Last sunday was the first really beautiful day of the year and so I took the chance to visit the Augarten in Vienna where two towers dominate your view. They were built during 2nd world war to defend central Vienna from air raids.
First lets take a look on the control tower, a square building that used to house the Radar system and has a rectangular base:
Standing there feels really intimidating.
The Flak (Flug Abwehr Kanone) Towers in Augarten are sealed to prevent entering them as they are not in a good shape, more on that further down.
A birds nest:
Time to move on
The even bigger Gun tower in the distance:
In 1946 some kids started a fire in the upper floor where shells for the AA-guns were still stored, luckily they were able to get out but the tower took serious damage lifting its top and cracking the 2,5m thick walls. To prevent disintegration the whole thing is wrapped with steel ropes.
Obviously there was at least some use to the tower housing some Antennas:
Tho they seem very passive there 😀
Today the Augarten towers are a birds refugium:
A few day earlier I took a look at the Esterházy park control tower which has been transformed into an aquatic zoo:
I can’t visit its gun tower because its located inside a military base besides the Museumsquartier.
On my way back I came across some old docking station, immediately felt like Fallout Vienna 😀
All towers visited are Type 3
Author: User:San Andreas Date: 2 Dec 2006 Description: Different types of german World War II Air-raid shelter. The description on the pictures mean ‘Construction type 1’, ‘Construction type 2’ and ‘Construction type 3’, respectively.
There is a type 2 Gun tower in Arenbergpark which I will visit some later date.
check out the towers locations here:
So long, see you next time