Am am 9. September 1942 beschloss die deutsche F

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  1. francis (unregistered) on December 30th, 2004 @ 11:26 am

    Sorry, can’t read German. What are these? Huge anti-air attack towers?

  2. luc (unregistered) on December 30th, 2004 @ 12:07 pm

    To protect the “Reich” in WW2 Aircraft Defense Cannons (FLAK) were placed all over Germany and annected areas. In order to grant the anti-air artillery a good view and enable fast communication between the air defense units gigantic platforms towering over the houses in Vienna and many cities in Germany were built. Flaktowers were usually built in pairs. One tower was called “Gesch

  3. Robert (unregistered) on December 31st, 2004 @ 5:23 am

    It is in fact correct that the towers are for all intents and purposes impossible to destroy. They are far to massivly strong for an implosion and too substantial for conventional demolition; which would require years (literally) of drilling and air-hammering.

    The sextuplet remain as the modernist expression of the city’s long involvment with defensive works.


    -The Graben and Tiefer Graben from Roman and early medeval times.

    -The Ringstrasse from the renessance and into the Baroque period walls.

    -The Gurtel from the eigtheenth century linnenwall.

    -Assorted miscellanea like Turkenschanzpark and Kahlenberg.

    Letting alone the antedeluvial network of cellars and drainage around and beneath the city centre.


    The Ring, Gurtel, Graben &c are encountered so commonly as to have their military pedigree forgotten. The towers, contrarily, are plainly of military provenence, but are encountered so infrequently (invisible from the streets until you are essentially upon them) that it is quite possible to forget they are there.

  4. philipp (unregistered) on December 31st, 2004 @ 5:58 am

    from what i heard, those things are really impossible to destroy. i was told that the amount of explosives needed to tear one apart would shatter the whole surrounding district. at least one of them has been put to a peaceful use, though – the haus des meeres, a very large aquarium/terrarium. don’t know about the other ones, but i also heard that you can buy them from the city of vienna for one symbolic shilling (nowadays probably one symbolic euro if it’s true) if you promise to renovate them and make something useful out of them.

  5. francis (unregistered) on December 31st, 2004 @ 1:29 pm

    Thank you VERY much for the translation! What a wonderful service!

    I love your blog!

  6. nex (unregistered) on December 31st, 2004 @ 1:30 pm

    one tip for visitors of the haus des meeres: as those guys are _really_ envirenmentally friendly and also haven’t got too much money left for their electricity bills, so they put up a sign that says if you can, please use the stairs. however, if you’re interested in the architecture of the flak tower, take the lift or at least get into the cabin for a moment on the ground floor — it has a transparent ceiling, so you can see the whole shaft, which is illuminated to boot. this huge vertical, unkaputable concrete tunnel looks rather impressive.

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