Café Landtmann — Lunching with the Ghost of Dr Freud

Café Landtmann

Café Landtmann

Q: What did Hitler, Trotsky, Tito, Stalin, Emperor Franz Joseph, and Sigmund Freud have in common?

A: In 1913, they all lived within a few miles of each other in Vienna.

It’s not all that surprising when you think about it. Vienna was the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, one of the European great powers, with 50 million inhabitants in its 15 constituent nations. In the years leading up to the first World War, the city was at the red-hot center of the intellectual world, and second only to Paris on the cutting edge of the arts. And where did all this intellectual heating and artistic cutting take place? In the city’s cafés and coffeehouses.

I had lunch at Café Landtmann, which was Freud’s favourite.

Café Landtmann Interior. Image found on the Web.

Café Landtmann Interior. Image found on the Web.

Mixed Sausages

Mixed Sausages

I went with Viennese classics, starting with an assortment of four kinds of sausages, which are barely visible at the top of this picture. They came with three dipping sauces and brown bread.

Viennese Chicken

Viennese Chicken

And for the main, Viennese Chicken. It reminded me of breaded veal—same look, same texture. Austrian/German cooking is not noted for its range or variety.

This was very good, though. Loved the crunch.

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