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Zwentendorf an der Donau, Austria

Obscura Day 2016: Zwentendorf Nuclear Power Plant

Join us for a tour of Austria's very first and only nuclear power station, completed but never used.

For a brief moment in the 1970s it looked like the future of Austria's power production was going to be in a handful of massive nuclear plants, but the entire vision was put down by massive public outcry. Before the people voted down their nuclear future one plant was completely finished, to be left abandoned before it was ever turned on.

Completed in the mid-to-late 1970s, the construction of the Zwentendorf Power Plant cost nearly a billion euro. The tall, monolithic building was outfitted with what was at the time a cutting edge boiling water reactor, an enormous chimney tower and radioactive nuclear rods--all that was left was to turn the plant on. The Zwentendorf facility was to be just the first of a number of planned nuclear plants in the country, but anti-nuclear sentiment exploded during its construction. In a referendum passed in 1978, the Austrian people voted by a margin of just over 50% to ban all nuclear power plants. And with that, the new plant was left dead in the water.

Join us on Obscura Day for a special German-language tour of the Zwentendorf Power Plant, exploring the architecture of nuclear power in the 1970s and highlighting an important piece of contemporary Austrian history and politics.

Saturday, April 16; 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ticket Cost: Free as a special Obscura Day offer, but capacity is limited.

Zwentendorf Nuclear Power Plant
Zwentendorf an der Donau, 3435

Please Note: This tour will be conducted in German.

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