I believe there are 6 World War II flak-towers still to be seen in Vienna. These two are in the Augarten, a walled park with flower beds and long tree-lined avenues. It lies close to the city centre.
The Augarten Park was given to the Viennese people by Emperor Joseph II, a far-sighted son of the Empress Maria-Theresia and probably the most progressive and intelligent of all the Habsburgs, for the public's enjoyment and recreation.
Today in the park there are several cafes and bars, one is the Bunkerei (the Bunker). Also to be found are the Augarten Porcelain Museum, the Gustinus Ambrosi Museum, and two Austrian cows, Ritta and Hektor.
Notwithstanding the Emperor's dedication which I believe is inscribed somewhere in stone the Vienna Boys Choir is today firmly at home in the park in spite of sit-down protests from the Augarten outdoor cinema public and others which required police intervention.
There was also a barrage of press criticism in respect of the choir's unfortunate oversight regarding the obtaining of certain planning permissions; however the Sängerknaben, as the boy songsters are called, are not unique in this respect as you can see from the pictures above.
You can read the story of Gustinus Ambrosi (1893-1975) and meet the two cows in forthcoming posts.