Quirky Vienna – Opera Toilet, Flak Tower

4 August, 2009

Following up from this morning’s post on the quirky sides of Vienna, I will be sharing with you how Viennese had integrated the Opera culture into even their toilets.

Opera Culture in Vienna

Just underneath the Vienna Opera House lies a public toilet that plays Mozart music.  For €0.60, you get to soak in the entire Opera atmosphere as you go about doing what you have to do.

Vienna Austria Opera Toilet

The following picture and video will provide you with a peek at its interior.

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Vienna Opera Toilet Interior

A video of the “atmospheric” Opera Toilet – not filmed by me.  If you suffer from motion sickness, you might want to refrain from watching this video; can get quite dizzying at times but you will see what the interior looks like.

The Opera also provides free live telecasts of their performances outside.  We would have to soak in the REAL Opera atmosphere by watching a performance but it is way too cold.. brrr..

Vienna Opera

Indestructible Flak Towers (Flaktürme)

During World War II, the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) constructed large, above-ground anti-aircraft gun blockhouses flak towers to defend Vienna against Allied air attack.  They also served as air-raid shelters for tens of thousands of Viennese.

With concrete walls up to 3.5 metres thick, these flak towers were considered to be invulnerable to attack with the usual ordnance carried by Allied bombers.  After the war was lost, the demolition of the towers was in most cases unfeasible and many remain to this day.

Vienna Flak Towers (Flakturme)

The L-Tower in Esterhazypark is used as an aquarium.  It used to serve as a Lead Tower with these functions: fire-control tower, command tower, listening bunker or small flak tower (YES! this is a small one – there are other bigger ones in Berlin and Vienna).

For a depiction of how these towers were used back in World War II, see the following video:

Honor System (Newspapers) & Roadside Water-Coolers

Vienna practises an honor system to sell their newspapers.  To buy a newspaper, all one have to do is find a newspaper holder around lampposts, drop the right amount into the coin slot and take your newspapers.  However there is no locking mechanism that is unlocked upon the drop of the coin, you can remove the newspapers even without paying.  Interesting…  Check out the following picture for a demo (Demo only! I did not take the paper ;-p)

Vienna Honor System Newspaper

If you are thirsty while touring around Vienna, watch out for these huge water coolers by the roads.  Convenient.. :-p

Vienna Water Coolers

Zhiqiang & Tingyi

Comments (6)

  • HealthuReply

    4 August, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Cool design. Nice places. Nice shots. Traveling is best for stress release.
    We must spend some time to travel and meet others to relax.
    Cool blog and keep it up.
    .-= Health Outfit´s last blog ..Family Diet – Dieting with your Family =-.

  • wayangtimesReply

    5 August, 2009 at 10:36 am

    hey dun u have to work lol? always travelling?
    .-= wayangtimes´s last blog ..10 Reasons Why Posting Your Photos Online is a Bad Idea =-.

    • ZhiqiangReply

      5 August, 2009 at 1:45 pm

      Sure i work.. these are just updates from my recent May Europe trip.

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