Day Tour

City of Dreams, Freud's Vienna (2 Hours 30 Minutes)

Context Travel

Vienna, Austria

Valid for Travel Now Through: 30 Mar 2019

City of Dreams, Freud's Vienna (2 Hours 30 Minutes)

Vienna, Austria

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level

Moderate

Description

Sigmund Freud spent most of his life in Vienna. His work in the field of psychotherapy remains highly influential, and today carries weight across a range of philosophies and disciplines; indeed, such is the gravity of Freud’s legacy that Vienna became known as the City of Dreams. During this walk, we will explore the places he lived and worked to get to know the founding father of psychoanalysis. We'll look at how Vienna inspired his work, and how, in turn, his presence influenced the city. Freud’s family moved to the Austrian capital in 1860 when he was four years old. At 17, he entered the University of Vienna, where he eventually became a docent, delivering weekly lectures that helped build his reputation and a significant following. In 1933, at the height of Freud’s career, the Nazis came to power, marking the beginning of the end of his illustrious time in Vienna. Freud was Jewish, and despite increasing anti-semitism, he shrugged off persistent warnings from friends and colleagues for another five years. In 1938, following the Anschluss, he and his family finally fled to London. For many of Austria’s Jews, however, such an escape was not possible. Our walk starts at the Sigmund Freud Museum, the city center apartment where Freud lived and worked for 47 years. In the company of a local scholar or expert, we will consider the history of psychoanalysis, and stand in the very waiting room that Freud’s patients once occupied. From there, we’ll visit the campus of the Vienna General Hospital, where Freud began his career. Passing by the Narrenturm—a looming 18th century insane asylum and the first building created uniquely for accommodating mental patients—our narrative will contextualize the history and development of attitudes towards mental illness. After a stroll through Sigmund Freud Park, we finish up at Cafe Landmann, one of Freud’s favorite haunts and a hub for turn-of-the-century intellectualism. At the end of this walk, we’ll have a deeper understanding of the trauma that so many of Austria's citizens suffered during World War II, and, in the aftermath, the collective attempts at coming to terms with this dark period of history—a process which continues to this day. We’ll appreciate the complexities of Freud’s personal and working life, and how his legacy continues to interplay with Vienna’s sense of identity in the 21st century.

About Us

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture that makes these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six other people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our "docents" are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

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Terms & Conditions

Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.



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