Der Dritte Mann Museum


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The history of Viennese sewage system goes back to the year 100 A.D. Around that time, Roman soldiers guarding the Vindobona fortress, which ruins hold the location of today’s Vienna, decided to build the sewage system, which is still considered very modern even today. The functions of this system and the whole city itself is perfectly shown in the Roman museum on Hohe Markt in the Centre of Vienna. In the middle ages the capital of Austria wasn’t much different from man0y standard European cities, all types of filth and garbage landed on the streets or in the rivers. And they were laying there until the heavy rain came to wash them down to the Danube river.

The huge epidemic of cholera in 1830 mobilized the city to upgrade the sewage system and build two channels flowing down with the Viennese river. In the mid-19th century there were no more complements about the system’s functioning. However, the ever-growing city required constant upgrading to the sewage system, and there were no problems with rebuilding it, until World War I. After the fall of the monarchy, because of the country’s disastrous economic situation, the renovations were stopped, and during World War II the sewage system was damaged by more than 1800 bombs. Deleting the destructions lasted until 1950, right afterwards the rebuilding of the sewerage has begun, and the culminating point was giving the big Simmering sewage treatment plant away.

Today 98% Viennese homes are connected to the sewage system. There are 2400 kilometres of pipes running through the city and 610 workers taking care of the system’s functionality.

Visiting the sewers may be associated with a dirty and quite smelly trip, but thanks to the Viennese guides and a classic movie titled “Der Dritte Mann” it is definitely a unique experience.

This movie is considered one of the greatest classics of world cinematography and it won an Oscar for its black and white look. The story takes place in February 1947. It is a crime story, and the bloodcurdling chase scenes were shot in the oldest part of the Viennese sewers. But we have to warn anyone with weak nerves – there might be a few shooting sounds on this trip. The walk is divided into three parts. The first part is a trip through the sewers, by the tracks of the movie’s characters, of course. The second takes us down the streets of the Old Town to visit the places where the scenes of the movie were shot. You will finish the trip with seeing the movie itself at the Burg cinema, with the original movie soundtrack.. Of course, you can choose the module you want, but you hale to pay separately for each one.

During the last 2 years the sewers were explored this way, and since their popularity still keeps growing, you should book your tickets earlier by dialing. Dritte Mann Museum, 4., Pressgasse 25. Open on Saturdays from 2pm to 6pm

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