Freud Museum, Vienna:
Sigmund Freud House in Berggasse
Note: This was once the combined article for the Freud Museum and the School of Surgery, which has now moved to a separate article on the Josephinum.
The area of Alsergrund is Vienna′s ninth district and despite of its predominantly ugly architectural heritage dating back to the time of the Ringstraßen-re-vamping, it is a refreshingly lively and lovely district. This is mostly due to thousands of students that live in this district, which is close to the main University building.
Particularly med students like to stay here, as Austria′s biggest hospital, the "Allgemeines Krankenhaus AKH" ("General Hospital") covers a fair chunk of the district. Vienna's most famous medic has pracitced his craft in the Berggasse: Sigmund Freud.
Berggasse 19: Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna
In Berggasse 19, you can find the Freud Museum, where Sigmund and his fam lived between 1872 and 1938, when he wisely headed off to London to deprive the Nazis of an opportunity to kill him. His flat in the second floor was a site Freudian worship a long time before it was finally transformed into a museum.
Here you can see his hat, stick and some other personal items and you will soon notice that essentially all of the Freud family′s possessions either went with them to London or was sold prior to departure. The things on display today nevertheless manage to create an atmosphere that feels authentic - including photographs of the family.
In a nutshell: Not the most amazing museum of Vienna, but worth a visit if you are into psychology or a twit yourself. By the way, when I was researching information on Austria online in April 2007, I discovered that the BBC website named Freud and Wittgenstein as two great Austrian thinkers - without even mentioning that both of them died with British citizenship in England.
Further attractions nearby include the Schubert birthplace, the Votivkirche, the amazing Palais Liechtenstein Art Museum and the Währinger Friedhof cemetery including Vienna′s oldest Jewish cemetery that is still maintained.
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