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