World famous psychologist Sigmund Freud is one of Vienna’s most important figures. And 75 years after his death, this man is still greatly honored in the Austrian capital while his ideas and theories are still being used in schools today. Well known terms associated with him such as ego and Freudian slip are still used by many people worldwide as part of their daily language.
Visiting the more popular tourist attractions is what many tourists like to do. But a holiday can be made more exciting if you visit unusual and strange places. Austria may be known for its grandious museums but it is also home to a number of strange museums worth taking a look. Four of them can be found in Vienna.
Vienna has its own strange museum known as Narrenturm which translates to lunatics tower. Designed in 1783, the building was constructed to keep people with mental illness locked up in a central facility.
When it comes to reputation, Vienna and its people are tops edging out other international cities. And this is not just from personal opinions but confirmed in a recent study.
Based on a new comparative study by City Rep Trak, the Austrian capital has the best reputation in the world beyond famous cities such as New York, Munich and Sydney. The research done by the global Reputation Institute ranks 100 of the world’s most reputable cities according to several factors. These factors include trust, esteem, admiration and respect.
Prisoners in Austria are a great inspiration because of the things they do while in jail. Unkown to many, many of those behind bars have talents and they are doing creative projects which people outside can actually benefit from.
They make handmade metal figurines board games, dog baskets, clocks, handmade bags made from recycled jeans and Christmas decorations, among others. And these items are sold via the Austrian Justice Ministry’s new online shop.
Austria is pioneering the themed toilet not in its hotels or restaurants, though, but in its trains. Yes, the national railway line OeBB is now doing a campaign to launch themed toilets that will looks and smell like you’re in outer space.
In Vienna, the freedom of visual arts is very evident. This is because different types of art can be found everywhere not just in the four-walled buildings. While most are confined indoors in museums and galleries, there are also others displayed in strategic places for the public to enjoy.
Vienna has so much to be proud of when it comes to its history and culture. When it comes to physical structures, it boasts of numerous historical buildings that have been preserved to their former glory. In terms of its way of life, the city’s coffee house culture is well known worldwide and in fact, was included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List back in 2011.
If you’re looking for beautiful and well trained horses in Vienna, the Spanish Riding School is the best place to visit. The school not only offers horse riding training but also provide horse performances for guests on a daily basis. And take note, one of their avid fans is Queen Elizabeth.
But did you know these famous white Lipizzaner stallions also provide good service to Vienna’s parks? Other than their regular routine at the Spanish Riding School, these horses help maintain the lawns at the Austrian capital’s parks.
The Viennese are loving the bees and they’re into beekeeping these days. Proof of this are the increasing bee populations on roofs of important buildings of the Austrian capital such as the State Opera House, the Burgtheater, the Museum of Natural History and even at the Vienna General Hospital.
Local residents and visitors in Vienna have a chance to get to know Russian art on a deeper level until September. This is because an exhibition is now going on at the Belvedere Palace featuring art works of Russia.