To me, Vienna is also the town of famous men. Ever heard of Sigmund, Wolfgang, Joseph or Johann? Does it help if I tell you their last names: Freud, Mozart, Haydn and Strauss? As a psychology lover, and also a part-time psychology student, Sigmund Freud Museum is, of course, a must-see. I mentioned earlier in a blog post that I absolutely love music, there is no travelling to Vienna without somehow acknowledging the existence of Mozart, Haydn and the Strauss family.
I visited the Sigmund Freud Museum on my first trip to Vienna in spring 2013. Sigmund Freud lived and worked here on Berggasse 19 from 1891 until he fled to London in 1938 and died there the following year. Although Freud is such a controversial character in the field of psychology, he is still also one of the big names. He challenged the whole field and while his practices may not be commonly used anymore, he created something new and I think that’s always a good thing when it comes to science!
But Vienna is not just brains, psychoanalysis and interpretations of dreams, it’s also music, waltzes, dancing, glamorous balls, violins and great composers. Although Mozart was born in Salzburg, he lived in Vienna and composed some of his most famous works in the capital, like The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute and Requiem. The Symphony No. 40, one of my absolute favorites, was also written during the Vienna years, link below.
Strauss the Younger is, of course, the Waltz King, the composer of The Blue Danube, Wiener Bonbons and Die Fledermaus (The Bat). His father is known for the Radetzky March. Strauss the Younger performed in the Kursalon that is situated in the Stadtpark in Vienna. They still organize concerts there and I went to one when I was in Vienna for the first time. This summer we went to the famous Golden Hall in the Musikverein for a night of amazing music and acoustics!
Joseph Haydn earned the nicknames “Father of the Symphony” and “Father of the String Quartet” by composing just those. I visited his former home, the Haydn House in Vienna on my solo trip to Vienna in 2013.