Suggested Reading List
Author: Freytag & Berndt
Description: This regional map (1:500,000), centered on the Alps, includes portions of Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and France.
Cuisines of the Alps
Author: Kay Shaw Nelson
Description: Subtitled "Recipes, Drinks, and Lore from France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia," this colorful tour of the region's rustic cuisine offers more than 140 recipes, a section on regional wines and historical information.
Eiger Dreams, Ventures Among Men and Mountains
Author: Jon Krakauer
Description: A collection of some of Krakauer's (Into Thin Air) best journalism, these stories and essays focus on the mindset and determination of world-class mountaineers, including Alpine and Himalayan climbers.
Author: Rosini Lippi
Description: Set firmly in a small village in the Austrian Alps, these 12 interlinking stories are almost ethnographic in their rich detail of small town life. The stories range from the turn-of-the-century to the present, accurately charting change in the remote village.
Iceman: Uncovering the Life and Times of a Prehistoric Man Found in an Alpine Glacier
Author: Brenda Fowler
Description: The complete story of the discovery of and controversy surrounding the frozen corpse of a prehistoric man found in the Tyrolian Alps.
Killing Dragons, The Conquest of the Alps
Author: Fergus Fleming
Description: Fleming spins lively tales of man against nature in this entertaining history of the eccentrics, adventurers and publicity-hounds who sought to conquer the Alps, including Whymper and his first ascent of the Matterhorn (where four of the seven-man team perished).
La Nouvelle Heloise
Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Description: Rousseau may be best known for his political philosophy, but in this novel we see his softer side. This is the passionate story told through the letters of two lovers in a small town at the foot of the Alps.
Medusa, An Aurelio Zen Mystery
Author: Michael Dibdin
Description: In this ninth book in the thoroughly enjoyable Aurelio Zen series, our worldly detective investigates a mysterious corpse in a long-abandoned military tunnel in the Dolomites.
Author: Borch Maps
Description: A handy, laminated map of Munich at a scale of 1:11,000.
Schlepping Through the Alps, My Search for Austria's Jewish Past with Its Last Wandering Shepherd
Author: Sam Apple
Description: A hilarious and touching exploration of history, tradition and sheep. This account of travels in Austria with Hans Breuer, a shepherd who sings Yiddish folk songs to his sheep, is admittedly a comic quest, but it also delves into some of the darker corners of Austria's history in World War II.
Scrambles Amongst the Alps: In the Years 1860-69
Author: Edward Whymper
Description: Edward Wymper's classic account of Victorian-era mountaineering captures the geography, beauty and allure of the Alps.
The Alps, A Cultural History
Author: Andrew Beattie
Description: Beattie explores the turbulent past and vibrant present of the Alps, where early pioneers of tourism, mountaineering and scientific research have all left their mark.
The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front
Author: Mark Thompson
Description: The war the inspired Heminway's A Farewell to Arms, Mark Thomson's history captures the drama, nationalist frenzy and pathos of the omson traces the nearly forgotten, brutal three-year struggle to capture the Isonzo River sector in the rugged Alps and Dolomites from the Austro-Hungarian Empire in this epic history.
Trentino Alto-Adige Map
Author: Touring Club Italiano
Description: A colorful regional map of the Italian Dolomites at a scale of 1:200,000.
Walking in the Alps
Author: Kev Reynolds
Description: A nicely illustrated, authoritative guide to hiking throughout the Alps. Reynolds covers a range of activities from day hikes to the classic hut-to-hut mountain walks.
Walking in the Dolomites
Author: Gillian Price
Description: A comprehensive walker's guide to the Dolomites geared to a wide variety of difficulty levels. Illustrated with photographs and maps.
Western Austria Tyrol Map
Author: Freytag & Berndt
Description: A colorful regional map of western Austria, including the Tyrolean region.