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

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Vienna, Austria

Valid for Travel Now Through: 01 Feb 2021

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

Vienna, Austria

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level



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.

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Context Travel offers cultural and historical tours and activities led by deep subject-matter experts in over 50 cities around the world. With coverage of lesser known locales as well as main city sites, our experts take clients through in-depth, thematic topics to help them get to know a city more deeply. The tours are designed to be the ideal environment for learning – they are conversation-driven private experiences that are structured, but never scripted.

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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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Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2018

The 6 person maximum of Context tours really made for an intimate learning experience. The docents they get to lead the groups were top notch!
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Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2019

We had two tours, one entitled "Intro to HK: Colony to Financial Powerhouse" and the other "Kowloon Street Food Tour". The first had an architectural as well as historical framework, which was worthwhile, and our guide was very earnest and enthusiastic. We liked her very much. Our second tour, ostensibly a "Kowloon Street Food" got a little off track onto some political topics (reference is made in the description to discussing "local issues") but we made clear to our guide that we much preferred to spend our limited time checking out the street food and markets, and leaving politics and history aside. (Every guide prior to this had given us a similar capsule history of HK.) In fairness to our review of the guide, my wife and I were extremely tired by the time of our evening tour, and had to conclude the tour early, and we do not fault our guide in any way for our "running out of steam". Our guide was nice, though he made a couple of comments that might have been better left unsaid.
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Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2019

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