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World’s biggest transportable Ferris wheel celebrates "topping-out"

In mid-April 2019 Hi-Sky Munich, the world’s biggest transportable Ferris wheel, will celebrate its maiden ride. The gigantic masts of the new attraction meanwhile tower up into the sky above the Werksviertel-Mitte district, right next to the Ostbahnhof station, and already give an idea of the Hi-Sky’s dimensions. Providing the construction continues on schedule, nothing will stand in the way of the public opening on April 14, 2019.

The dimensions of the Hi-Sky are already evident. This week, project partners MAURER SE, the MOTORWORLD Group and the Werksviertel-Mitte district celebrated the “topping-out ceremony”. Responsible for setting up the Ferris wheel is its manufacturer, the Munich-based steel construction company MAURER SE.

Hi-Sky will be 80 m high

Since mid-February, up to twelve fitters have been working on the gigantic steel structure, which will tower 80 m above the ground. A decisive step was taken with the erection of the masts, which required an 800-t crane. The next step involves the assembly of the spoked wheel and installation of the gondolas. 27 in number, each of them is fully glazed and capable of carrying 16 people. The construction is currently proceeding on schedule, and the project team expects that the public opening on April 14, 2019, will go smoothly as well.

The Hi-Sky Munich will stand for at least two years at the Werksviertel-Mitte site, where the newly planned Bayerischer Rundfunk concert hall is eventually due to be built. The opening hours of the Hi-Sky have also been decided. On 365 days in the year, it will rotate at a leisurely pace of less than one kilometer per hour from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturdays even until midnight.

World's biggest transportable Ferris wheel

The Hi-Sky Munich is a MAURER R80 XL Ferris wheel and was developed by the Dutch designer Ron A. Bussink. With a diameter of 74 m and an overall height of 78 m, it stands in the Guinness Book of Records as being the world's biggest transportable Ferris wheel. With its 27 Zeppelin gondolas, each capable of accommodating 16 passengers, the wheel can transport 1,700 people in just one hour depending on its rotating speed.

The air-conditioned gondolas can be safely and easily accessed from an elevated platform. The entire waiting area is covered by a transparent construction to protect the visitors from inclement weather. Access is controlled fully automatically by means of an electronic ticket system.

About the Werksviertel-Mitte district

Over the next few years, around 1,150 flats will be built on the 9-hectare-large site at Ostbahnhof station. Around 7,000 jobs will also be created. Over 340 flats will be available for subsidized housing construction. A four-stream primary school for about 400 pupils, together with several day-care centers, will provide the social infrastructure for the new quarter.

Daily needs are also taken care of. Working, living, and life shall be ideally combined in the Werksviertel-Mitte district. Shops, hotels, eateries, a comprehensive range of leisure facilities, together with numerous cultural buildings, will be created here. A special highlight will be the new Munich Konzerthaus, which will be built in the heart of the Werksviertel-Mitte district. Until construction begins, the Hi-Sky Ferris wheel will be Munich’s new landmark from spring 2019.

Special discounts for Munich's citizens

Residents of the Bavarian state capital, in particular, can look forward to their new Ferris wheel as they will be entitled to special discounts upon presentation of their identity card. Corresponding discounts for Munich's citizens are also planned for special experience rides on the Ferris wheel, which incidentally will also be the biggest in Germany. That’s why passengers will be able to book experience packages right from the opening day.

As well as spectacular views over the whole of Munich on the one hand and towards the Alps on the other, these packages will offer truly special moments. “Hi-Sky Minga” and “Monaco”, for example, will provide additional culinary delights during the ride with a richly filled picnic basket replete with either Bavarian or Italian specialties. A veal sausage breakfast is certain to become a popular choice. Anyone who wants to learn more about the city during the ride can book a package and be accompanied in the gondola by a city guide, who will tell passengers everything they want to know about Munich. “Be it a conference in the gondola or a marriage proposal – we can also offer bespoke experiences,” says Arantxa Dörrié, Managing Director of the operating company.

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