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Breakdancer

The original Wiesn Breaker

The Breakdancer is a true cult hit of a ride on the Wiesn. Since 1990, (not just) gondolas have been turning in circles here.

What’s special: here, everything turns

The Breakdancer is not the only ride of its kind on the Wiesn. The performer couple Albert and Christa Aigner bought it in 1990 – since then, the Breakdancer has been an indispensable part of the Wiesn. The first Breakdancer-style ride was put into operation in the mid-1980s — people weren’t sure whether it would be successful. In the time since, the rides have become cult hit, popular with young and old alike. The special thing about the Breakdancer is that everything turns. Four gondola crosses are attached to a large turntable, each with four gondolas hanging from them. In each gondola there’s space for two passengers, so that a total of 32 people can ride along. The gondolas attached to the gondola crosses also swing around their own axis, making you feel like everything’s spinning around you.

Breakdancer: for passengers who don’t get too dizzy

If you’ve already had a beer or two, you should probably avoid riding in the Breakdancer. Otherwise, the ride is suitable for everyone who likes action and doesn’t get dizzy too fast. For the generation that spent its youth at folk festivals in the nineties, a ride in the Breakdancer brings back memories. “Remember back then – when we met at the Breakdancer?”. Children 1.20 meters (47 inches) and taller are permitted to ride in the Breakdancer.

Breakdancer for backseat drivers: almost a flop

The Breakdancer, as well as all other rides of this kind, are made by the company Huss. In fact, performers were critical of the concept and didn’t believe in its success. Nobody wanted to buy one, because at the time of its invention, high rides like the Enterprise were in vogue. The ground-level Breakdancer seemed almost boring in comparison. But then came the Bremen showwoman Erika Dreher, who bought the first Breakdancer-style ride and brought in many ideas during the fine tuning of the concept. By the way, the name of the ride is based on the breakdancing dance form.