A true explorer of legendary cafés could never omit Café Landtmann. Distinct from the vintage 1856 doors of Café Central, frequently opened by Trotsky prior to the First World War for a coffee and perhaps a game of chess, the Café Landtmann is less frequented by tourists and still possesses the elegant ambience of a bygone age. Gustav Mahler, Marlene Dietrich and Romy Schneider went here, but the café's claim to fame is as the haunt of Sigmund Freud. Here he sat in the far corner, taking in both the room and the Ring beyond the window, not to mention the customers. He often came here after sessions of the psychoanalysts' council, and anyone who wants to can follow in his footsteps to his former residence at Berggasse 19. It's now a museum that was opened by his daughter Anna in 1921. It's possible that pushing the authentic bell, if the street is empty (unlikely, the Freud Museum being on the must-see list), you might feel like a patient of Freud's for a fraction of a second. The actual door was different in Freud's time. When the Nazis allowed Freud to depart, ill with cancer, he took most of the books and furniture with him. What you see there today is therefore not the original, his collection of Egyptian artifacts also missing. The famous couch is also a replica.
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