Events for July
M T W T F S S
30 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
Add your event FREE

Today


Videos


Polls


Accomodations in Austria


Cosmo and Nanu

The_70_year_old_crane

Flak tower crane removed to make way for viewing platform

A huge crane left over from the war and mounted on top of one of Vienna's massive Flak towers is set to be taken down after 70 years to make way for a new panorama viewing platform.

During the war Vienna built six massive flak towers in which people could take shelter and which were designed to withstand a direct hit from an Allied bomb – and which were also designed so that huge anti-aircraft guns could be mounted on the top.

Made out of steel reinforced concrete they were so well built and so tough that it was found to be impossible to demolish them after the war and they were left standing as a silent sentinels to the horror of the Second World War.

Only one was ever used afterwards and that was the tower located near the busy shopping street the Mariahilferstrasse  -  where it was converted into an aquarium - the Haus des Meeres. More recently a rainforest area was added inside and a glass conservatory to provide light as well as a climbing wall on one side.

The attraction is so popular that it recently extended into the cellar with more animal residents and now over the coming months the panorama viewing platform will be added on the top of the building.

During that process the crane needs to be removed and will be restored by the experts Robert Bouchal and Wolfgang Frühwirth.

The 3.5 tonne crane had to be cut free from its concrete base and then will be lowered down to the ground later this week.

It will then be taken to a military base where its restoration will take place in a process expected to take several years.

As part of the process of creating the platform around 700 tonnes of steel reinforced concrete will need to be removed from the roof because it is damaged and what remains will then need to be resealed and replaced with a new cover.

At the end of it there will be a 460 square metre terrace for the public.

Vienna Times






Tag cloud:
Flak  experts  built  crane  panorama  steel  tonne  platform  Vienna  viewing  tower  concrete  popular  mounted  base  reinforced  residents  creating  animal  cellar


Latest News

 

Beekeeping is booming in Vienna
People living in Vienna have got a new hobby - beekeeping.

Queen of Englands favourite horses used as lawnmowers in Vienna
Horses from the famous Spanish Riding School are being used to help keep the grass down in city parks in Vienna.

Get an early start on the American Independence Day celebrations at Eton Institute
Get an early start on the American Independence Day celebrations at Eton Institute

Penguin Babies Earn Their Feathers At Zoo
These feathered friends are the latest additions to the penguin enclosure at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo.

Sex On The Underground Station Filmed By Passenger
The fact that there were CCTV cameras in place or the fact that a train packed with passengers had pulled into the station didn't seem to bother this couple caught having sex in public at an underground train station in the Austrian capital Vienna.

Jobless Footballers Join Dole Rangers To Showcase Their Talent
Austria's job centres are entering the big league - by creating a football team to allow jobless footballers to showcase their talent and get work.

Eton Institute Vienna launches Summer Campaign with huge Online Sale
Eton Institute Vienna launches Summer Campaign with huge Online Sale Vienna language institute offers one-day occasion to boost personal and professional skills

Strongman pulls worlds largest twinjet plane out of hanger
A strong man known as the "Austrian Rock" has notched up his 16th endurance world record, this time by pulling a Boeing 777 plane from its hangar at the Vienna International Airport in Schwechat.

Museum of Applied Arts celebrates 150 years
The Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) is celebrating its 150th anniversary with three special exhibitions.

Erdogan tells Turks not to assimilate into Austria
Turkey's Prime Minister has been accused of creating unrest by Austrian politicians after he called on Turks in Austria to reject 'assimilation'.

 


Rieders Digests


The most popular stories –
last 7 days