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Art and Architecture of Vienna and Prague

Program Number: 20189RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/29/2013 - 6/10/2013; 5/2/2016 - 5/14/2016; 5/30/2016 - 6/11/2016; 9/5/2016 - 9/17/2016; 10/17/2016 - 10/29/2016;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Austria/Czech Republic
Price starting at: $2,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Art History/Criticism
Meals: 27; 11 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Marvel at the rich collections of art and architecture in Vienna and Prague on this discovery of two of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Witness the splendor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire along Vienna’s famous “Ringstrasse,” and wonder at the almost pristine condition of Prague’s architecture despite the city’s historical position at the center of many religious and cultural conflicts. Engaging lecturers prepare you for independent exploration in world class museums such as Vienna's Museum of Fine Art and the Museum of Czech Cubism.


• Enjoy a private lecture and concert by musicologist and flutist Julia Auer and a member of the Vienna Philharmonic or the State Opera Orchestra.
• Go backstage at the Estates Theatre in Prague, known as the jewel of neoclassical theater architecture.
• Walk through the history of Viennese interior design at the Lobmeyr Glassmuseum and Boulevard Theater Annahof.

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; short uphill walks.

Date Specific Information

5-29-2013, 5-2-2016, 5-30-2016, 9-5-2016, 10-17-2016

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Vienna (Austria), 6 nights; coach to Prague (Czech Republic), 5 nights; departure.

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

On an expert-led walk through the beautiful inner city of Vienna, view the contrast between historical and contemporary architecture, from the State Opera and the Imperial Palace to the modern Haas House. View precious crafts from the Wiener Werkstätte and art nouveau highlights at the Museum for Applied Arts (MAK). Get a taste of the city’s coffee house culture at splendid Café Central, part of the Palais Ferstel and former meeting point for Europe’s intellectuals and artists.

Coach to Prague (Czech Republic)
5 nights

Lectures on the amazing variety of architectural styles found in Prague prepare you for field trips to Hradcany area with Prague Castle, Lesser Town and Charles Bridge, and the most famous and picturesque part of the medieval city — Old Town. At the Trade Fair Palace admire art from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries including work by Pistek (bearer of the Oscar for the costumes to the movie Amadeus, and many others). Enjoy evening activities such as a panoramic dinner cruise on the Vltava River and dinner at the Municipal House Café, a charming example of Art Nouveau.

Vienna: Conveniently located hotel just two stops from the bustling city center of Vienna. Prague: Comfortable hotel in the heart of the city.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
David Beveridge

Musicologist David Beveridge is on the research staff of Musicological Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague. He has a doctorate in music history and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. David’s doctoral dissertation was titled “The Sonata Forms of Dvorak.” Since 1993, he has lived in Prague, where he has researched “The Life and Works of Dvorak.”
Meals and Lodgings
   Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
  Vienna, Austria 6 nights
   Hotel Petr
  Prague, Czech Republic 5 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
  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

 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
  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 hotel lobby. You will be staying at Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle that night.
  End of Program:
Prague, Czech Republic: Following breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Hotel Petr the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking available for a fee.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Vienna and Prague are easily accessible by train/bus.
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; at Schwedenplatz, change to U1 direction Leopoldau and stop at 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: The hotel reception can arrange a shuttle to take you from the hotel to the airport. It costs approx. 600-650 CZK per shuttle (approx. 4 persons).
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, May 29)
 In Transit: Overnight flight to Europe.

Day 2: Introduction to Vienna
(Thursday, May 30)
 Afternoon: Late afternoon: Introduction to the program. Our first acquaintance with Vienna will be a guided excursion by coach along the "Ringstrasse," the circular boulevard around the inner city that houses Parliament, the new Gothic Town Hall and Votiv Church, the Royal Palace, the prestigious State Opera and Burgtheater, the University, and the Museum of Fine Arts. Built between 1860 and 1906, the boulevard boasts the splendor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Introduction to History of Art and Architecture
(Friday, May 31)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: History of Art and Architecture in Vienna. Then take an expert-led walking field trip of the inner city and view the contrast between historical and contemporary architecture. See everything from the State Opera to the Imperial Palace with the Court Library (an architectural masterpiece from the Viennese Baroque) to the Loos Haus, as well as examples of outstanding conversions of and extensions to existing structures.
 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: Continue our walking field trip from Palais Ferstel through the inner city to the Danube Canal, where we will see modern buildings by famous architects such as Jean Nouvel. Enjoy an aperitif in one of the fancy bars.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Viennese Baroque
(Saturday, June 1)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Visit the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna's Museum of Fine Art. It houses one of the greatest art collections in the world, revealing the royal taste of the members of the House of Habsburg.
 Lunch: Lunch at Cafe Museum, originally designed by Adolf Loos.
 Afternoon: Visit the Court Library and explore the Charles Church, designed by Austrian architect J.B. Fischer von Erlach. Continue on to Belvedere Palace, home to the world's largest collection of Klimt.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
 Evening: Free evening to attend a concert on your own if you wish. The program staff will provide information about available concerts and tickets.
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Vienna 1900
(Sunday, June 2)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: Vienna 1900. At the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century Vienna was one of the cradles of modernism. The city’s coffee house culture, composers and cabaret artists, Freud’s psychoanalysis, the daring experiments of the Wiener Werkstätte, and not least the scandals surrounding the Vienna Secession, were among the phenomena of the period. While Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka were the leading artists/painters/designers, it was the art nouveau architect Otto Wagner and modernist Adolf Loos who developed new architectural styles away from the historicism of the ring boulevard. After the lecture, we set out for the day and our first stop is the Secession building at Karlsplatz.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the restaurant Zum Huth, a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Viennese Beisl.
 Afternoon: Explore the Museum for Applied Arts (MAK). This museum features furniture, glass, china, silver and textiles from the Middle Ages to the present day. It includes precious crafts from the Wiener Werkstätte, bentwood furniture by Thonet, and art nouveau highlights such as the gilded design of Gustav Klimt for the frieze of the Stoclet Palais in Brussels.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Viennese Design
(Monday, June 3)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to the Leopoldmuseum. With more than 5000 exhibits collected by Rudolf and Elisabeth Leopold over five decades, the museum houses one of the most important collections of modern Austrian art in the world. It includes masterpieces of the Viennese Secessionist Movement, Viennese Modernist Movement and the Austrian Expressionist Movement.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own. Your Group Leader will suggest some interesting cafes and restaurants.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore the city on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy a private lecture and concert by musicologist and flutist Julia Auer, and accompanying her will be a member of either the Vienna Philharmonic or the State Opera Orchestra.
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Viennese Art Nouveau
(Tuesday, June 4)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning's field trip walks us through the history of Viennese interior design, with a visit to the Lobmayer Glassmuseum and Backhausen Textile Museum, its collection of 3500 designs ranging from Historicism and Art Nouveau to the Wiener Werkstätte.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Coach excursion to the Vienna suburbs of Hietzing and Penzing. Drive past buildings designed by Max Fabiani, Otto Wagner and Joze Plecnik before arriving at the astonishing Steinhof Church which occupies a fantastic site on the "Baumgartner" heights.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in a "Heurige," a typical wine inn in one of the villages outside of Vienna. Enjoy wine of the current vintage and a tasty buffet with typical Viennese dishes.
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Introduction to Prague
(Wednesday, June 5)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Departure for Prague. Welcome to Bohemia in Trebon, a charming historical town close to Austrian-Czech border.
 Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant in Trebon.
 Afternoon: Arrive at hotel and settle in. Late afternoon: Introduction to the Prague program followed by a guided orientation walk.
 Dinner: Dinner at the local restaurant, Hybernia, near the hotel.
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Prague History and Architecture
(Thursday, June 6)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: Art and Architecture of Prague part I, 9th-18th century. Expert-led field trip to the Hradcany area with Prague Castle.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at Vikarka, a restaurant next to St. Vitus Cathedral, where the Vikars brewed beer during the time of Charles IV.
 Afternoon: A leisure walk through the gardens of Prague Castle will start the second part of our excursion, which brings us to the Lesser Town and Charles Bridge.
 Dinner: Panoramic dinner cruise on the Vltava River.
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Art Nouveau and Cubism in Prague / Old Town
(Friday, June 7)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: Art and Architecture of Prague part II, 19th and 20th century. Field trip to the Art Nouveau Municipal House. Then walk via Prague's most elegant boulevards, Na Prikope and Wenceslas Square, to the Museum of Czech Cubism. Located in the House of Black Madonna, an outstanding piece of Cubist architecture by Josef Gocár, the museum has an extensive collection of this significant artistic style.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Café Oriental in the House of Black Madonna.
 Afternoon: Discover the most famous and picturesque part of the medieval city on a guided walking excursion of the Old Town, with its medieval Astronomical Clock. The excursion ends at Wenceslas Square. Enjoy some free time in the late afternoon. A handout will be provided for a self-guided excursion to the oldest European Jewish Ghetto with its famous cemetery.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening. A variety of cultural events are available through our local staff.
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Trade Fair Palace / Villa Bilek
(Saturday, June 8)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to the Trade Fair Palace - Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. En-route see "Fred and Ginger" or "Dancing House," designed by Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunic, one of the few houses in Prague that dynamically enters the space of the street. The Trade Fair Palace is the largest gallery space in Prague with the city's finest collection of paintings, objects of art, statues and other exhibits featuring art from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Here, we will view many works by French artists such as; Delacroix, Courbet, Sisley, Pissaro, Monet, Seurat, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse, Chagall, Rousseau, Picasso and Rodin. We will also become familiar with Czech Fine Art featuring works by Kuaka, Drtikol, Filla, Zrzavy, Spala, Lada, Trnka, Sudek, Knizak (present director of the gallery), and Pistek (bearer of the Oscar for the costumes to the movie Amadeus, and many others).
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Visit Villa Bilek, artist Frantisek Bílek's studio villa that he designed and built in Prague's Hradcany quarter between 1910 and 1911. Bílek was primarily a sculptor and printmaker, but inspired by religious faith, he also designed and created environments that would enhance the spirituality of human life. Enjoy a little free time before attending a church concert in St. Nicolas Church, the pearl of Prague Baroque where Mozart played the organ.
 Dinner: Dine at a restaurant near the Charles Bridge.
 Evening: Enjoy the evening on an optional walk.
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Music in Prague
(Sunday, June 9)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: Music in Prague. Learn about local composers Smeatna and Dvorak, and traces of Mozart in Prague. Then take a field trip to the backstage of the Estates Theatre where Mozart himself conducted Don Giovanni.
 Lunch: Enjoy local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time. There will be the possibility to visit the Mucha Museum on your own.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner with a folk show.
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Departures
(Monday, June 10)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Depart.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Vienna Concert Hall
There are many concert halls in Vienna, including the State Opera, Volkstheater, Musikverein, Konzerthaus and Kursalon. See your program staff for concert options.
  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
  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
  The Albertina Gallery
The Albertina Gallery has one of the largest and most valuable graphical collections in the world, with works such as Dürer's "Hare" and Klimt's studies of women. Its latest exhibition presents masterpieces of modern art, spanning from Monet to Picasso and Baselitz. As Hapsburg's largest residential palace, the Albertina dominates the southern tip of the Imperial Palace on one of the last remaining fortress walls in Vienna. It is next to the State Opera. For additional information, visit
  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
  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
  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
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