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Madame Tussaud's wants to take over Vienna Ferris wheel

2. June 2008

British amusement-park operator, Merlin Entertainments, has announced it is in talks with the owners of Vienna's giant Ferris wheel, one of the city's most famous landmarks.  

London's famous wax museum Madame Tussaud's has said it wants to take over the running Vienna's giant Ferris Wheel, one of the city's main attractions.

In an interview with the Austrian press agency, Johannes Mock of Merlin Entertainments, the group running Madame Tussaud's, said the Ferris wheel would present ideal synergy effects for a planned outlet in the Austrian capital.

Negotiations with the current owner about renting the 65-metre wheel and surrounding locations were ongoing, Mock was quoted as saying. Buying it however, was out of the question. 'The Ferris Wheel in Vienna is unaffordable,' he said.


The current owners confirmed the negotiations, and said they were open for talks regarding renting out the tourist attraction.

'I, as the Ferris Wheel's (owner) would welcome a deal with Madame Tussaud's,' owner Peter Petritsch said.

The Ferris Wheel, which was built in 1897 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the accession of Emperor Franz Joseph I to the Habsburg throne, would be the eighth addition to Madame Tussaud's international franchise.

The company, with its famous life-like celebrity statues, runs wax museums in Las Vegas, New York, Washington, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Shanghai and plans to open a museum in Berlin in July.   

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