To be completely honest, I’ve seriously neglected Postcrossing during the past few months. I’ve never been the most active Postcrosser out there, but lately – I barely think of requesting an address. Three of my outgoing postcards misterously expired, which was really disappointing as well. I know it happens sometimes, but three in a row… it just plain sucks. :(
And then today I opened my mailbox and there was this lovely Austrian postcard, sent to me through Postcrossing. Out of nowhere! And it was such a nice surprise! :)
The postcard is showing the Wiener Reisenrad – or in English: Vienna Giant Wheel – a 65 metre (212 ft) tall ferris wheel at the entrance of the Prater amusement park. It’s one of Vienna’s most popular tourist attractions and symbolises Vienna’s 2nd Dictrict (where it’s located) as well as the city to many people. It was constructed in 1897, and it was the world’s tallest extant ferris wheel from 1920 to 1985.
Also, a fun fact, it was supposed to be taken down. A permit for its demolition was issued in 1916, but due to a lack of funds with which to carry out the destruction, it survived.
It would be fun to go for a ride in it! :)