Psychology Trips to Vienna

The famous psychologist Carl Rogers once said of Vienna “This is where all the trouble started!”  The city was the birthplace of psychoanalysis and the home of Sigmund Freud making it the perfect place to learn about the emergence of the subject and the environment that shaped it.

In addition to this rich academic tradition, the city was linked closely with the National Socialist movement where cheering crowds greeted Hitler in 1938 before the Jewish community there was destroyed under the Final Solution.  Understanding anti-semitic feelings prior to the war offers an insight into the nature of prejudice and how it develops.

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Jewish Museum and Judenplatz Exhibition

The museum seeks to raise awareness of Jewish history, religion, and culture. Vienna was home to a thriving Jewish community, one of the largest and most important in Europe.

Austrian Resistance Archive

This permanent exhibition in the Old Town Hall was set up to educate the country’s youth about the consequences of Austria’s loss of self-identity and freedom after Nazi annexation in March 1938.

Mauthausen Concentration Camp

The Mauthausen Memorial provides information posts with historical photographs and explanatory texts giving a background to those areas of the Memorial in which the original buildings no longer exist. The explanations are supplemented by quotes from eye-witness reports and statements by former Mauthausen inmates.

Sigmund Freud Museum

Opened in 1971 on the initiative of Freud’s daughter, Anna, the museum is located in the apartment where Sigmund lived and worked from 1898 to 1938, when he was forced into exile by the Nazis.

The Naturhistorisches Museum

The Evolution of Man 
Visitors to the Museum have the opportunity not only to see the evolution of man as a historical, biological process, but also to perceive cultural development as a significant component of humanisation. A modular approach to the knowledge content was chosen for the exhibition, enabling both a playful, interactive access and the option of an in-depth look at more complex issues.

Sightseeing Tour of Vienna

A great introduction to the city this tour will give you an overall impression of the most significant sights of Vienna including the MAK, the State Opera House, the Museum Quarter, the former Habsburg winter residence, the Hofburg, the Parliament, the City Hall and the Burgtheater.

Danube River Cruise

Vienna is known around the world as the city on the Danube. Boat cruises go round the 21km-long Danube Island, which was originally created as a flood defence passing the modern skyline of the city as well as “green Vienna”. Hop on hop off tickets are available.

Prater Amusement Park

The Prater is actually a park but the so called "Wurstelprater" is the oldest amusement park in the world. The Prater is home to the Ferris Wheel built in 1897 which is one of the city’s most famous landmarks as well as its latest addition the Praterturm which is the worlds highest flying swing built in 2010. You will also find bowling alleys, cinemas, cafés in this area of the city.

Christmas Markets

December is a great time to visit Vienna which has a wonderful atmosphere at this time of year.  The lovingly designed and decorated market stalls located along the many narrow alleyways offer beautiful Christmas gifts while the smells of seasonal treats fill the air.

Judenplatz Museum & Holocaust Memorial

The Judenplatz Museum provides visitors with an insight into Jewish life in medieval Vienna. Contained within the museum are the remains of a synagogue destroyed by fire in the 15th century, plus other exhibits relating to the Jewish religious and cultural life of the period. In the Judenplatz area stands the central memorial for the Austrian victims of the Holocaust designed by the British artist Rachel Whiteread.

Viktor Frankl Museum

The neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl, founder of the "Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy", resided at the museum’s location since his return to Vienna in 1945. It was there that he completed his thesis on the human person as a spiritual being, capable of defeating the worst conditions as soon as and as long as he finds meaning in life.  Today Frankl's workplace is an inspirational museum, in which visitors are gradually introduced to Viktor Frankl's life, his philosophy and psychotherapy.

Belvedere Palace

The Palace is one of the most exquisite Baroque structures in the world, consisting of two palaces (Upper and Lower Belvedere). The Upper Belvedere, shows Austrian and international art from the last two centuries: It contains prominent works of the French impressionists, and the most important pain?ngs of the Viennese Biedermeier era.

Spanish Riding School

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna is the oldest and last Riding School in the world where classic dressage is still practised in its purest form. The Lipizzaner is regarded as the oldest classic horse race in Europe.

Narrenturm (Fool's Tower)

Meaning “Fools’ Tower,” the Narrenturm is continental Europe's oldest mental hospital. Enjoy a fascinating guided tour covering the history of the institution whose construction pointed to a new attitude towards the mentally ill.  Now home to the Federal Pathologic-Anatomical Museum your tour consists of information about the building's time as a mental hospital and a walk through the fascinating pathological exhibits.

 

Stephansdom

St. Stephen's Cathedral is the number one attraction in the city. You can also climb up St. Stephen's Cathedral (South Tower, Türmer Stube), take the li? up to the Pummerin (North Tower), or go down into the catacombs.

Danube Tower

The Danube tower iss Austria's tallest building. Take the express elevator up to the observation platform - 150m above ground and enjoy the fantastic view over cosmopolitan Vienna.


Curriculum Topics - Key Stage 5

  • Issues of Social Control
  • Responses to Authority
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Tyranny
  • Psychopathology
  • Genius

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