Munich’s new Ferris wheel has found a name and operator
The Motorworld Group will be taking over the operation of Munich’s new attraction, the ‘Hi-Sky München’. Constructed by Munich-based MAURER SE, it will be located in the new district Werksviertel-Mitte. Three strong partners will be lining up to establish the world’s biggest mobile Ferris wheel as a new crowd-puller in the tourism metropolis of Munich. Alongside traditional rides, the Motorworld Group is also planning truly special experiences with Hi-Sky München.
The Munich-based steel construction company MAURER SE will be setting up the Hi-Sky in Munich’s Werksviertel-Mitte district in the spring of 2019. The Ferris wheel will be run by the Motorworld Group, which already maintains a successful event operation in the Freimann district with its Motorworld München, home to the well-known Zenith, Kesselhaus and Kohlebunker event venues. “Our local team,” says Arantxa Dörrié, member of the Executive Board of the Motorworld Group, “will bring its collective expertise to bear in establishing Hi-Sky München as a real crowd-puller.” The new attraction is scheduled to open as soon as April 2019. As well as traditional rides, experiences such as a Bavarian veal sausage breakfast or meetings in a gondola will also be on offer, while catering and merchandising outlets will round off the visitors’ experience.
Dr. Christian Braun, managing director of MAURER SE, is delighted: “With its many years’ experience in developing and operating experience worlds, the Motorworld Group was our preferred candidate to run the Ferris wheel.” The Hi-Sky München will be located for at least two years at the Werksviertel-Mitte site in the immediate vicinity of the Ostbahnhof railway station, from where it will offer stupendous views of Munich’s city centre and the Alps. The new attraction will be in operation 365 days a year; opening hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. are currently planned.
Entry in the Guinness Book of Records
Hi-Sky München is a MAURER R80 XL Ferris wheel, and was developed by the Dutch designer Ron A. Bussink. With a diameter of 74 metres and an overall height of 78 metres, it is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as being the world’s biggest transportable Ferris wheel. With its 27 Zeppelin gondolas, each capable of accommodating 16 passengers, the wheel can transport 1,700 people in just one hour depending on its rotating speed. The air-conditioned gondolas can be safely and easily accessed from an elevated platform. The entire waiting area is covered by a transparent construction to protect the visitors from inclement weather. Access is controlled fully automatically by means of an electronic SKIDATA ticket system.
About the Motorworld Group
The independent Motorworld Group is based in Schemmerhofen (Baden-Württemberg, Germany). The origins of the family-run company date back to 1933. The Motorworld Group develops, builds and operates experience worlds dedicated to mobile passion.
The first location was Motorworld Region Stuttgart in Böblingen, which opened in 2009 and has since been expanded several times. Further projects and activities under the MOTORWORLD® brand have been initiated in recent years: Motorworld Köln – Rheinland (opened in 2018), Motorworld München (under construction), Motorworld Zeche Ewald – Ruhr in Herten (at the construction planning stage), and Motorworld Mallorca (at the construction planning stage). The portfolio will be complemented by the Motorworld Manufaktur locations in Berlin, Metzingen, Rüsselsheim and Zürich. The Motorworld idea also regularly goes on tour, including to the annual classic car trade fairs Motorworld Classics Berlin and Motorworld Classics Bodensee in Friedrichshafen. Hi-Sky Munich adds a new dimension of mobility to the portfolio of experience offers.
Further informations: www.motorworld.de
About MAURER SE
MAURER SE is a leading specialist in the mechanical engineering and steel construction sectors with more than 1,000 employees worldwide. The company is the market leader in the field of structural protection systems (bridge bearings, expansion joints, anti-seismic devices, vibration dampers and monitoring systems). It also develops and manufactures vibration insulation for buildings and machines, roller coasters, Ferris wheels and special steel structures.
MAURER is involved in many spectacular large-scale projects, such as the world’s largest bridge bearings in Wasirabad, earthquake-proof expansion joints on the Bosporus bridges, semi-active vibration dampers in the Donau City Tower, or compression tension bearings for the Zenith Stadium in St. Petersburg. Among its showpieces in steel construction are BMW Welt and Munich airport’s Terminal II. Among its spectacular amusement rides are the world’s largest transportable Ferris wheel R80 XL in Mexico, the Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster at Universal Studios in Orlando, the Fiorano GT Challenge in Abu Dhabi, and the Launch Coaster in the Bayern-Park.
Further informations: www.maurergw.de
About the Werksviertel-Mitte district
Over the next few years, around 1,150 flats will be built on the 9-hectare-large site at Ostbahnhof station. Around 7,000 jobs will also be created. Over 340 flats will be available for subsidised housing construction. A four-stream primary school for about 400 pupils, together with several day-care centres, will provide the social infrastructure for the new quarter.
Daily needs are also taken care of. Working, living and life in general are ideally combined in the Werksviertel-Mitte district. Shops, hotels, eateries, a comprehensive range of leisure facilities, together with numerous cultural buildings, will be created here. A special highlight will be the new Munich Konzerthaus, which will be built in the heart of the Werksviertel-Mitte district. Until construction begins, the Hi-Sky Ferris wheel will be Munich’s new landmark from Spring 2019.
Further informations: www.werksviertel-mitte.de