Ferris wheel tour with showman Sebastian Willenborg on 22.9.
The Giant Ferris Wheel towers majestically over the panorama of the Wiesn and therefore it must not be missing from any souvenir photo: Hardly any other ride has shaped the appearance of the Oktoberfest as much as that of the Willenborg family. True Oktoberfest fans should not miss the chance to take a look behind the scenes! So be there when Ferris Wheel junior boss Sebastian Willenborg takes you on a virtual tour on Wednesday, September 22.
After all, the numbers of the Ferris wheel alone are impressive: 50 meters high, 40 gondolas, a total weight of 540 tons, 400 people can ride at the same time. The construction of Germany's first steel Ferris wheel alone takes two weeks. Incidentally, when it first appeared on the Theresienwiese in 1979, the Willenborg Ferris Wheel was the largest mobile Ferris wheel in the world and an absolute sensation at the Oktoberfest.
The Willenborgs have been active as showmen since 1936, but not with Ferris wheels at first. They didn't specialize in that until 1963, and now they have three of the giant rides with which they tour all over Europe.
For the Willenborg family, the issue of sustainability is also important, which can be seen, for example, in the use of energy-efficient LED lamps for the lighting of the Ferris wheel or in the use of climate-friendly transport vehicles. The accessibility of their Ferris wheel is also important to the Willenborgs, who have also been awarded the "Bavaria barrier-free" signet.
So there are a lot of exciting topics to talk about with Sebastian Willenborg, because of course you are also allowed to ask questions on the virtual tour. So take the opportunity to find out what's involved in running a big ride at the Oktoberfest and how you can imagine the life of a showman. And there's bound to be an anecdote or two to quench your longing for the Oktoberfest.
You have the chance to be there live: On 22.9. at 7 pm it starts - here's all the info and you can book the virtual tour (in German)!