Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Round and Round We Go

After visiting the Instrument Museum on Sunday morning, we headed off (along with Tim, Janice, Tessa, and Willem) to the Prater that afternoon. The Prater was originally a hunting ground for the nobility, but was turned into a public park in the mid-18th century. Since then, it has been developed to include numerous restaurants, a midway and, most famously, the Reisenrad. This is a giant Ferris wheel that gives great views of the city.

Murals in the Prater subway stop give an idea of what is to come.

A first look at the Reisenrad, through the trees as we entered the Prater. The original Reisenrad was built in 1897. In 1944 it burned down (because of World War II?) and was rebuilt in 1945.

Getting closer... In this picture, you can clearly see the trolley-sized compartments that the Reisenrad uses. Apparently you can rent these compartments out for birthday parties, anniversaries, and so forth.

A view through the spokes and spars of the Reisenrad, from inside one of the compartments.

This seems to be the dining car -- it even comes equipped with a white tablecloth and candles!

An aerial view of the city.

A very retro (1920's-style?) Coke machine. I really liked the artwork, but not quite enough to buy a Coke.

View of one of the midway rides.

One of the main pedestrian (and multi-person bike) thoroughfares in the Prater. The trees to the right shelter a large open area.

Up next: Round and round... someone... goes!

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