Abandoned Vienna: exploring an abandoned home for the blind hidden in the Viennese Woods

Abandoned Vienna: exploring an abandoned home for the blind hidden in the Viennese Woods

March 23, 2020

Abandoned Vienna: exploring
an abandoned home for the blind
hidden in the Viennese Woods

March 23, 2020

Vienna Würstelstand's says

As we’re currently living through historically significant times, we thought we’d pay tribute to places that have been left behind in history, yet played a historically significant role, with the series, Abandoned Vienna.

Ok, so this abandoned location is not actually in Vienna, yet rather amongst the trees of the surrounding Wienerwald (translation: Viennese woods). Hiding away in the forests of the countryside near Vienna lies the remains of the Unterdambach Blindenheim (A home for the blind).

 

Constructed in 1996, this once state-of-the-art facility was built to accommodate blind Jewish people following World War 2.

 

 

 

The now abandoned site – featuring a chapel, a Kegelbahn (translation: bowling lanes), a library and a pool – was all designed to be a small self-enclosed town for the visually impaired.

 

 

 

With time, medical breakthroughs and a new, more inclusive approach to the differently-abled, the need for such a facility of this scale became void. Slowly, as residents passed away, or moved out, it began to shut down, one floor at a time. It finally closed its doors in 2014.

 

 

Today the massive building sits virtually empty, awaiting its next chapter in life. With a handful of rooms currently in use by religious groups, and a few mysterious residents residing in otherwise abandoned wings, the Blindenheim has become a centre of various local urban legends.

 

 

 

Want to explore the Blindenheim for yourself once the Coronavirus has left Austria to return to (some version of) normal? Contact moritz.campuswienerwald@gmail.com to arrange a private tour with the groundkeeper and see this relic for yourself.

 

 

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