Gallery: World War II Flak Tower Transformed Into Tropical Aquarium in ...

 
The blockhouse towers - enormous concrete and steel leviathans that dominated the skyline - were constructed in Berlin, Hamburg, and Vienna.

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  1. peterhansen May 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Visited them last summer and well worth the effort. You can see the location of the 6 towers here: http://www.battlefieldsww2.com/Vienna.html

  2. feline74 May 12, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Modern-day castles! The ones with the windows are a fascia and remodel away from making very energy efficient mansions or apartment houses, to boot.

  3. rainingmirrors May 11, 2012 at 5:30 am

    The Haus des Meeres is just one of the flak towers in Vienna, Austria. A complete list can be found at http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiener_Flaktürme (in german). I wanted to note, that of your photographs only one displays the Haus des Meeres, all the other pictures are from different towers.
    All the towers actually come in pairs, one contained the command centre (Feuerleitstelle) and the other the actual gun crews (Gefechtsturm).
    Others of the towers are used as depots, one is used as an exhibition room/centre for the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna. Once there was a discussion to use one of them as a high security data centre, which is, btw, already the case with one other war relic in Austria.

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