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.
All Along the Danube: Recipes from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, & Bulgaria
Author: Marina Polvay
Description: A cookbook full of classic recipes from Central Europe, with some valuable morsels of culture.
Bavarian Alps Map
Author: Borch Maps
Description: Laminated, this excellent road map at a scale of 1:275,000 shows from Much to Innsbruck, and from Lake Constance to Salzburg, on one side with more detailed maps and site plans on the reverse of Munich, Garmish-Partenkirchen, Lindau, the Berchesgarden are plus sites of Ludwig's castles.
Between the Woods and the Water
Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor
Description: Fermor continues with youthful adventures in Hungary and Romania, culminating with his arrival at the Iron Gates on the Danube.
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.
Central Europe Map
Author: Freytag & Berndt
Description: This colorful regional European map, like the sister map Europe Grand Tour (EUR185), covers from Paris and Amsterdam to Vienna, Prague, Warsaw, Budapest, Rome and Dubrovnik.
Death at La Fenice
Author: Donna Leon
Description: The first of the tremendously good Guido Brunetti mysteries, all set in the author's beloved Venice, in which a famous conductor is found dead at the celebrated theater of the title.
Author: Tim Parks
Description: This sparkling memoir by the British novelist captures the travails and delights of life in the Italian countryside. Montecchio, which Parks so indelibly sketches in this favorite book, is outside Verona.
Italian Ways, On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo
Author: Tim Parks
Description: Riding its trains from his home in Verona over to Milan and south to Rome, Palermo, down to the heel of Italy, ebullient expat Tim Parks (Italian Neighbors, Medici Money et al) delivers another winning portrait of Italy and of the Italian character.
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, A Life
Author: Paul Johnson
Description: Paul Johnson is a master at chronicling the life of the masters: from Napoleon and Churchill to Jesus and Darwin. In this concise yet rich volume on Mozart, Johnson focuses on the musical master’s copious compositions and genius for instrumentation.
The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire
Author: Andrew Wheatcroft
Description: With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs.
The Radetzky March
Author: Joseph Roth, Joachim Neugroschel (Translator)
Description: Magnificently set against the backdrop of the twilight of the Habsburg empire, Roth's family saga takes in the sweep of history and empire in Central Europe. The richly textured novel opens at the battle of Solferino, when young Lieutenant Trotta saves the life of the Emperor.
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.
The World of Venice
Author: Jan Morris
Description: If you are going to read one book on Venice, we recommend this favorite.
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.