They say life is about all the little ups and downs that make it worth living so WOW Travel decided to get aboard the 10 Most Famous Ferris Wheels in the World. Hop on !
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Tianjin Eye Ferris Wheel, Yongle Bridge, Tianjin, China – This 120 meter (394 ft) tall giant Ferris wheel is the only Ferris wheel in the world that was built over a bridge.
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Singapore Flyer, Singapore – The Flyer has an overall height of 165 meters (541 ft) and was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel until 2014 with a capacity of up to 7.3 million passengers a year. The Flyer’s 28 air-conditioned capsules are mounted outboard of the rim of the wheel structure, providing continuously unobstructed views. A complete trip lasts approximately 32 minutes and you get spectacular views over Singapore Marina Bay.
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Star of Nanchang, Nanchang, China – A 160 meter (525 ft) tall giant Ferris wheel. The Star of Nanchang has 60 gondolas, each carrying up to 8 passengers. A single rotation takes approximately 30 minutes.
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Cosmo Clock 21, Yokohama, Japan – A giant Ferris wheel which is also the world’s largest clock.
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Pacific Park Wheel, Santa Monica, California – The world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel gives visitors a panoramic view of the Southern California coastline from more than 40 meters (130 ft) above the Santa Monica Pier. Measuring 26 meters (85 ft), the wheel moves at 2.5 revolutions per minute.
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Wiener Riesenrad, Vienna. Austria – Riesenrad is the oldest still operating Ferris wheel in the world. Constructed in 1897, it was the world’s tallest extant Ferris wheel from 1920 until 1985 and till today, it is one of Vienna‘s most popular tourist attractions.
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Niagara SkyWheel, Niagara, Canada – Unique sightseeing opportunity with breathtaking views of the Niagara Falls. Canada’s largest observation wheel, the Niagara SkyWheel. Towering 53 meters (175 ft) over the Niagara Falls horizon, the Niagara SkyWheel is the newest, most exciting way to see Niagara Falls. From this vantage point, you will be treated to memorable views of the Horseshoe and American Falls and the Niagara River Niagara Parks.
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London Eye, London, UK – Maybe the most famous Ferris wheel in the world, located on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. On average, the London Eye receives more visitors per year than the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids of Giza. The 32 capsules on the London Eye are representative of the 32 London boroughs, and each one weighs as much as 1,052,631 pound coins. Despite there only being 32 capsules, for superstitious reasons they are numbered 1 – 33. For good luck number 13 is left out.
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The Wonder Wheel, Coney island, New York City – Invented by Charles Hermann and built in 1918-1920 by the Eccentric Ferris Wheel Company using 100% Bethlehem Steel forged right on the premises, the wheel opened on Memorial Day in 1920. Standing 46 meters (150 ft) tall – the equivalent of a 15-story building – and weighing 200 tons, the Wonder Wheel has 24 cars, of which 16 are swinging and 8 are stationary. The swinging cars slide on a serpentine track towards the hub of the wheel, and as the wheel turns they slide towards the circumference. Each car holds 6 people for a total ride capacity of 144.
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High Roller, Las Vegas, USA – The world’s tallest observation wheel. Shining bright on the Las Vegas Strip, the 167 meter (550 ft) tall High Roller features 28 spherical passenger cabins which can accommodate up to 40 passengers each, and is illuminated with dynamic multicolored LED lights nightly.
We hope you enjoyed the ride ;)
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