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Treasures of Imperial Cities: Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, Prague

Program Number: 12259RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/18/2013 - 10/4/2013; 9/18/2014 - 10/4/2014; 10/1/2014 - 10/17/2014; 5/5/2015 - 5/22/2015; 5/19/2015 - 6/5/2015; 6/9/2015 - 6/26/2015; 9/16/2015 - 10/3/2015; 10/6/2015 - 10/23/2015;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: Czech Republic/Poland/Hungary/Austria
Price starting at: $3,844.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Arts, Misc.
Meals: 41; 15 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 13 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

From the elegance of a Chopin waltz in Krakow to the grandeur of the Habsburg’s summer palace in Vienna, embark on an exquisite journey to learn about Central Europe’s most artistically rich cities and the great thinkers and creative geniuses who called them home. Private concerts, viewings of world-class art collections and in-depth discussion of some of Europe’s leading intellectuals create a detailed portrait of these royal capital cities.




Highlights

• Enjoy a private concert at the Strahov Monastery and visit the monastery gallery, one of the best fine arts collections in the Czech Republic.
• Admire the illuminated city of Budapest on an evening river cruise along the Danube, passing such important sights as Parliament, Chain Bridge and Castle Hill.
• Explore Schonbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence and one of the most important cultural monuments in Austria.



Activity Particulars

Terrain includes cobblestones, city streets, uneven ground, and short uphill walks.




Date Specific Information

9-18-2013, 5-19-2015, 6-9-2015, 9-16-2015, 10-6-2015

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9-18-2014, 10-1-2014

Arrival Krakow (Poland), 4 nights; coach to Budapest (Hungary), 4 nights; coach to Vienna (Austria), 3 nights; coach to Prague (Czech Republic), 4 nights; departures. Please see the detailed itinerary for specifics.
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5-5-2015

All 2015 12259 programs are now small group
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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Krakow (Poland), 5 nights; coach to Budapest (Hungary), 4 nights; coach to Vienna (Austria), 3 nights; coach to Prague (Czech Republic), 4 nights; departures.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Krakow (Poland)
5 nights

Discover the impressive art collections of Krakow, where a maze of cobblestone alleyways contains the largest concentration of historical monuments and cultural treasures in Poland. Visit the Sukiennice Museum, housed in the famous Cloth Hall, and the Gallery of Polish Art of the 20th Century. At Collegium Maius, one of Europe’s first universities, see the room dedicated to Nicolaus Copernicus who graduated from the school in the 1490s. Enjoy an evening concert of music by Frederic Chopin, Poland’s most famous composer.



Coach to Budapest (Hungary)
4 nights

Learn about Hungary’s colorful history during a guided field trip to one of Budapest’s oldest and most important sites, the Castle District. Admire the magnificent rooftop of the National Bank of Hungary and the House of Hungarian Art Nouveau, both of which serve witness to the Hungarian Art Nouveau movement. A stroll along Andrássy Avenue enlightens you on the Golden Age of Budapest. Visit the former apartment of composer Ferenc Liszt, Heroe’s Square and the City Park. End your time in Budapest with a moon-lit dinner cruise on the Danube.



Coach to Vienna (Austria)
3 nights

A lecture introduces Vienna and the major cultural institutions created by the Hapsburg dynasty. Visit one of these great museums, the Kunsthistorisches Museum and see first-hand how the Habsburgs brought together the most precious and important paintings of the celebrated Old Masters. Get a taste for fashionable Vienna with a lunch at Café Central, former meeting point for Europe’s intellectuals and artist. A flutist and accompanying musicians take you through the Vienna Classic period in a presentation on Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.



Coach to Prague (Czech Republic)
4 nights
Departures

Explore centuries of Prague architecture on foot across the 600-year-old Charles Bridge, and along twisty streets past the stone houses of Prague’s Old Town to the banks of the Vltava River for an evening boat excursion. A field trip to the Museum of Czech Music is highlighted by a lecture on the great composers: Antonin Dvorak, Gustav Mahler, Bedrich Smetana and more.




Accommodations
Krakow: Four-star hotel overlooking Old Town. Budapest: Comfortable family style hotel. Vienna: Four-star hotel near the Danube River. Prague: Three-star hotel in quiet part of town a short walk or tram ride from city center and historic sites.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Garden Inn
  Krakow, Poland 4 nights
   Mercure Budapest Duna Hotel
  Budapest, Hungary 4 nights
   Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
  Vienna, Austria 3 nights
   Hotel Petr
  Prague, Czech Republic 4 nights
 Hilton Garden Inn
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in the center of Kraków with spectacular views of Wawel Castle over the Vistula River, the Hilton Garden Inn is only a few minutes' walk from the Old Town, the Market Square and the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz. Many museums and art galleries are also within walking distance.
  Contact info: Marii Konopnickiej 33
Krakow,  30-302 Poland
phone: +48 12 3999 000
web: www.hgi.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, safe, mini fridge, iron, free Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a bar, fitness area, air conditioning, laundry services and facilities, Pavilion Pantry Market, safe and free Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Mercure Budapest Duna Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located on the banks of the Danube River in the center of Budapest, the Mercure Budapest Duna Hotel is situated amidst many of the city's significant cultural landmarks. The Palace of Arts, National Theater and the Ludwig Museum are all nearby, and the hotel also offers superb views of Gellert Hill and Buda Castle. Enjoy the modern comforts and ideal location of this Budapest hotel.
  Contact info: Soroksari ut 12.
Budapest,  1095 Hungary
phone: +36 1 4558300
web: www.mercure.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, radio, air conditioning, mini bar, safe, coffee & tea-making facilities, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a breakfast room, bar, lounge, laundry services, currency exchange, air conditioning and free wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle features a modern, stylish building that is ideally located between the city center and the United Nations buildings. Close to the banks of the Danube, the hotel is within walking distance of the Danube Island, and is a 5-minute subway ride from the Old Town.
  Contact info: Engerthstraße 173-175
Vienna,  A 1020 Austria
phone: +43 1 213 15 0
web: www.austria-trend.at/hotel-lassalle/en/
  Room amenities: Each room has cable television, a mini bar, safe box, free wireless Internet, trouser-press and hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a café with access to the garden, restaurant, lounge, laundry services, fax machine, Internet access with printer on the 1st floor, free wireless Internet in the rooms and pay phones.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Petr
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Hotel Petr is located in a quiet part of Prague only 15 minutes walking distance or two tram stops from the city center and famous historical sites such as the Charles Bridge and the National Theater. The hotel was built in 1910 and was beautifully restored in 1995. It was newly furnished in 2009, welcoming you for a peaceful night's rest.
  Contact info: Drtinova 17
Prague 5,  150 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 257314068
web: www.hotelpetr.cz
  Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, safe box, satellite television, laundry services, coffee & tea making facilities, refrigerator, free WIFI Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers 24-hour reception, bar, safe box, free WIFI Internet access, a free computer with Internet in the bar, laundry services (for a fee) and a fax machine (for a fee). Tickets to best cultural events bookable at the front desk via on-line terminal.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after:  Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Krakow, Poland. Approximately 5:00 PM at the hotel. You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Prague, Czech Republic. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Hotel Petr the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: By train from all major cities in Austria and abroad.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Krakow
  Nearest city or town:  Katowice
  Nearest highway: A4 (Cracow-Katowice)
  Nearest airport:  Cracow/Balice
  Transportation to site: Take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. It costs approx. 90 Polish zloty, and takes about 30-40 minutes.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Prague
  Nearest city or town:  In town
  Nearest highway: D1
  Nearest airport:  Prague/Ruzyn
  Transportation from site: Take shuttle bus from the hotel to the airport, arranged by the hotel. Cost is approx. 600-650 CZK.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: In Transit
(Wednesday, September 18)
   
 In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight.

Day 2: Welcome to Krakow / Orientation
(Thursday, September 19)
   
 Morning: Arrival in Krakow's John Paul II Balice International airport (KRK). Meet group outside of customs and transfer to hotel.
 Afternoon: 5:00 PM Welcome to Krakow, a cradle of Polish culture, a truly romantic city with a labyrinth of charming restaurants, coffee-shops, and museums. Orientation through the Old Market Square often called "Krakow's saloon." Its surroundings have remained unchanged for almost 700 years.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: World Art Masterpieces
(Friday, September 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: A field trip to Wawel Castle and Cathedral, the political and cultural center of Poland until the early 17th century. Admire medieval treasures as well as an unparalleled collection of the once great European art of weaving. Experience magnificent painting-like pictures, some designed by Michael van Coxcie, “the Flemish Raphael."
 Lunch: Light lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Visual arts have always been Krakow's forte. Over the centuries the city has bred outstanding painters and sculptors, and has also lured them in to settle within its walls. The world's greatest Gothic sculptor, Veit Stoss, lived and worked in Krakow for nearly 20 years, during which he was devoted to creating the magnificent 42-foot high altarpiece in the Basilica of the Virgin Mary, our first stop this afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: The Renaissance Sukiennice - Cloth Hall
(Saturday, September 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Explore the Collegium Maius, one of Europe's first universities where astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus is counted among its alumni. See the room Copernicus stayed in while attending school, with facsimiles of the Italian doctorate he earned. This museum is a sort of cultural repository; famous Poles donate their awards to be displayed here. Next, enjoy an excursion to the Renaissance Sukiennice, also known as the Cloth Hall, one of the city's most recognizable icons. It is the central feature of the Main Market Square. Explore the Gallery of 19th-Century Polish Art in the Sukiennice, a division of the National Museum. The gallery consists of four rooms: The Bacciarelli Room (Enlightenment), The Michalowski Room (Romanticism, Towards National Art), The Siemiradzki Room (Around the Academy), and The Chelmonski Room (Realism, Polish Impressionism, Beginnings of Symbolism).
 Lunch: Light lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore the area on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Icons of Polish Modernism and Avant Garde
(Sunday, September 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: A key time period that is fundamental to understanding the Polish mentality is the years of WWII. The tragedy of the Holocaust appears in Polish art to this day; an ever-present point of reference and eternal memento. Visit the Gallery of Polish Art of the 20th-Century, an exhibition that is provocative and challenging at times, and very traditional at others. The core of the exhibition is made up of works by Wyspianski, Malczewski, Pankiewicz, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz and Kantor.
 Lunch: Light lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we will get acquainted with Josef Mehoffer, an artist during the Art Nouveau (Secession) Period and one of the leading Modernist artists in Poland. Explore the Mehoffer House Museum, the former artist's home, where everyday memorabilia, paintings, prints, designs of stained glass windows, textiles and furniture are on display.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: An evening concert: “Frederic Chopin, a Poet of the Piano.” Chopin is the very symbol of Polish music. In the art of sound, the beauty of his music is an exceptional phenomenon - something bordering on the miraculous. The style, rich in lyricism, moods, emotions and their nuances, earned F. Chopin admiration all over the world.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Welcome to Budapest
(Monday, September 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: We travel by coach from Krakow to Budapest.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch en route.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Budapest. Transfer to hotel for check-in and get settled. Meet at 5:00 PM in the hotel dining room for dinner and orientation.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Orientation walk around the area.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Budapest Duna Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: History and Present Day Life of Hungary
(Tuesday, September 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: One of our celebrated lecturers presents a talk: "History and Present Day Life of Hungary."
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: An afternoon excursion through the city to enjoy such sights as; Andrássy Street, Heroe’s Square, City Park, the Zoo, Széchenyi Spa, Opera House, House of Parliament, and St. Stephan's Basilica. Finally, we will reach the Castle District via the Chain Bridge.
 Dinner: Dinner cruise on the Danube.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Budapest Duna Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Baroque Budapest
(Wednesday, September 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: A guided field trip to The Royal Palace of Gödöllö, one of the largest Baroque palaces in Hungary. It is unparalleled for its colorful historical past, and renowned for its style-setting architectural value. Empress Sissy, the wife of Franz Joseph, spent a lot of time here. We will also visit the recently reconstructed Baroque theater, which is the oldest operating stone theater in the country.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore the area on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: If you wish, you will have the opportunity to attend an evening performance of opera, ballet or symphony.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Budapest Duna Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: The Danube Bend
(Thursday, September 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: An all day excursion to the Danube Bend by coach. Esztergom was the capital of the Medieval Hungarian State for centuries. Esztergom has also been the center of the Roman Catholic Church in Hungary and today it is the residence of the Archbishop of Hungary. We will visit the largest Roman Catholic Church in the country. Visegrád, a former royal seat, is a small village today with about 2000 inhabitants. Szentendre, a small, picturesque baroque-rococo town, is the center of the Danube Bend. It is the Episcopal seat of the Eastern Church in Hungary. Szentendre is famous for its museums and art galleries.
 Lunch: Lunch in a hunting lodge with beautiful view over the Danube Bend.
 Afternoon: Continue the morning's field trip.
 Dinner: We will enjoy our final dinner in Budapest in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Budapest Duna Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Welcome to Vienna
(Friday, September 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: We travel by coach from Budapest to Vienna. Late morning arrival in Vienna, the capital of Austria. Check in at the hotel.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: We convene for a general orientation meeting, followed by a first acquaintance with the Inner City. Guided excursion by bus along the Vienna Ring Boulevard. It was back in the 19th century when Emperor Franz Joseph decreed the demolition of Vienna's medieval fortifications and ramparts to make room for the city's expansion. This 'Boulevard of Splendor' is lined with many of the most important political and cultural institutions such as Parliament and Town Hall, Royal Palace, the prestigious State Opera and Burgtheater, University and - of course - the Museum Quarter. We will then explore the winding streets and spacious squares of the old town around St. Stephen's Cathedral, the ancient core of Vienna - from the medieval lanes and alleys to the steel and glass Haas House in front of the Cathedral that dates back to the 13th century.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Attend an evening concert of the Mozart Ensemble in the Sala Terrena. Works by Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Beethoven. The "Sala Terrena" is the oldest concert hall in Vienna, where Mozart himself performed many concerts. It is decorated with beautiful frescos in the style of the late Venetian Renaissance. It is also the perfect setting for performances of Viennese classic chamber music of the 18th century.
   
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Cultural Vienna
(Saturday, September 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: A morning lecture gives us an introduction to Cultural Vienna and its historical background. This cosmopolitan center, which incorporates Eastern European, Oriental and Western modes of thinking, has been a melting pot for cultural identities throughout the centuries. The Habsburg dynasty created Vienna's major cultural institutions. One of them is the Kunsthistorisches Museum - Museum of Fine Art, which we will visit after the introductory lecture. The Museum houses one of the greatest art collections in the world revealing the royal taste of the Habsburg rulers. Over the centuries they brought together the most precious and important paintings of the celebrated Old Masters.
 Lunch: Get a taste of fashionable Vienna in the city’s most famous coffeehouse, the splendid Café Central, part of the Palais Ferstel, which once housed the Vienna Stock Exchange and the Austro-Hungarian central bank. The Café was a meeting point for Europe’s intellectuals and artists.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a guided field trip to Schönbrunn Palace, glamorous summer residence of the Habsburg family. Schönbrunn Palace together with its ancillary buildings and extensive park is by virtue of its long and colorful history one of the most important cultural monuments in Austria. Scheduled as a listed monument, the whole ensemble, including the palace, the park with its numerous architectural features, fountains and statues and not least the zoo - the oldest of its kind in the world - was placed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Great Musicians of the Vienna Classic
(Sunday, September 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Explore the very diverse lives of three of Vienna's most famous composers during this morning's lecture. While Mozart initially enjoyed great success as a freelance composer and then struggled, Franz Schubert led a rather introverted life, only known for his renowned "Lieder" to his contemporaries. Johann Strauß, however, was one of the first global superstars of music. All three composers were contributors to the most Viennese of musical forms - the Viennese waltz. Listen to a delightful selection of works by these composers. Later in the morning, you will have a guided bus excursion of the Jugendstil landmarks of Vienna. The turn of the 20th century was a period of intellectual ferment; it was the time of Freud, writer Arthur Schnitzler, of Secession and Jugendstil with such artists as Gustav Klimt and architects as Adolf Loos and Otto Wagner. They created revolutionary new styles. We will leave the city center and drive to the Vienna suburb Penzing, where Otto Wagner created a jewel of Vienna Jugendstil Art Nouveau; the astonishing Steinhof Church which occupies a fantastic site on the Baumgartner heights.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own. Enjoy lunch in one of the many Viennese cafés.
 Afternoon: A free afternoon to discover Vienna on your own.
 Dinner: We will enjoy our final dinner in Vienna at one of the traditional restaurants in the old town.
   
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13: Welcome to Prague
(Monday, September 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: We transfer from Vienna to Prague by coach. En route, we take an excursion to Trebon - a charming and perfectly preserved South Bohemian historical town with a rich history that goes back to the 12th century.
 Lunch: Light lunch in a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Prague. Check in at hotel and settle in. There will be a general information meeting.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Architecture of Prague
(Tuesday, October 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: A morning discussion and lecture on the architecture of Prague, featuring all important Prague styles: Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Classicism, Neo-styles, and particularly concentrating on architecture of the 20th century – Art Nouveau, Cubism, Functionalism.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we will explore Prague's breathtaking architectural treasures: Prague Castle, Lesser Town, and the Charles Bridge.
 Dinner: Boat excursion with dinner.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Music in the Czech Republic
(Wednesday, October 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Excursion to the Museum of Czech Music with a lecture focusing on such artists as Smetana, Dvorak, Martinu, Janacek, Mahler and others.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Field trip to the Old Town and Jewish Ghetto. Experience the very special atmosphere of Prague’s twisty narrow streets and alleys, first stone houses, churches, palaces and monasteries.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 16: Strahov Monastery
(Thursday, October 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Excursion to the Strahov Monastery, a place where the knowledge of the Czech nation has been concentrated since 1140. We enjoy a private concert and have the opportunity to walk through the monastery gallery – one of the best fine arts collections in the Czech Republic.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore the area on your own.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner with a folklore performance.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Departures
(Friday, October 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to the Prague Ruzyne International airport (PRG) for departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Budapest Holocaust Memorial Center
The Holocaust Museum Center is dedicated to showing the suffering, persecution and massacre of the Hungarian nationals - mainly Jews and the Roma - who experienced the Holocaust. The museum displays artifacts and documents, and recounts personal stories of Holocaust survivors. For additional information, visit www.hdke.hu
  Vienna Belvedere Palace
See Gustav Klimt's legendary painting, "The Kiss," as well as major works by Schiele und Kokoschka at this magnificent gallery. The building has a baroque palace complex and extensive gardens.
  Leopold Museum
The Leopold collection is one of the most important collections of modern Austrian art in the world. More than 5000 exhibits were collected by Rudolf and Elisabeth Leopold over five decades, which were consolidated in 1994 to become the Leopold Museum Private Foundation. This museum contains the largest Egon Schiele collection in the world, together with major works by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Gerstl and Albin Egger-Lienz, and holds masterpieces of the Viennese Secessionist Movement, the Viennese Modernist Movement and the Austrian Expressionist Movement. For additional information, visit www.leopoldmuseum.org
  Sigmund Freud Museum
For almost half a century, from 1891 to 1938, Dr. Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, lived and worked in his home before he was forced to emigrate following the Anschluss. This house, which was both his office and private apartment, is now a museum. Thanks to Dr. Freud's daughter Anna, the museum holds the original furniture from his waiting room, nearly eighty pieces of Freud's collection of antiques and some of his personal belongings. Also available for viewing in the museum's media room are the few existing original film and sound recordings of Sigmund Freud and his family. For additional information, visit www.freud-museum.at
  Spanish Riding School
Housed in the Imperial Palace, the Spanish Riding School is the only institution in the world which has practiced for 430 years and continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the haute école. The objective is to study the way the horse naturally moves and to cultivate the highest levels of haute école elegance the horse is capable of through systematic training. The result creates an unparalleled harmony between rider and horse, as only Vienna's Spanish Riding School achieves. Performances, morning exercises and guided tours are available. For additional information, visit www.srs.at/en/
  Krakow Schindler's Factory Museum
The Schindler's Factory Museum of Krakow is a new branch of the Historical Museum of Krakow, created in the administrative building of the former Oskar Schindler's Factory of Enameled Vessels. It presents the history of Krakow during the Nazi Occupation. For additional information, visit www.mhk.pl
  Stained Glass Museum
The unique Polish Stained Glass Museum not only hosts a permanent exhibition, but also demonstrates the process of creating stained glass which has remained unchanged for centuries. The structure of the building was built specially for the needs of the Krakow Stained Glass Company S.G. Zelenski, and the house's interiors and workshop's equipment have retained their original character. For additional information, visit www.muzeumwitrazu.pl
  The Bishop Erazm Ciolek Palace
A branch of the National Museum, the Bishop Erazm Ciolek Palace shows a collection of old Polish art. The first floor houses the exhibition of the Art of Old Poland from the 12th-18th centuries, including art from medieval Poland, and Renaissance and Baroque art. On the ground floor there is the exhibition of Orthodox Art of the Old Polish Republic. For additional information, visit www.muzeum.krakow.pl
  Prague Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia
The Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia is a wonderful exhibition of medieval art in Bohemia and Central Europe, spanning from 1200 to 1550 AD. For additional information, visit www.ngprague.cz
  Mucha Museum
Situated in the 18th century Kaunitz Palace, the Mucha Museum displays the work of Alphonse Mucha, most widely known for the posters he made for Sarah Bernhardt in the fashionable world of fin-de-sičcle Paris. On display are over 100 paintings, photographs, charcoal drawings, pastels, lithographs and personal memorabilia celebrating the life and work of this Art Nouveau artist. For additional information, visit www.mucha.cz
  Sternberg Palace
The value of European art from the Classical Era to the close of Baroque is seen on permanent display, at the Sternberg Palace. For additional information, visit www.ngprague.cz
  Trade Fair Palace
The Trade Fair Palace holds magnificent art from the 20th and 21st centuries. An English audio-guide is available, and a glass panoramic elevator enhances your view of this art all the way to the 5th floor. For additional information, visit www.ngprague.cz
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Bury Me Standing


Author: Isabel Fonseca


Description: This marvelous portrait of the Roma, also known as the Gypsies, offers insight into their music, foods, religions and folk traditions, and also examines their influential but complex relationship with Eastern Europe.



Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages


Author: Alain Erlande-Brandenburg


Description: This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology.



Danube


Author: Claudio Magris


Description: Mixing history, personalities and literature, Magris traces the course of the Danube from its source in the heart of the Austro-Hungarian empire through the Balkans to the Black Sea in this anything but conventional travelogue, first published in 1986.



Dvorak and His World


Author: Michael Beckerman


Description: A fascinating view of the Czech composer's personal life and his influence on the world around him.



Eyewitness Guide Prague


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: This superb guide features color photography, dozens of excellent maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the celebrated city's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.



Kingdom of Auschwitz


Author: Otto Friedrich


Description: Otto Friedrich's slim book is an intensely personal account of the infamous Auschwitz death camp. He covers the entire history of Auschwitz in short chapters punctuated with eyewitness accounts and testimonies.



Lonely Planet Central Europe


Author: Lonely Planet


Description: With dozens of maps, color photographs and sections on history and culture, this practical guide introduces Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and their neighbors.



Mozart


Author: Peter Gay


Description: This concise, entertaining portrait delves into Mozart's complex relationship with his father, his daunting role as a child prodigy and his exploration of new musical territory.



On the East-West Slope: Globalization, Nationalism, Racism and Discourses on Eastern Europe


Author: Attila Melegh


Description: An analysis of the symbolism of East and West in Europe since the end of the cold war.



Poland


Author: James Michener


Description: In his epic style, Michener presents the sweep of Polish history from the earliest days to 1983 in this massively researched novel. An excellent choice for the airplane.



Prague in Black and Gold, Scenes from Life in a European City


Author: Peter Demetz


Description: Both a history and accessible guide to the neighborhoods and architecture of the city.



Prague, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: Paul Wilson (Editor)


Description: This anthology of 24 vivid stories by Czech writers, contemporary and well-known, brings the city, history history, spirit and people to life and includes a helpful map for the traveler.



The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire


Author: Andrew Wheatcroft


Description: The Habsburgs ruled over more diverse peoples and cultures than any other European dynasty since the Roman period. With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs.



The Joke


Author: Milan Kundera


Description: The tale of a Communist student, who is imprisoned and stigmatized for a mere joke.



The Magic Lantern, The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague


Author: Timothy Garton Ash


Description: With a chapter each on Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague, this eyewitness account by an astute journalist and historian shows these vibrant cities during a time of great change.



The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe


Author: Dennis Hupchick, Harold Cox


Description: The changing borders and complex history of Eastern Europe as told through 52 maps and accompanying essays, organized chronologically. An excellent reference, the book shows the rise of Poland, changing borders of the Ottoman Empire, Hapsburgs and fate of Yugoslavia in admirable clarity.



The Unbearable Lightness of Being


Author: Milan Kundera


Description: Kundera's intriguing novel, praised for its meditations on the nature of men and women, and on the fearful emptiness of life in Prague under Communist rule. We also carry Kundera’s collection of short stories The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.





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