we deliver emotion. Europe-wide.
In our company tradition and technology, complex logistics and sophisticated planning come together. All for one goal: to give people pleasure.
From the very beginning (i.e. since 1848) our business has been to bring pleasure to people
The technical possibilities have grown steadily since then, as have the logistical challenges. From the tradition of seven generations we have gathered the experience and skills that enable us to provide a product that is hardly noticeable in the factory, how much effort and care it has taken
This is exactly our goal: Our guests and customers should experience carefree pleasure. If we succeed in doing this again and again, we have done a good job. Since 1848.
Start-up 1848 – The success story of our company began with a self-built carousel
In the middle of the 19th century the tailor and “Carousselführer” August Ludwig Franz Bruch asked his brother, a wagonsmith, to build him a carousel. The early start-up laid the foundation for a “showman dynasty” that is unparalleled in Germany.
Since 1848, the members of the Bruch family have been travelling from one folk festival to the next to delight the public with their attractions
Set in motion by manual operation: THE FIRST GIANT WHEEL OF THE FAMILY
August’s third son Emil founded another tradition in the Bruch family. In 1896 he bought a Ferris wheel, then called a Russian swing, with manual operation and carbide lamps – by the way, one year before the probably most famous wheel of the world was built in the Prater of Vienna in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the throne of Emperor Franz Josef I.
With a height of twelve metres and ten gondolas, the first of the Bruchs already fascinated visitors back then.
Muscle power was required: MUCH SWEAT FLOWED FOR THE PEOPLE'S PLEASURE
But the pleasure of the guests to watch the folk festival from above meant hard work for the showmen, because without electric help a lot of muscle power was needed for the drive
From 1900 an evaporator diesel engine was used until years later the electrical system was introduced.
Growth story. HOW THE WHEELS GOT BIGGER AND BIGGER
In the course of time the dimensions grew.
In 1960, William Bruch developed his first transportable steel giant wheel with 16 gondolas and a height of 20 metres.
Together with his nephew Oscar, he consistently and continuously expanded the Ferris wheel business since the 1990s and later handed it over completely into the hands of Oscar Bruch jr.
CLASSY HIGH: The Bellevue - the mother of the new big wheel family
Since 1994, the “Bellevue” giant wheel has been turning at a height of well over 50 metres.
It rewards its guests in the 42 gondolas with a fantastic view over the respective city and of course the folk festival. The thoughtful ride at an impressive altitude becomes an unforgettable experience.
Designed in Art Nouveau, it pays homage to the Bruch family’s tradition of the Ferris wheel.
Plenty of light and modern technology – EXPO 2000 STILL SHINES TODAY
With the Sky Lounge Wheel/Expo Star, the company Oscar Bruch jr. prepares for the future. The Giant Ferris Wheel, world-famous due to the Expo 2000 in Hannover, shines with its state-of-the-art technical equipment. In addition to the opulent lighting with 1200 metres of neon and approx. 50 000 lighting points, the frequency-controlled gear motors are among the most modern and comfortable drives. In the fully enclosed and safety glazed gondolas, the passengers of the Sky Lounge Wheel truly have the feeling of floating.
THE WHEEL OF VISION completes the ferris wheel trio
The youngest member of Oscar Bruch’s Ferris wheel trio is the Wheel of Vision, which shines not only with special light effects.
For weeks and months, the “Wheel of Vision” increases the attractiveness of the metropolises and their inner cities, not only visually, and shapes the city skylines for a limited period of time with new attractive perspectives.
Whether in Lyon, Düsseldorf or Dresden, whether in Gdansk, Budapest or Metz, the 55-metre high attraction is always perceived as an extraordinary enrichment of the urban flair of its venues.