Berlin plans to rival London Eye

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4 February 2004 , BERLIN - Officials in Berlin Wednesday considered a proposal to build the world's largest observation wheel in the German capital - 40 metres taller than the London Eye, currently the highest. The EUR 75 million project envisions a 175-metre-tall structure resembling a giant Ferris wheel. It will feature 40 fully enclosed panorama gondolas, each accommodating 28 passengers in air-conditioned comfort. Special gondolas will also be outfitted as function rooms for conferences, receptions and

4 February 2004

BERLIN - Officials in Berlin Wednesday considered a proposal to build the world's largest observation wheel in the German capital - 40 metres taller than the London Eye, currently the highest.

The EUR 75 million project envisions a 175-metre-tall structure resembling a giant Ferris wheel.

It will feature 40 fully enclosed panorama gondolas, each accommodating 28 passengers in air-conditioned comfort.

Special gondolas will also be outfitted as function rooms for conferences, receptions and parties.

From its top, visitors will have a 50-kilometre view in all directions on a clear day.

The World Wheel, as it will be called, is to be completed in time for the 2006 World Cup soccer championships. It would be located in a park adjacent to the German Museum of Technology south of Potsdamer Platz in the heart of Berlin.

"The World Wheel will be a terrific tourist draw for Berlin," said project head Dirk Nishen.

"We anticipate it could draw an additional one million visitors to Berlin," he added.

Local officials are discussing parking considerations along with the environmental and noise impact of the project for surrounding residential areas.

 

DPA
Subject: German news 

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