Road Scholar : Home
Great Composers of Europe

Program Number: 18425RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/16/2013 - 5/30/2013; 4/24/2015 - 5/8/2015; 5/15/2015 - 5/29/2015; 10/9/2015 - 10/23/2015; 10/29/2015 - 11/12/2015;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Germany/Czech Republic/Austria
Price starting at: $3,691.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Appreciation
Meals: 33; 13 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Vienna, Munich and Prague can lay claim to some of the greatest composers of all time: Mozart, Haydn, Wagner, Strauss, Dvorak and more. Walk in these geniuses’ footsteps, listen to their masterpieces, and experience the breathtaking beauty of the three European cities that inspired them. This journey takes you to magnificent theater houses, workspaces of today’s musicians and, most importantly, deep into the music itself.




Highlights

• Attend a concert of works by Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn in Vienna, one of the leading cities for classical music.
• Go backstage at the Estates Theatre in Prague, known as the jewel of neoclassical theater architecture.
• Explore the lovely Alpine city of Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace.



Activity Particulars

Walking and standing for up to 2.5 hours during field trips, mostly on downtown city streets with some cobblestones; use of public transportation.




Date Specific Information

5-16-2013, 4-24-2015, 5-15-2015, 10-9-2015, 10-29-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Vienna (Austria), 5 nights; coach to Munich (Germany), 4 nights; coach to Prague (Czech Republic), 4 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Vienna (Austria)
5 nights

Discover Austria’s splendid capital, a city of imperial palaces, elegant coffeehouses and, of course, music. Walk where Mozart once strode on an expert-led excursion through the Inner City around St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Figaro House. Meet members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and State Opera. Journey to the city of Eisenstadt to delve into the life of Joseph Haydn. Dine in a heuriger, a traditional, cozy Viennese wine inn.



Coach to Munich (Germany)
4 nights

In the cosmopolitan capital of Bavaria, visit the Frauenkirche cathedral, Marienplatz central square and the buzzing Viktualienmarkt. Learn about the Wittelsbach dynasty’s ambitious 16th-century cultural policy. Explore the lives of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Enjoy a field trip to the magnificent Residence palace and savor the tastes of Bavaria at local restaurants.



Coach to Prague (Czech Republic)
4 nights
Departure

Get to know the city called the “conservatory of Europe” and enter the world of its great composers: Antonin Dvorak, Gustav Mahler, Bedrich Smetana and more. Enjoy an expert-led visit to the National Museum of Czech Music. Meet the choir Collegium 419 and attend their performance at one of the small gothic churches in the Old Town. Enjoy a classical music concert in the beautiful St. Nicolas Church at Prague's Lesser Town square.




Accommodations
Vienna: Four-star hotel. Munich: Centrally located hotel. Prague: Comfortable hotel in historic district.
Meals and Lodgings
   Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
  Vienna, Austria 5 nights
   Carat Hotel Munich
  Munich, Germany 4 nights
   Hotel Petr
  Prague, Czech Republic 4 nights
 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, air conditioning, laundry facilities, 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
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Carat Hotel Munich
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Carat Hotel Munich is located in the city center, close to Marienplatz and the main railway station. The pedestrian zone and many places of interest can all be accessed easily on foot. The Sendlinger Tor underground station is only 200 meters from the hotel, with connections to the following locations; Main railway station: 2 minutes, Marienplatz: 2 minutes, Olympic center: 13 minutes, New Exhibition Center/ICM: 18 minutes, airport: 45 minutes.
  Contact info: Lindwurmstrasse 13
Munich,  D-80337 Germany
phone: +49 89 230 380
web: www.carat-hotel-muenchen.de
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, wireless LAN (for a fee) and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, 24-hour front desk, newspapers, terrace, safety deposit box, room service, laundry and dry cleaning services, wireless Internet hotspot in public areas (free of charge) and Internet access with printing facility in the lobby.
  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, hair dryer, safe box, satellite television, coffee & tea making facilities, refrigerator, and free WIFI Internet access.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers 24-hour reception, bar, safe box, air conditioning, 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:
Vienna, Austria. 4:00 PM in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle that night.
  End of Program:
Prague, Czech Republic. After breakfast on the last day of the program. 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: Train from all major cities in Austria, and abroad.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Vienna
  Nearest highway: Südautobahn (A2) motorway, Ostautobahn (A4) motorway, Donauuferautobahn (A22) motorway
  Nearest airport:  Schwechat Vienna Airport
  Transportation to site: Take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. Costs approx. 38 Euro and takes approx. 30 minutes. Or, take the CAT City Airport Train or the S-Bahn to "Wien Mitte." Tickets are 10 Euro. From Wien Mitte take the subway U4 direction Heiligenstadt, and at Schwedenplatz, change to U1 direction Leopoldau to stop Vorgartenstrasse. Walk 3 blocks to the hotel. Takes 45 minutes to an hour.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Prague
  Nearest highway: D5
  Nearest airport:  Prague/Ruzyne
  Transportation from site: You may arrange a shuttle from the hotel to the airport, (approx. 600-650 CZK, 9 miles).
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
(Thursday, May 16)
   
 In Transit: Depart from the US/Canada on international flight.

Day 2: Welcome to Vienna
(Friday, May 17)
   
 Morning: Arrival in Vienna's Schwechat International airport (VIE) and transfer to the hotel.
 Afternoon: Introduction to the program and to the participants. Our first acquaintance with the Austrian capital will be a guided excursion by coach along the Vienna Ring Boulevard. In the 19th century 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, the Royal Palace, the prestigious State Opera and Burgtheater, the University and museums.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Introduction to Cultural Vienna
(Saturday, May 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: A morning lecture gives you an Introduction to the History of Cultural Vienna. Vienna is the former capital of the powerful Hapsburg Empire that reached far into the Pannonian plain in the East and into the Balkan countries in the South. For centuries Vienna was the cultural center of Central Europe, home to many famous composers and works of art. Next we take a guided excursion through the city center following in Mozart's footsteps, passing St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Figaro House, Mozart's residence in Vienna.
 Lunch: Get a taste of 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: Field trip to the Central Cemetery, resting place of such famous composers as Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms and Strauss. In addition to the Catholic section there is a Jewish cemetery. Although the cemetery was destroyed by the Nazis during the Kristallnacht, around 60,000 graves still remain intact. Prominent burials here include those of the Rotschild family and that of the author Arthur Schnitzler. We also admire the cemetery church built by Max Hegele, protegé of Jugendstil architect Otto Wagner.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Attend a private concert with works by Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn, performed by a string ensemble. The ensemble is comprised of musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic or State Opera orchestra.
   
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Vienna Classic
(Sunday, May 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Attend mass at the Baroque Jesuit Church right in the old heart of Vienna. Music is played in many of Vienna's churches on Sundays. The best performances of the classic Viennese masses - Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Bruckner - are given here, where seldom a tourist is found, and the Viennese come half an hour early to get a seat in front where orchestra and choir sound best.
 Lunch: Lunch at a traditional Viennese restaurant.
 Afternoon: Return to the hotel for a late afternoon lecture: Mozart - Schubert - Strauss: Great Viennese Musicians. This lecture concert will explore the very diverse lives of three of Vienna's most famous composers. While Mozart initially enjoyed great success as a freelance composer, then struggled, Franz Schubert led a rather introverted life, only known for his renowned "Lieder" to his contemporaries. Johann Straub, however, was one of the first global superstars of music. The lecture will be completed by a delightful selection of works by these composers, all three being contributors to the most Viennese of musical forms, the Viennese waltz.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
 Evening: Free to attend an opera performance or a concert on your own. In Vienna, we highly recommend that you pre-book tickets (instructions included).
   
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Eisenstadt - Home to Joseph Haydn
(Monday, May 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: All day excursion to Eisenstadt, state capital of Burgenland, city of Haydn and his patron Esterhazy. After a guided visit of the town, with its Baroque houses along the Haydn Path and the Jewish Quarter, you will see Esterhazy Palace where Joseph Haydn was employed by Prince Esterhazy for 30 years before he went to London. Prince Esterhazy built a church (Bergkirche) for Haydn as well as a mausoleum where Haydn is buried.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Haydnbräu Restaurant.
 Afternoon: We will pay a visit also to the Haydn House, where Joseph Haydn lived from 1766 to 1778. The museum hosts a carefully compiled collection of paintings, sheet music, and personal items.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free to attend an opera performance or a concert on your own. In Vienna, we highly recommend that you pre-book tickets (instructions included).
   
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Vienna Music Institutions, "Behind the Scenes"
(Tuesday, May 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Guided visit of the Vienna State Opera or Vienna Musikverein with its famous Golden Concert Hall. This is where the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs most of its concerts, including the New Year's Concert. Then, talk with a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra or State Opera.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own in one of the nice Viennese coffee houses.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner: spend the farewell evening in a "Heurige," a typical wine inn in a village outside Vienna. Enjoy wine of the current vintage and a tasty buffet with local dishes as you listen to the music of the accordion.
   
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Transfer to Munich / Salzburg
(Wednesday, May 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: We transfer to Munich by bus. On the way we take time to visit the old town of Salzburg. The town, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997, represents one of the best examples of Baroque town planning anywhere in Europe. Nestled among stunning mountain landscapes, the town is homage to both Baroque architecture and to Mozart, its famous son. Church spires, palaces and concert halls, narrow cobbled streets, passages and spacious squares, small shops, historic restaurants and café’s such as famous Tomaselli and Fürst – together they create a very charming ensemble.
 Lunch: Lunch at a Salzburg restaurant.
 Afternoon: Take a guided excursion through the city center, home to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. We arrive at our hotel in Munich in the late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Carat Hotel Munich
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Munich - European Cultural Center
(Thursday, May 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Lecture on the history of Munich as a European Cultural and Music Center. In the 16th century the House of Wittelsbach started an ambitious cultural policy where they sent agents to engage famous artists, composers and musicians, especially those from Italy. Through the past five centuries Munich has remained very attractive to artists, as the stunning list of names visiting and working in the Bavarian capital is endless. The Wittelsbach legacy is alive and well in the city's fabulous museums, the Opera House, the Philharmonic, and much more. Following our lecture, we will experience our first acquaintance with the Bavarian capital - a guided excursion by coach along the famous landmarks outside the old town.
 Lunch: Lunch at a downtown restaurant.
 Afternoon: A guided excursion through Munich will familiarize you with the old center around the Marienplatz, the very heart of the city.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Attend a chamber concert in the Hofkapelle chapel at the Munich Residenz.
   
Accommodations: Carat Hotel Munich
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss
(Friday, May 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Lecture on Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss, two composers with close connections to Munich. Munich is the birthplace of Strauss, who later became artistic director at Berlin Court Opera and the Vienna State Opera, and it is also where Wagner met King Ludwig II, who became the most important patron to the composer. Four of Wagner’s operas had their first performance in the State Opera.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Excursion to the Residenz, a huge palace with several inner courtyards that houses the State Museum, the Treasury and the Cuvillies Theater. For centuries it was the political and cultural center of the dukes and kings of Bavaria. As the residence and seat of government of the Wittelsbachs, the history of this palace is inseparable from that of the Bavaria's ruling dynasty. The various rulers furnished and extended the rooms to suit their own personal tastes engaging important artists for this purpose. The Residence was also the place where the rulers kept their art collections and treasure. The Residenz's old theater is one of the finest Rococo theaters in the world.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
 Evening: Free to attend an opera performance or a concert on your own. In Munich, we highly recommend that you pre-book tickets (instructions included).
   
Accommodations: Carat Hotel Munich
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Musical Connections Between Three Countries
(Saturday, May 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Lecture on the Music Legacies of Central Europe. This music program focuses on the great composers of three countries. Since the masterpieces created by these composers are still a major part of the classical repertoire today, they are ever-present in their influence on our perception of any music. Any later composer could draw from this rich legacy, but maybe also have to free himself from its burden.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local Munich restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Carat Hotel Munich
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Transfer to Prague
(Sunday, May 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: On the way to Prague we will pay a visit to Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The collection of original Romanesque and Gothic architecture is unique to Regensburg, since its old town was mostly spared from destruction during World War II. Its old town is the only remaining large medieval city in all of Germany. The interrelation of public buildings, private residences, tradesmen's houses, and important churches, convents and monasteries creates an authentic image of the architectural concept of medieval city culture that was lost in other parts of Germany.
 Lunch: Lunch at a Regensburg restaurant.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Prague and settle in. General Information Meeting and Orientation.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Introduction to Czech Music
(Monday, May 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Learn about Czech composers and their music. During our lecture, musicologist David Beveridge will introduce us to famous Czech composers, such as Smetana, Dvorak, Martinu, Janacek, Mahler and others, as we listen to excerpts from their greatest works. The lecture is held in the Museum of Czech Music and is followed by a guided walk through the museum's exhibits.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: We explore Lesser Town – a picturesque quarter with monumental palaces and churches. Charles Bridge, one of the oldest extant stone bridges in Europe, is adorned on both sides with a total of thirty Baroque statues. We will continue to the Old Town, a unique part of Prague, where we find the impressive Old Town Square, the center of all events since the Middle Ages. The stone houses, churches, palaces, and monasteries in combination with the twisty narrow streets and alleys create a very intimate atmosphere. Special attention is given to places connected with great composers. Feel the musical spirit of Prague famous among musicians of all periods.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Meet the singing choir “Collegium 419,” hear a short lecture on the history of choirs in the Czech republic, and talk to the singers. Prague is known as the conservatory of Europe and the Czech Republic as the nation of musicians. Choirs have always played a very important role in the life of Czechs. We will have an opportunity to listen to the concert after the meeting. The concert will take place in the Gothic Church of St. Peter in the Old Town, the church where Antonin Dvorak was married.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Antonin Dvorak and His Music
(Tuesday, May 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: We will learn about the life and work of A. Dvorak from our musical expert. We will follow all sources of inspiration that helped to develop his strong personality. From a Czech musician he became a famous composer of Slavonic, and later international, significance. Special emphasis will be given to his American stay. We will continue our Dvorak studies in the Villa America, originally a palace of the noble family Michna (built in 1720). In 1932, the Society of Antonin Dvorak converted the space to a museum in Dvorak's honor.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: We start the afternoon excursion in Strahov Monastery and its Basilica of Assumption of Our Lady, founded in 1143. The Baroque church displays the famous organ that W. A. Mozart played on during his visit in 1787. A monk made a note of his music, and today we can admire it in concert halls as Mozart’s Prague Improvisation. Continue to the Prague Castle where the Czech kings, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of the Czech Republic (and Czechoslovakia) have had their offices. Prague castle is one of the biggest castles in the world (according to the Guinness Book of World Records it is the largest ancient castle) and dates back to the middle of the 9th century.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
 Evening: Free to attend an opera performance or a concert on your own. List of available concerts and operas will be provided upon arrival.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14: Mozart's Beloved Town
(Wednesday, May 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Explore backstage at the Estates Theatre. Guided excursion to one of the most beautiful historic theater buildings in Europe, opened in 1783, known as a jewel of Neoclassical theatre architecture. It was the venue for the world premiers of two Mozart operas: Don Giovanni (1787) and La Clemenza di Tito (1791). The theater is linked also with such names as Carl Maria von Weber, Niccolo Paganini, Gustav Mahler, Arthur Rubinstein and others.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free time.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: We will enjoy a classical concert in the Church of St. Nicolas in Lesser Town. This beautiful, heavily decorated church with the huge green cupola is one of Central Europe's finest Baroque buildings. Here, we will be reminded of W.A. Mozart's happy days in Prague one last time. In 1791, more than three thousand of Mozart's admirers came to the Church of St. Nicolas to hear the Requiem, played by 120 musicians in the orchestra, as a goodbye to "their" Mozart.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Departures
(Thursday, May 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to the Prague Ruzyne International airport (PRG) for departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum
This museum of fine arts houses several collections, whose foundations were laid, and emphases set, in the 17th century. The museum presents paintings from such artists as 16th century painters Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto, 17th century Flemish painters Peter Paul Rubens and Sir Anthony Van Dyck, early Netherlandish painters Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, and German Renaissance painters Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach. The Picture Gallery was developed from art collections of the House of Hapsburg, and today is one of the largest and most important of its kind, presenting pictures by Peter Bruegel the Elder, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael, Caravaggio, Velázquez and Italian Baroque painters. For additional information, visit www.khm.at
  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
  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-siècle 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
  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
  Munich Dachau Memorial
The Memorial Site on the grounds of the former concentration camp was established in 1965 with initiative of and in accordance with the plans of the surviving prisoners who had joined together to form the Comité International de Dachau. The Bavarian state government provided financial support. Between 1996 and 2003 a new exhibition on the history of the Dachau concentration camp was created, following the leitmitof of the "Path of Prisoners." For additional information, visit www.kz-gedenkstaette-dachau.de
  Kunstareal Munich
The Kunstareal art district, close to the old city center, is where all of Munich's largest art museums are located. The construction of a number of these museums began in the early 19th century, during the reign of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, under the direction of architect Leo von Klenze. Today, the large complex of museum buildings houses the Old Pinakothek (Alte Pinakothek), the New Pinakothek (Neue Pinakothek) and the Modern Pinakothek (Pinakothek der Moderne). It also holds a Glyptothek, the State Antiquities Collection of Ancient Greek, Etruscan and Roman art (Staatliche Antikensammlungen), the Lenbach House (Lenbachhaus), and the Brandhorst Museum, along with a number of art galleries. For additional information, visit www.pinakothek.de
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

Suggested Reading List


A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889


Author: Frederic Morton


Description: A portrait of Vienna at the end of the 19th century, this book focuses on Crown Prince Rudolph, his devastating suicide and the rich texture of gossip and daily life at the Habsburg Court. It captures the political ferment, intellectual creativity, gaiety and despair of fin-de-siecle Austria.



Classical Music 101, A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Classical Music


Author: Fred Plotkin


Description: Plotkin's primer on classical music is geared to the casual, intellectually curious listener and does an admirable job of describing how best to experience and appreciate the great works, both new and old.



Decoding Wagner, An Invitation to His World of Music Drama


Author: Thomas May


Description: Two accompanying CDs trace Wagner's growth as a composer, revealing the expressive richness that continues to make his art compelling and relevant for contemporary audiences.



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.



Fin-de-Siecle Vienna: Politics and Culture


Author: Carl E. Schorske


Description: A landmark study of turn-of-the century Vienna -- one of the key chapters in modern intellectual history. Among its luminaries were Freud, Klimt, Kokoshka and Schoenberg.



Frommer's Vienna Day by Day


Author: Teresa Fisher


Description: With hand-picked recommendations and highlights, this compact guide offers the "must see" attractions of Vienna for a shorter visit.



Germany, Benelux, Austria Czech Republic Map


Author: Michelin Travel Publications


Description: This handy map shows road and river routes from Amsterdam and Berlin to Prague, Vienna, Munich and Salzburg at a scale of 1:1,000,000.



Lonely Planet Pocket Prague


Author: B. Gleeson


Description: A practical city guide to the city of Prague that fits in your pocket, with the top sites, the best walks, food, art, shopping, views, nightlife and more. Includes pull out city map.



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.



Munich Map


Author: Borch Maps


Description: A handy, laminated map of Munich at a scale of 1:11,000.



Opera 101, A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera


Author: Fred Plotkin, Placido Domingo (Introduction)


Description: A well-written introduction to opera, this volume includes a brief history of the art form, a guide to operatic terms and a review of 11 famous operas.



Prague Map


Author: Berndtson & Berndtson


Description: A laminated, detailed map of the center of Prague at a scale of 1:10,000.



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.



Prost! The Story of German Beer


Author: Horst D. Dornbusch


Description: The Munich-based aficionado weaves history and culture with the marvels and mysteries of German beer in this brief, authoritative guide.



Richard Strauss and His World


Author: Bryan Gilliam


Description: A collection of scholarly essays compiled for a festival at Bard College, analyzing the composer's music and legacy.



The Age of Insight, The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present


Author: Eric R. Kandel


Description: A neuroscientist documents the work of five leading minds, including Sigmund Freud and Gustave Klimt, in 1900 Vienna, revealing how their critical breakthroughs in science, medicine, and art laid the groundwork for present-day discoveries in brain science.



The German Way


Author: Hyde Flippo


Description: This clever A-to-Z guide to quirks, attitudes, behavior and customs is a terrific resource for travelers seeking insight into why the Germans, Austrians and Swiss do what they do.



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 Hare With Amber Eyes


Author: Edmund De Waal


Description: Edmund de Waal unfolds the story of his remarkable family, a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who "burned like a comet" in early 20th-century Paris and Vienna.



The Lady in Gold, The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece


Author: Anne-Marie O'Connor


Description: Washington Post journalist O'Connor recreates the intellectual and artistic milieu of turn-of-century Vienna in this haunting look at the artist Gustav Klimpt, his famous portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, and the her niece, Maria Bloch-Bauer and her battle with the Austrian government to recover five Klimpt paintings stolen by Hitler. Ronald Lauder bought the Lady in Gold for the Neue Galerie in New York.



The Third Man and the Fallen Idol


Author: Graham Greene


Description: A haunting tale and penetrating portrait of Vienna after World War II, "The Third Man" is the result of Greene's collaboration with Carol Reed on the classic movie. "The Fallen Idol" is a separate tale of intrigue set in Britain.



Vienna Map


Author: Berndtson & Berndtson


Description: A handy laminated map of the city center.



Vienna, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: Donald Daviau


Description: Organized by neighborhood, these 15 alluring tales introduce both the city and its writers, including Arthur Schnitzler, Robert Musil, Stefan Zweig and even Franz Kafka, who had a long and complicated association with the city.





You can't find a better value than Road Scholar.


As a not-for-profit organization, we are dedicated to providing all-inclusive educational programs at great value. From lectures to gratuities to field trips to accommodations - the tuition you pay up front is all that you pay.



Specifically, this program includes:

Plus these special experiences...

View the Daily Schedule to see more

And included with all Road Scholar programs:


© Road Scholar 2014 | Call toll-free: 1-800-454-5768