Bavaria's capital has a brand new attraction. The gigantic Hi-Sky wheel opened on 14 April 2019 and is drawing visitors and residents alike to the east of the city. The surrounding Werksviertel area houses hip workshops, cafés, loft-style offices, art spaces and cultural venues, and the 750-tonne colossus towering over it. The big wheel was built on the spot where the famous potato dumpling company Pfanni produced Bavarian specialties. Measuring 78 m, the Hi-Sky is the largest mobile big wheel in existence, earning it a place in the Guinness Book of Records. It even outstrips the big wheel on the Oktoberfest grounds and is clearly visible in Munich's skyline, joining the Frauenkirche church, the Olympics tower and the town hall as another landmark.
You need to have a good head for heights if you want to enter one of the 27 cabins, but what awaits you during the 30-minute ride is an absolutely amazing panorama. On 365 days of the year, the big wheel lifts you above the roofs of Munich to show you everything from the Allianz Arena to the Bavarian Alps (weather permitting, of course). Not only can you spot the city's famous landmarks, but you also get the chance to see a number of unusual things. One highlight for children and curious adults is the quietly grazing sheep on the roof of the nearby Werks3 building. Three ewes, four lambs and a ram live on 2,500 m2 of space between beehives and flowerbeds. They owe their home to the Stadtalm ("city Alpine meadow") project, a ground-breaking undertaking focusing on sustainability and environmental protection. You won't be tempted to count any sheep and fall asleep, however: the spectacular view from the Hi-Sky will certainly keep your eyes wide open as you complete your circuit.
Along with the classic big wheel experience, passengers can choose from a number of different options, such as a hearty aerial breakfast with white sausages or a tour of the town from above with a specially trained guide. There's also a VIP cabin for special occasions - the crew is only too happy to cater to your wishes.
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If having such an expansive view gives you a certain yearning for the wider world, you don't have to go far to enjoy an exotic experience: Hawaiian cuisine awaits you at Aloha Poke in Atelierstrasse 12, right beside the Hi-Sky. Diners have a tremendous array of fresh ingredients to choose from. These are then put together for their personal - and irresistible - poke bowl.
Getting here: The Hi-Sky big wheel is just four minutes from Munich's Ostbahnhof station. Leave the station via the Friedenstrasse exit and turn right. Walk along Friedenstrasse for approx. 150 m, then turn left at Atelierstrasse - you're already at your destination.