, it was great inside!
There were some other people in the car with us, and everyone had a habit of crowding on one side and tipping the car. Landlubbers! You can tell they have no concept of ballast!
It really was an impressive structure. I'm not sure that I'd pay 23 Euros ever again for the five-minute ride we got, but at least I got a decent blog post out of it.
Afterwards we got some truly enormous pieces of apple strudel at the reisenrad cafe
And then Maggie rode what was either a very large pony or a small horse!
She was like a queen up there, surveying her kingdom. Click here for a video!