What’s special: a piece of family history on the Wiesn
The “Russian Swing,” as the ride was originally named, has been in Munich four times a year since 1925. It celebrated its premiere on the Auer Dult, with Josef Esterl as the operator. He’s the grandfather of Edith Simon and her brother Herbert Koppenhöfer – the siblings are the third generation to run the small Ferris wheel. Up to a height of 14 meters, you climb up in one of the twelve colorful gondolas. At the Mariahilfplatz this is enough for a great view, while at Oktoberfest it’s instead one of the smaller rides. Together with the Krinoline, it embodies a little bit of the flair of the “Oide Wiesn,” but just outside this on the large festival grounds. For comparison: The big Ferris wheel carries the passengers up to 50 meters.