Psychology Students Tour Vienna
On Friday the 31 of March, Sixth Form psychology students departed England and flew to Vienna, where they met their knowledgeable tour guide, Cara Flanagan. The students spent four days and three nights in Vienna, visiting museums, memorials and taking a trip on the Prater Wheel.
The majority of the trip was spent walking, which allowed them to view the beautiful scenery and architecture and by the end of the trip they had immersed themselves fully in the culture.
On the first afternoon they set off to the Freud Museum where they walked around his old apartment, reading some of his creative work and watching videos produced by his daughter. The second day, Saturday, in comparison to the first day, was much busier. In the morning they set off to the Belvedere Museum, a prestigious art gallery which contains the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt’s paintings. After lunch, they travelled by tram and walked to ‘The Fools Tower’, a pathology museum that was once a psychiatric hospital, now holding some of the biggest scientific abnormalities, such as organs kept in jars, deformed skeletons and deceased babies.
The following day involved a visit to the Mauthausen Memorial of a Concentration Camp, where the students walked around a small gallery, then visited the gas chambers. This was an eye opening experience that was deeply saddening, giving insightful knowledge into conformity first hand and the power of social influence. The fourth day was the last, and was enjoyed by seeing two different Jewish Museums. One of which, Museum Judenplatz, had the exact architecture that belonged to to one of the oldest Synagogue before being demolished. After visiting the museums, the warm afternoon was enjoyed in the city again, before packing up to leave for the airport.
Written by Rebecca Clark Year 13 psychology student
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