Movies and books tell us that Ferris wheels are perfect for romantic moments. Just look at Notebook or Love, Simon. Maybe it‘s the lights, maybe it‘s the close proximity to your love interest, or maybe it‘s the feeling of the world drifting away… To celebrate both Valentine’s Day and The Ferris wheel day (a coincidence? I doubt that), we present a list of 7 amazing Ferris wheels from around the world for you to visit with your better half.
7. Wiener Riesenrad in Vienna, Austria
If you want to surprise your significant other this Valentine’s Day, The Wiener Riesenrad, located at the entrance of the Prater amusement park in Leopoldstadt, Viena, is the one for you. The 64.75-meter (212 ft) high Ferris wheel has been one of Vienna’s most popular tourist attractions since 1897! While some of the lovely couples might enjoy a simple flight above the rooftops of beautiful Vienna, others have the opportunity to go full out and have a 3-course candlelight dinner in a private cabin.
6. Melbourne Star in Melbourne, Australia
If you think about visiting this “little” gem, head to the Waterfront City precinct in the Docklands area of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. This beautiful Ferris wheel with a star shape in the middle is 120 m (394 ft) high. According to Melbourne Star’s website, the ride (one complete rotation) takes 30 minutes and provides 360-degree views of territory up to 40 kilometers away.
The construction of the wheel began in 2006. It was opened in 2008, but after it was shut down only 40 days later after cracks in the construction were noticed. It took another 4 years for the site to be running again. It is said that around 300,000 people rode the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel in the first year after re-opening.
5. The London Eye, London, UK
The London Eye is probably one of the best, if not the best, known Ferris wheels in the world. It has been portrayed in popular media countless times and is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, with over 3.75 million visitors taking a ride annually.
The structure is 135 meters (443 ft) tall and, at the time of opening in 2000, was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel.
4. The High Roller in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
High Roller is the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. It stands at 167.6 m (550-feet) tall on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, United States of America.
The High Roller offers everything from simple rides, happy hours in an open bar cabin, personal private events, yoga practices, and, in true Las Vegas fashion, weddings.
3. Oktoberfest Wheel, Munich, Germany
Unfortunately, you will not be able to ride this Ferris wheel on Valentine’s Day. In fact, will need to wait until fall – Oktoberfest. While the Oktoberfest Ferris wheel is far from the tallest in the world, being only 50 m high, it’s one of the most beautiful ones. The 1979-built wheel is one of the most photographed motives of the Oktoberfest.
2. The Singapore Flyer, Singapore
The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel in Singapore. Operators call this construction an observation wheel and it was opened in 2008. The Flyer has an overall height of 165 meters (541 ft) and was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel until the 167.6 m (550 ft) High Roller opened on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, US, in 2014.
The Singapore Flyer has a lot of options for the ones who decide to take a ride. From VIP experiences with Champagne, romantic dinners, too, of course, wedding packages that include a romantic overnight stay at a 5-star hotel.
1. Ferris wheel De Pier, The Hague, Netherlands
Even though this Ferris wheel is far from being the tallest one, it’s Europe’s first Ferris wheel over the sea! The ride on the 40-meter wheel takes 10 minutes and you can choose regular or VIP gondolas. The latter provides a unique experience – they offer a glass bottom. Guests can also have an opportunity to have lunch, dinner, afternoon tea or even a meeting high above the sea.
So, if you decide to have a movie-worth Valentine’s Day above the rooftops and your flight is disrupted, be sure to get in touch with Skycop to claim flight compensation.