When visiting a city, many details can capture our attention, many specific places that can end up becoming its main attractions. Even what we have always considered as an attraction, as a part of fairs and parks, can also be one of the most important tourist ‘attractions’ of cities visited by travelers from all corners of the world.
I’m talking, of course, about the wheels. These structures with a circular shape in which we come across a series of booths full of people who enjoy unique views that cannot be seen from other places. And many large cities have one of these attractions, and there are also many that have achieved international fame.
They were created for fun, but over time they became privileged viewpoints of the cities and authentic symbols of them. Increasingly bigger, more modern, more dazzling … These are the 10 most spectacular wheels in the world.
- London Eye (London, United Kingdom)
We could not start with anything other than this one. If there is a Ferris wheel that is famous worldwide, that is the one known as the London Eye, located in the capital of the United Kingdom, on the banks of the River Thames. It offers unique views of Big Ben, the Palace of Westminster and the most touristic area of the city. Wonderful!
- The Grande Roue de Paris (Paris, France)
From one European capital to another! Although it does not possess the international fame of the previous one, in a certain way, it could be a worthy competitor. In Paris, we have everything we ask and, of course, also a beautiful Ferris wheel, the protagonist of the Christmas Market of the city. It is very worth visiting if you go there at that time of the year.
- High Roller (Las Vegas, United States)
But not everything is in Europe. The United States is known as the country of large buildings, of the spectacular, of the almost exaggerated. And, how could it be otherwise, also has wheels that will leave you breathless. A clear example of this is the High Roller, in the spectacular city of Las Vegas. If you want unique views of this place, it is the best possible option.
- Singapore Flyer (Singapore)
Another place in the world that little by little is gaining worldwide fame for its modernity, its welfare, and its beauty is Singapore. Within that modernity that we talked about, we also came across a Ferris wheel, the Singapore Flyer, which allows us to contemplate a vast horizon and, of course, the city’s skyline.
- Eye of the Emirates (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)
But if you’re looking to visit a truly unique Ferris wheel, which no one expects to find and which, in a way, contrasts with what we had imagined, you cannot miss the one known as Eye of the Emirates. Located in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, it will allow you to see the beautiful buildings of the city from a different perspective.
- Cosmo Clock 21 (Yokohama, Japan)
Of course, we can also find Ferris wheels inside the amusement parks, and these can be equally spectacular. For example, in the Japanese city of Yokohama, you can visit the Cosmo Clock 21, within the Cosmo World, from which you will have breathtaking views.
- Pacific Wheel (Santa Monica, United States)
Of course, few Ferris wheels of amusement parks can overcome the mythical Pacific Wheel. It is located on the beach of Santa Monica, within the Pacific Park, and is the protagonist of numerous tourist photos day after day. Beyond this, it offers you one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.
- Wiener Riesenrad (Vienna, Austria)
Another of the amusement park waterwheels that has become known around the world is the Wiener Riesenrad, which is located in the Prater in Vienna, the Austrian capital. One of the best things about this attraction is that it gives you the opportunity to contemplate a panoramic view of the city and contemplate the contrasts between the most modern and the most classic areas.
- Tempozan Ferris Wheel (Osaka, Japan)
Finally, if you are looking for a Ferris wheel that offers unique, different and special views, you cannot miss the Tempozan Ferris Wheel. It is located in the city of Osaka, in Japan, and who enjoys a ride in it ensures that it is the best option to enjoy the views of this metropolis.
- Big O (Tokyo)
Located in the center of Tokyo, inside the Tokyo Dome City amusement park, the Big O Ferris wheel invites you to take an observation tour of the Japanese capital for 15 minutes, which can be enjoyed with a karaoke session (8 of its 40 cabins have one). The center of the Ferris wheel is a huge hole (two lateral structures support it) which meant it entered the Guinness Book of Records the year of its opening (2006): it became the largest diameter wheel (60 meters) without central fixings. In fact, the Thunder Dolphin, the longest and fastest roller coaster in Japan, goes through it.