Saturday, 08. March 2014 - 16:03
25. 02. 13. - 12:00
Long discussions have now led to a revival of the air defense towers (Flakturm) in Arenbergpark in Vienna-Landstrasse. Next year, the smaller tower will be used as a computer centre and the bigger one will be used for exhibitions by the MAK museum.
An IT company rented the smaller tower and is planning to use it as a computer centre. They will invest eight million Euros in the project. The bigger tower or "MAK-Tower" has been used for a depot of contemporary art and will now also be used for exhibitions.
The MAK museum is planning exhibitions of contemporary art for next year. The tower is currently closed due to adaptations.
Peter Noever, the former director of the museum, suggested the building of a bar at the roof of the tower. His plans have, however, been dropped, which pleases a civil initiative that protested against the project.
The six air defense towers of Vienna were built in World War II by NS-architect Friedrich Tamms. There are still two towers in Augarten, two in Arenbergpark and one each in the Stiftskaserne and in Esterhazypark.
The architect chose to build two towers next to each other: there were air and missile defense guns at the turret and facilities such as radio and floodlights on the other tower.
However, the towers could not be used as they were supposed to: the allied forces flew very high and thus out of reach of the tower. The towers became more significant as buildings used for air-raid protection: the walls are seven metres wide and the towers have a self-sufficient power and water supply.
Nowadays, the towers are protected buildings and, according to a study of the City of Vienna in 2002, they shall keep their status of a war memorial.
What is on at Burg Kino this week (7 March - 13 March)
See what films are on this week at the Burg Kino on the Opernring.
Police catch graffiti-villain of Vienna
A graffiti sprayer, named "Puber" has been one of the main "villains" of Vienna for almost a year. He has filled almost the half of the city with his drawings. Now, a suspect, alleged to be the notorious sprayer himself is in the police custody of Vienna and may face up to five years in prison.
Apartment sales drop in Austria
According to the brokerage firm Re/Max, the number of the real estate sales in Austria has declined around 8.3% in the last year. The exact number of properties which were sold and bought accounts to over 80,000 units, which translates into 16 billion euros. Apartments were the most popular type of property sold last year, accounting for 28,000 of the units sold, but there has still been a 9.3% decrease from the last year.
McDonalds boom in Austria
McDonald's in Austria generated 560 million Euros in sales in 2013 after introducing more branches and expanding it's product range.
Exhibition takes you on a journey with Sigmund Freud
To mark the 75th anniversary of Sigmund Freud's death, the museum dedicated to him in Vienna is holding an exhibition looking at Freud's journeys around the world, including his final one that saw him flee National Socialism in 1938.
Plastic replacing fish in the Danube
The Danube is so polluted that there are now more plastic particles than fish larvae in the water according to new research.
Rediscovered 'degenerate' painting on show at Belvedere
A painting that was rediscovered in 2012, decades after it was seized by the Nazi's for being 'degenerate', is on display at the Belvedere Palace in Vienna.
Austrian Airlines spellcheck mishap
The online copyeditor for Austrian Airlines will be getting a slap on the wrist after it was embarrassingly revealed that the English version of their website is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors.
FPOe former press officer cleared over Nazi SS posts
The former press spokesperson for the Freedom Party (FPOe) has been cleared by prosecutors in Austria after Nazi quotes appeared on his Facebook page.
Air China to fly to Spain via Vienna
A new four times weekly Air China flight between Beijing and Barcelona will stop off in Vienna when the route is launched on 5 May this year.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Animal rights group protest against Burberry fur in Vienna|
|Vienna first city to be granted personal domain name|
|Austrian Airlines spellcheck mishap|
|Insider reports errors in sick leave system|
|Air China to fly to Spain via Vienna|