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Freud's Vienna: The Three Schools of Psychoanalysis

Vienna 4 nights Price from £2,486 per person
Departs: 25 Nov 2024
Departs: 25 Nov 2024

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On our tour in the company of a neuroscience expert, we will explore the history of Freud, Adler, Frankl and the birth of the Viennese Schools of Psychoanalysis, as well as exploring the history of science and medicine in Vienna, and the Jewish community in particular. Vienna at the turn of the last century was Europe’s most important cultural and academic melting-pot, which combined a wealthy civil society with a period of tolerance for the Jewish community, and a flourishing scientific, artistic and musical sphere. It was in this atmosphere that Dr Sigmund Freud was able to pioneer his ideas which led to the foundation of modern psychoanalysis. Born in the now Czech Republic, Freud lived for about 80 years in Vienna, until Anschluss with Nazi Germany in 1938 forced him to emigrate to London. During this time he cemented a position as one of the world’s great scientific thinkers, with pioneering studies and theories of the unconscious mind.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Four nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Two dinners
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader
  • Guest lectures from New Scientist contributor
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities


  • Day 1 - Flights to Vienna

    We shall fly to Vienna and transfer to the 4* Hotel Kaiserhof. This evening our guest lecturer will give a talk on the Viennese School at the Alfred Adler Center International, in the district where Adler, a member of Freud’s Psychological Wednesday Society, was born and lived.
  • Day 2 - Exploring Vienna

    Today is devoted to exploring the Jewish history of the city. Until 1938, Vienna had one of the most important Jewish communities in the world, numbering almost 200,000 at the peak, and including many prominent scientists and thinkers. We start with a walking tour in the mediaeval old town, before visiting the Jewish Museum at Palais Eskeles in Dorotheergasse, the subterranean remains of a medieval synagogue and the Holocaust Memorial at Judenplatz. The afternoon we will visit the Central Cemetery, one of the largest in the world and resting place of Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms. It is also home to two Jewish sections, where a number of Rothschilds other notables are buried.
  • Day 3 - Freud Museum

    This morning we will begin with a second walking tour, which follows in the footsteps of Sigmund Freud’s life in Vienna. We start at the famous Café Landtmann, a meeting point for many of the great thinkers, artists and politicians of Belle Epoque Vienna, and a favourite of not only Freud, but also Gustav Mahler, Peter Altenberg, Felix Salten, and Emmerich Kálmán. We finish at the Freud Museum, housed in the building where he worked for 47 years. After lunch there will be a visit to the Viktor Frankl Museum, devoted to the psychiatrist who founded logotherapy, the third school of Viennese psychotherapy.
  • Day 4 - Josephinum Medical Museum

    The Narrenturm (Fool’s Tower) is Europe’s oldest building for the accommodation of psychiatric patients. Built in 1784, it is next to the site of the old Vienna General Hospital, and is now home to a fascinating exhibition of pathology and anatomy, reopened in 2020. After the visit here we will continue to the Josephinum Medical Museum, part of the Medical University of Vienna. As well as exhibits on the development of medical teaching, ophthalmology, hygiene, brain function, surgery and pathology, the Josephinum has the second largest collection of wax anatomical models in the world. Still protected in their original rosewood and venetian glass displays from the late 1700s, the 1,192 models of dismembered body parts and whole figures were created in wax-artists workshop in Florence, before being painstakingly transported over the alps by pack mule.
  • Day 5 - Return to Uk

    After breakfast we will depart for the return transfer to Vienna airport.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:
Depart Heathrow 10:10, arrive Vienna 13:25
Depart Vienna 14:05, arrive Heathrow 15:35

Departure Dates and Prices

25 Nov 2024

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Price from£2486

Single Supp.£296

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