Tallest Swing Carousel: Prater Tower, Austria
While we're at it with high-flying amusements, Vienna's 383-foot Prater Tower (Praterturm) takes the Guinness World Record for tallest swing carousel ride. In the city's landmark Prater Park, you can fling through the air from the seat of a chair that would easily clear the Statue of Liberty's torch and Big Ben's clock tower spire. Before the swing ride was built in 2010, Prater amusement park's giant Ferris wheel boasted the best city view from the park. For a view from the top of the world's tallest Ferris wheel, head to Singapore. The Singapore Flyer's 28 capsules rise 541 feet above the bay and, on a clear day, offer views as far as Malaysia and Indonesia. You can book a private capsule for a four-course meal and butler service.
If You Go: In Vienna admission to Prater Park (Wiener Prater) is free. You pay for rides individually. The park also houses a museum, a planetarium, and a miniature railway.