Most Famous Ferris Wheels in the World

“A Ferris Wheel is a nonbuilding structure consisting of a rotating upright wheel with passenger cars (gondolas or capsules) attached to the rim in such a way that as the wheel turns, the cars are kept upright, usually by gravity.” (Wikipedia)

They say the “Pleasure wheels” were invented in the 17th century somewhere in Bulgaria, although there are manuscripts proving their early presence also in Constantinople, Romania (Spirii Hill), Siberia, India, and England.

Without straying too far from their original purpose, Ferris wheels are fun, scary, and sometimes even romantic, providing great experiences and some truly wonderful ways of seeing a destination from above.

Whether you’re wondering what is the name of Europe’s largest Ferris wheel, which one of them is the oldest or the most spectacular, you will find all your answers below.

Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer

Opened to the public in March 2008, Singapore Flyer is the second tallest Ferris wheel in the world. Providing a fascinating view over Singapore, including the stunning Marina Bay and even Malaysia, as well as some Indonesian islands located at 45 km away, the wheel stands at 165 meters and offers visitors an unforgettable 30-minute experience.

High Roller, Las Vegas

High Roller

At a height of 550 ft (167.6 m), Las Vegas’ High Roller is currently the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. Situated on the Strip, the structure is part of The LINQ project and features 28 high-tech glass-enclosed cabins with sweeping views of the city. In addition to the 30-minute ride, the attraction offers a variety of exciting experiences, including sky high chocolate tastings and personalized yoga sessions.

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, Chicago

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

Famous mainly because it was modeled after the first Ferris wheel in the world constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr in 1893 for the World’s Colombian Exposition, the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel features 40 passengers gondolas and a panoramic view over the waters of Lake Michigan.

Riesenrad, Vienna

Wiener Riesenrad
Photo via Wiener Riesenrad

Located inside Vienna’s Prater (world’s oldest amusement park), Riesenrad is the oldest still operating Ferris wheel in the world. Originally constructed in 1897, the wheel offers, besides the breathtaking views over the roofs of Vienna, the opportunity to experience all theses from a unique old-fashioned cabin, in tune with the elegant flair of the city itself.

Niagara SkyWheel, Canada

Niagara SkyWheel
Photo via Clifton Hill

Although not as tall as its peers, Niagara SkyWheel (53.3 m) can provide something that others just can’t – a beautiful view over the Niagara Falls.

Located in Canada, in the heart of Clifton Hill, Niagara SkyWheel is open all year long, offering a one-of-a-kind adventure and great opportunities to take some amazing pictures.

Pacific Park Wheel, Santa Monica

Pacific Park Wheel
Photo via Pacific Park

The world’s first solar-powered Ferris wheel is located in Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier, providing lovely views of the ocean.

Tianjin Eye, China

Tianjin Eye

The only Ferris wheel in the world built over a bridge, Tianjin Eye can be found in the city with the same name, in Northern China.

London Eye

Europe's largest ferris wheel

What better chance you’d have to see London’s famous landmarks in 30 minutes than to embark in Europe’s tallest observation wheel?

Buckingham Palace, St Paul Cathedral, House of Parliament, Big Ben – are just a few attractions you’ll have the opportunity to see during your ride in a beautiful clear day. A night tour will delight visitors with an even greater experience – the magic of London after dark, when all its landmarks are stunningly lit up.

  1. Annette | Bucket List Journey Annette | Bucket List Journey says:

    I have stayed away from ferris wheels ever since I got sick on one when I was a teen. But, I just went to London and had to take a ride on the Eye. No queasy stomach! Now i’ll have to ride the rest on this list 🙂

  2. Awesome collection! They look beautiful in the dark.

  3. The Blazing Trail The Blazing Trail says:

    Amazing shots!

  4. One in Orlando Florida now as well.

  5. Where’s the Texas Star Ferris Wheel???

    1. It is located at 3466 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Dallas, Texas

  6. Vincent Zofrea Vincent Zofrea says:

    Coney Island,Brooklyn NY. It’s probably one hundred years old.

  7. Luis Quintanilla Luis Quintanilla says:

    Why isn’t Guayaquil, Ecuador included in the list of cities with large Ferris Wheels? It is beautify and should be included.

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