The first one was built in Chicago
The first Ferris wheel was built by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr, an American engineer, in the city of Chicago, thus offering a new and impressive attraction, which was also an exciting viewpoint.
The waterwheels have become symbols of the cities
Over the years, these types of constructions have grown in popularity and in some cases have gone from being mere fairground attractions to symbols of cities.
Not to be missed
Here are the 10 most impressive waterwheels in the world.
Centennial Wheel and Chicago
Although it is not the first Ferris wheel that was built in the world in 1893, the Centennial Wheel is a replica of it. With 60 meters high and space for 180 passengers in 42 cabins, the Centennial Wheel has become a symbol of the city. It is located in the Navy Pier amusement park and offers a panoramic view of the city and the Michigan side.
Longon Eye in London
The London Eye is one of the symbols of the city of London, is one of the tourist attractions of the city for its location and the spectacular views it provides. It rises above the River Thames and is located opposite Big Ben and other important points of the city. Located in the center of the city, it is one of the biggest attractions in London. This Ferris wheel reaches 135 meters high and consists of 32 capsules that can hold up to 25 people each and takes half an hour to make a complete turn. The London Eye was the largest Ferris wheel in the world from 2000 to 2006.
Ain Dubai in Dubai
Dubai is the cradle of eccentricity, excess and breathtaking tourist attractions. Not only does it have the tallest skyscraper in the world, or the deepest swimming pool. In Dubai, the Ain Dubai has been built on the artificial island of Blue Waters. This Ferris wheel rises 250 meters above the ground and can accommodate 1,750 people inside. It has thus become the highest Ferris wheel in the world. The duration of the ride on this Ferris wheel is almost forty minutes.
High Roller in La Vegas
At almost 168 meters high, the High Roller is the second tallest Ferris wheel in the world. This structure is made up of 28 glass cabins that can accommodate 40 people each. The most spectacular thing is to see it at night, when the Ferris wheel turns into an illumination show when its more than 2,000 lights are turned on in each of the capsules. The ride lasts about half an hour and from there you have the best views of the city.
Singapore Flyer en Singapore
It is the third largest Ferris wheel in the world. It has 28 cabins with capacity for 28 people each. This Ferris wheel was built taking into account the precepts of Feng Shui, which even led to change the direction in which it initially rotated to bring greater prosperity.
Wiene Ferris Wheel en Viena
One of the symbols of the city of Vienna, it reaches almost 65 meters high and gives a panoramic view of the entire city. This Ferris wheel was built in 1897, to celebrate the 50th anniversary on the throne of Emperor Franz Joseph. It has appeared in so many films that in 2016 the European Film Academy named it as one of Europe’s treasures of film culture.
Giradabo in Barcelona
The Ferris wheel, located in a strategic location, provides a spectacular panoramic view over the city of Barcelona. It is not particularly high, but its location, 500 meters above sea level so close to the sea, provides breathtaking views. It is only 20 meters high and consists of 16 colorful gondolas, but it can hold up to 750 people inside.
The Wheel at ICON Park and Florida
Orlando attracts millions of thrill-seekers to its theme parks each year. While most people are familiar with SeaWorld, Disney World and Universal Studios, there are many other entertainment districts in the city. At ICON Park, The Wheel at ICON Park is more than 120 meters high. It has 30 capsules that can hold up to 15 people inside.
Big O and Tokyo
One of the most special Ferris wheels is that it is the first Ferris wheel in the world with karaoke. It is located inside the Tokyo Dome City amusement park and reaches 80 meters high. It has 40 cabins, 8 of which contain the karaoke service, and the maximum number of people that can be accommodated in each cabin is 4 people. The tour is short, lasting only 15 minutes.
Star of Nanchang en Nanchang
This Ferris wheel in the city of Nanchang, China, won the title of the world’s largest Ferris wheel for two years. Located in the Nanchang Star amusement park, it has 60 cabins that can hold up to 7 people each.