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Ironman lives – in Vienna!

I randomly stumbled upon Ironman while walking near the Rathaus (City Hall) in Wien. He’s cool, but a bit dense.

Wehrmann in Eisen - the Iron Soldier

Paraphrasing from the plaque next to the Wehrmann in Eisen, or the Iron Soldier:

First put up in 1915 in Vienna, people could donate money to drive a nail into the wooden statue, with proceeds supporting widows and orphans of dead WWI soldiers. Nail count: about 500,000. Later, in 1934, it was set up again to collect funds, and nails were driven into the new pedestal instead of the statue. Finally it was set up in the alcove where it stands now. Seems that it’s just been renovated.

Closeup of the Iron Soldier

Getting there:

  • Check out this Google maps link which shows where the Wehrmann in Eisen stands watch. I believe it’s either this building or the one to the right of it, along Felderstrasse (to the north of the Rathaus).

Posted in World Travel 7 years, 2 months ago at 12:00 pm.

6 comments

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  1. You really are a mine of information aren’t you!

    Very interesting, indeed :)
    .-= Wendy Morrell´s last blog ..2009 wrap-up. =-.

  2. That’s the lucky thing of living in central Europe… travel anywhere is so easy :-)

  3. I’d love to be able to travel and see the world. One day perhaps.

    Great blog. :)
    .-= Corra McFeydon´s last blog ..a piano unseated =-.

  4. Thanks, Corra! I highly recommend traveling. Just set a goal, pick a nearby country and set aside 1-2w of vacation, and work toward that. Nothing has expanded my horizons like traveling somewhere with a completely different language and culture.

  5. You make it sound so attainable! It’s always something I’ve wanted to do, but I never really believed I could.

    College has all my money right now, but one day…
    .-= Corra McFeydon´s last blog ..a piano unseated =-.

  6. Corra, that is true about college. Hmm… try to find a study abroad program. I really wish I’d done that in HS or college, it can be a cheap way to go abroad for a semester or a year.