Chelyabinsk Ferris wheel

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Do you know where Russia’s tallest Ferris wheel (колесо обозрения) is?

The Moscow-850 was at one point the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe. It was built in VDNKh for the city’s 850 year anniversary.

And then, shortly before the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi built a Ferris wheel that topped the Moscow-850 by several meters.

But this post is not about either of those rides.

Instead, welcome to the world of Chelyabinsk Ferris wheels. 😉

Chelyabinsk has several of these rides, including a semi-famous Ferris wheel.

The 360° Ferris wheel claims to be the самое высокое всесезонное колесо обозрения в России, the tallest year-round Ferris wheel in Russia.

The 360° overlooks the Miass river.

Chelyabinsk is also home to the Ferris wheel shown below, called Колесо обозрения «Горки».

50 meters high, 32 cabins, and space for 192 people. Open from 10 AM – 10 PM.

We rode this on a windy day last fall. I had forgotten my terror of Ferris wheels in the wind until we were about halfway up… and then the fear came roaring back.

Gorky mall, halfway up.

One trip around was 220 RUB (about $3 USD). However, we’d already decided that this view of Chelyabinsk deserved two круга (about $5 USD). This meant two rounds of D reassuring me we weren’t going to blow off the frame like tumbleweed. 😂

Гранд отель Видгоф, the city’s ritziest hotel.
Ride 1.
Ride 2. The sun was setting as the wheel brought us up again.

This experience is likely why D refuses to ride the 360° with me, which is 23 meters taller than Gorky’s wheel. In the meantime, I’ve been building up my courage by watching this short 360° promo clip and this 360° daytime video.

And here’s something cool about the Chelyabinsk 360°: if you’re willing to shell out 1000 rubles (or 1500 rubles on the weekend), you and five friends can ride the Ferris wheel THREE times around with a complimentary bottle of champagne + fruit platter!

Have you been on a Ferris wheel in Russia? Where? 🙂

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  1. Teango
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    This made me spill some cereal laughing this morning – so funny. I half expected to see the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang operating the чёртово колесо in the first image…”come along, kiddie-winkies!” Then the second image – a superb angle from the rusty old post with weathered lingerie and job ads on it. I bet all your initial worries were put well to rest at this point. But my favorite has got to be your comment under the final image which sums it all up for me: “The sun was setting as the wheel brought us up again” – hilarious, sounds like you had a ball minus the fairy godmother! How long were you up there, K? 😀

    • Katherine
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      Haha, long enough to never need another trip to that Ferris wheel!

      Yes, that first one looks like a place where parents can lock up their misbehaving children for a few hours. 😉

      By the way, you’re on Oahu, right? My in-laws might be moving there soon. Maybe we can have a Russian-language meetup at some point!

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