on freud’s couch
Before making his way to London, the godfather of psychoanalysis – Sigmund Freud – resided in a beautiful Fin de Siècle town named Vienna. It was at Berggasse 19 that the oral, anal, phallic stages were born, soon to be accompanied by dream analyses, the superego and personality theories.
All this and more was conceived at what today is the Freud Museum. It is a charming place that can be entered after ringing a bell and climbing the same stairs Freud and countless patients took between 1891 and 1938. Strolling through Freud’s house feels a bit like taking a journey through the brilliant brain of a man who collected artifacts, smoked like a chimney and admitted that ‘The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want?’
Well, in the end this isn’t a hard question to answer after all. Because it is the same a man wants: to stroll with your partner, family, friends or your own thoughts through a city that is both a classic beauty and a dynamic hipster. A city that offers the world’s best Opera House, a quarter filled with museums, centuries old universities, modern art galleries, pop-up bars, restaurants and stores, a river that has been serenaded in many songs, bicycle lanes, excellent public transport and the Rococo sister of baroque Versailles: Schönbrunn Palace. The answer, Mr. Freud, is Vienna.
To get to know Austria’s political, economical and cultural centre you’ll need a day or 5 and a place to sleep. A 43mr, one bedroom place with 4,5 meter high ceilings for example, on the ground floor of a restored historical building. A place with a 25m2 Japanese garden, a 20m2 private terrace and a minimalist Scandinavian-Japanese design. A place around the corner from Freud’s old practice. One minute walk from tram D, 8 minutes from the U2 Schottentor and U4 Roßauer Lände subway stations, 120 seconds from the Danube and within walking distance of Vienna’s historical centre, the Opera House, Museum Quarter, restaurants and Sachertorte.
‘The Historic Sweet Garden Terraced Loft’ is just that place. With its friendly and very hospitable owners, Quan and Hill, its tasteful decoration and its cleanliness it is a real beauty. Beauty, as Freud stated, that ‘has no obvious use, nor any clear cultural necessity but is something civilization could not do without.’
The Historic Sweet Garden Terraced Loft
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