Road Scholar : Home
Art and Architecture of Vienna and Prague

Program Number: 20189RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/5/2015 - 5/17/2015; 6/2/2015 - 6/14/2015; 9/8/2015 - 9/20/2015; 10/20/2015 - 11/1/2015;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Austria/Czech Republic
Price starting at: $3,596.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Art History/Criticism
Meals: 23; 11 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 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.




Highlights

• 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

5-5-2015, 6-2-2015, 9-8-2015, 10-20-2015

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



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
Departure

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.




Accommodations
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 Ananas
  Vienna, Austria 6 nights
   Hotel Petr
  Prague, Czech Republic 5 nights
 Austria Trend Hotel Ananas
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The four-star Austria Trend Hotel Ananas is conveniently located next to the Pilgramgasse underground station, only two stops from the bustling city center of Vienna. Some of Vienna's cultural highlights, including Charles Square, Ring Boulevard, the Vienna State Opera and Vienna's largest market, Naschmarkt, are all within a 20-minute walk from this elegant and relaxing hotel.
  Contact info: Rechte Wienzeile 93-95
Wien,  1050 Austria
phone: +43 1 546 20
web: www.austria-trend.at/wan
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, hardwood floors, under-the-floor heating, individually controlled air conditioning, mini bar, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, business corner, air conditioning, souvenir shop and free wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No
  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. (800) 241-1404
  Check in time: 3:00 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
web: www.hotelpetr.cz
  Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, safe box, satellite television, laundry services, air conditioning, 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:
Vienna, Austria: 4:00 PM in hotel lobby. You will be staying at Austria Trend Hotel Ananas 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 Road Scholar Health & Safety 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 the City Airport train to Wien Mitte/Landstrasse; change to subway U4 direction Hütteldorf, leave at Pilgramgasse; elevator - exit Ramperstorffergasse. Hotel Ananas is 30 meters down the street on the left. Exit Pilgramgasse is directly opposite the hotel. It costs approx. 12 Euro. Alternatively, you can take the S-Bahn (rapid subway) S7 direction Florisdorf, leave at Wien Mitte and change to U4 direction Hütteldorf, leave at Pilgramgasse; elevator - exit Ramperstorffergasse. Hotel Ananas is 30 meters down the street on the left. Exit Pilgramgasse is directly opposite the hotel. It costs approx. 5 Euro.
  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
(Tuesday, October 20)
   
 In Transit: Overnight flight to Europe.

Day 2: Arrival in Vienna / Hotel Check-in / Orientation / City Excursion / Welcome Dinner
(Wednesday, October 21)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 2:00 PM. You will have some time to freshen up and relax before our Orientation session.

Orientation: 4:00 PM. The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

During free time, the Group Leader will often be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently.

Please be aware that indicated times are approximate and that program activities and schedules could change due to local circumstances such as weather, traffic conditions, etc. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

We begin getting to know Austria’s capital city during a motorcoach excursion with commentary along the "Ringstrasse" -- the circular boulevard where city walls once stood around the Innere Stadt (Inner City). In 1857, Emperor Franz Joseph ordered the demolition of Vienna's medieval fortifications and ramparts to make room for expansion. The resulting magnificent boulevard, officially opened in 1865, was soon lined with mansions of the nobility and wealthy as well as important political and cultural institutions such as the Hofburg (royal palace), Parliament and Town Hall, the prestigious State Opera and Burgtheater, the University and the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the leading museums in the world. Today it recalls the glory of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
 Dinner: We will have our welcome dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants then settle in, relax, and get a good night's sleep for tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Ananas
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: History of Art and Architecture in Vienna / Inner City Walking Field Trip / Free Afternoon and Evening
(Thursday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals.
 Morning: An expert-led lecture on the history of art and architecture in Vienna prepares us for a walking field trip through the inner city. Compare and contrast historical and contemporary architecture. You will see the most significant sites from the State Opera to the Imperial Palace with the Court Library (an architectural masterpiece from the Viennese Baroque) to the Looshaus -- built in the “Wiener Moderne” style -- as well as outstanding examples of extensions and conversions of existing structures.
 Lunch: Enjoy an authentic taste of Vienna in the city’s most famous coffeehouse, the splendid Café Central, part of the Palais Ferstel, that once housed the Vienna Stock Exchange and the Austro-Hungarian central bank. A Viennese institution since 1876, the Café was a meeting point for important figures in the arts, literature, politics and science from all over Europe.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon: Your Group Leader will provide suggestions and guidance. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Highly recommended is the Museum of Fine Arts which houses one of the greatest art collections in the world and reveals the taste of the royal House of Habsburg. Over centuries, they collected precious and important paintings by celebrated Old Masters.
 Dinner: This dinner has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. In Vienna, you will have an abundance of options! The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Ananas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Viennese Baroque at St. Charles Church / Free Afternoon and Evening
(Friday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we will explore another part of the Inner City, ending at the magnificent Karlskirche -- St. Charles Church -- considered the finest example of Baroque architecture in Vienna and one of the city’s most admired buildings. This was the final creation of architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, whose mastery of the Baroque had a profound influence.
 Lunch: Today we have lunch at Zum Huth, a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Viennese beisl (bistro) with hearty regional fare and seasonal ingredients.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. We recommend the Belvedere, a complex of two Baroque palaces, Oberes (Upper) and Unteres (Lower). The renowned art collection includes masterpieces from the Middle Ages and Baroque in the Unteres Belvedere and works from the 19th Century to the present day in the Oberes Belvedere. Here you can see art by renowned Austrian painters including the largest collection of Gustav Klimt works featuring his world-famous painting “Der Kuss” (The Kiss).

In the early evening, we re-group and rendezvous at the Loft Bar on the roof of the Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom-Stilwerk, a visionary multi-purpose building opened in 2010, designed by top architects at Ateliers Jean Nouvel.
 Dinner: This dinner has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: Free Evening. Vienna is a city of music. If you would like to attend a concert on your own, the Group Leader will provide information about available events and how to obtain tickets.
   
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Ananas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Vienna 1900 / Vienna Secession Field Trip / Museum for Applied Arts
(Saturday, October 24)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: A local expert will discuss “Vienna 1900.” This was one of the cradles of modernism at the turn of the 20th century. Notable phenomena of the period included the city’s coffee house culture, composers and cabaret artists, Freud’s psychoanalysis, the daring experiments of the Wiener Werkstätte -- a community of architects, artists and designers -- and not least, the scandals surrounding the Vienna Secession, that extraordinary group of artists who broke away from the prevailing classical conservatism in art and architecture. 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 styles that departed from the historicism of the Ringstrasse and its period architecture.

With this background, we set out for the day on a field trip via subway and walking to the Secession building at Karlsplatz. When originally constructed in 1898, the Vienna Secession building -- designed by Joseph Olbrich -- had this motto set in gold above its doorway: "Der Zeit ihre Kunst. Der Kunst ihre Freiheit." (For every time its art. For art its Freedom.). It was the perfect motto for this group of architects, artists, painters, and sculptors separating themselves from the state-sponsored status quo to promote modernism in the arts and crafts. To pursue this goal, they had to build their own exhibition space, which became a physical icon of the movement. Both the movement and their building were derided at the time, but had a profound impact on Viennese culture. The Secession today is regarded as the pinnacle of Art Nouveau style.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Café Museum, originally designed by Adolf Loos.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, we explore the Museum for Applied Arts -- “Museum für angewandte Kunst” in German -- commonly called MAK. Founded in 1864 as the Imperial and Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry, it has maintained a commitment to bringing together applied arts, design, architecture, and contemporary art. The extensive collection includes furniture, glass, china, silver, and textiles from the Middle Ages to the present.

Afterwards, you will have some free time to stay on at the museum or explore more of Vienna on your own. The Group Leader will lead the way back to the hotel for anyone who would like to return.
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Ananas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Vienna's Great Artists / Private Lecture and Concert
(Sunday, October 25)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: With our local expert, learn more about the famous Viennese artists Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka, who were prominent at the turn of the century. Their works are collected in the Leopold Museum.

Afterwards, enjoy free time. You might wish to explore the Leopold Museum which houses one of the most important collections of modern Austrian art in the world. Exhibitions trace artistic trends and developments from the Vienna Succession through Expressionism with major works from the 19th and 20th centuries.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Continue to make your experience in Vienna highly personal as you see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: As a special highlight, enjoy a private lecture-concert for our group by noted musicologist and flutist Julia Auer, accompanied by a member of one of Vienna’s leading orchestras.
   
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Ananas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Vienna Interior Design Field Trip / Architecture in the Vienna Suburbs / Steinhof Church / Heurige Dinner
(Monday, October 26)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning's field trip walks us through the history of Viennese interior design. Enjoy a visit to the Lobmeyr Glassmuseum and the Boulevard Theater Annahof. Originally a cabaret theater, the Annahof was purchased in 2008 by a private company, which discovered during renovations original wallpaper designed by Otto Prutscher of the Wiener Werkstätte. The theater was restored to its original state and is used as a shop.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Afternoon: Via motorcoach, we explore the Vienna suburbs of Hietzing and Penzing, driving past buildings designed by Max Fabiani, Joze Plecnik, and Otto Wagner, before arriving at the extraordinary Kirche am Steinhof (Steinhof Church) on the crest of Baumgartner Hill. The "Steinhof" (stone yard) was a psychiatric hospital, and this magnificent church -- constructed from 1902-07 -- was its chapel. It was designed by Otto Wagner, one of the most important architects of Jugendstil/Art Nouveau.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner in a "Heurige" -- a typical wine inn in one of the villages outside of Vienna -- with wine of the current vintage and a tasty buffet featuring traditional Viennese dishes.
   
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Ananas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Depart Vienna / Excursion in Trebon / Arrive Prague for Hotel Check-in / Guided Orientation Walk
(Tuesday, October 27)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Following hotel check-out, we depart for Prague via motorcoach with a welcome to Bohemia in Trebon, a charming and historic town in the Czech Republic close to the border. Trebon dates back to the 12th Century and was later owned by the Habsburg and Schwarzenberg families.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Trebon.
 Afternoon: After arrival in Prague, we check in at the hotel with some time to fresh up and relax before our next activity. Late in the afternoon, we will have an introduction to the Prague program followed by a guided orientation walk.
 Dinner: We will dine in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Hradcany Castle District / Prague Castle / Prague Lesser Town / Charles Bridge / Free Evening
(Wednesday, October 28)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: A local historian will discuss art and architecture of Prague from the 9th-18th centuries.

We then take an expert-led field trip to Hradcany, also known as the Castle District, the neighborhood surrounding Prague Castle that includes noble residences and other historic sites. Founded circa 880 C.E., the castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site, reputed to be the most extensive ancient castle in the world. The large-scale palace complex comprises royal residences, churches, a monastery, and gardens.
 Lunch: We will have lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: A leisurely walk through the gardens of Prague Castle takes us to the Malá Strana (literally “little side” translated as Lesser Town) and Charles Bridge. Founded as a royal town in 1258, this is one of the most historic and beautiful places in all of Prague. The Charles Bridge is named for our old friend King Charles IV. It was the only connection between the Lesser Town on the left bank of the Vltava River and the Old Town on the right for centuries. The bridge played a critical role at several points in Bohemian history and is renowned today for numerous statues along the balustrade, including many from the Baroque era.
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: At leisure. There will be a variety of cultural events you may enjoy on your own, with suggestions and directions from program staff.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Dancing House / National Gallery in Prague / Free Afternoon / Vltava River Dinner Cruise
(Thursday, October 29)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: A short lecture on "Czech Modern Art" gives us an excellent introduction to the day. Commencing our narrated motorcoach field trip, we will see a Prague rarity, a dramatically modern building designed by Czech architect Vlado Milunic and American Frank Gehry: Tancící dum -- called Dancing House for its exuberantly bold “deconstructionist” bends and curves that pop out of the surroundings. (Supposedly, the architects considered calling it the “Fred and Ginger” building after Astaire and Rogers.)

We then proceed to the Trade Fair Palace for a self-guided excursion. The Czech national art collection is displayed in several different historic sites. The largest of these is the National Gallery in Prague (Národní galerie v Praze), housed in a modern “Functionalist” exhibition hall from the 1920s known as the Trade Fair Palace (Veletržní Palác), 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. 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. You may also become familiar with Czech Fine Art featuring works by Kuaka, Drtikol, Filla, Zrzavy, Spala, Lada, Trnka, Sudek, Knizak (the present director of the gallery) and Pistek (Academy Award winner for costumes in “Amadeus”).
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Program staff will provide guides with maps for an optional self-guided exploration.
 Dinner: We re-group for a "panoramic" dinner cruise on the Vltava River.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Old Town / Free Afternoon and Evening
(Friday, October 30)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Explore the most famous and picturesque part of the medieval city on a guided walking field through the Old Town with its medieval Astronomical Clock.
 Lunch: Lunch at Café Orient in the Cubist House of the Black Madonna.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity to see and do what interests you most. Program staff will provide maps for an optional self-guided exploration through Josefov, the historic Jewish Quarter.
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: At leisure. There will be a variety of cultural events you may enjoy on your own, with suggestions and directions from program staff.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Music in Prague / Estates Theatre / Free Afternoon / Farewell Dinner
(Saturday, October 31)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: A musicologist will trace Mozart’s triumphs in Prague as well as “local” world renowned composers Smetana and Dvorák.

Then take a behind-the-scenes field trip to one of the most beautiful and historic theatres in Europe, the Estates Theatre (Stavovské divadlo). Operating continuously since 1783, its exceptional heritage includes numerous links with W. A. Mozart, whose music was exceedingly popular with Prague audiences. Two of his greatest operas debuted here: “Don Giovanni” with Mozart himself conducting, and “La Clemenza di Tito.”
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Continue to make your experience in Prague highly personal as you see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. We recommend the Mucha Museum, housed in the Baroque Kaunický Palace and dedicated to the life and work of acclaimed Czech artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), a master of Art Nouveau.
 Dinner: We re-group for a delightful farewell dinner, an opportunity for conviviality with new Road Scholar friends. Enjoy the charm and elegance of Art Nouveau in the Café of the Municipal House.
 Evening: At leisure. Share your favorite experiences, then get a good night's sleep for departure in the morning.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Program Concludes, Departures
(Sunday, November 1)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.
 Morning: Departures for onward travel.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  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
  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
  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 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/
  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 www.albertina.at
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Suggested Reading List


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, spirit and people to life and includes a helpful map for the traveler.



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.



A Time of Gifts


Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor


Description: Fermor effortlessly interweaves anecdote, history and culture in this exuberant account of a walk from Holland, up the Rhine and down the Danube, through Germany, Prague and Austria in 1933. Written not in the moment, but 40 years later, the accumulation of time and experience give the book particular poignancy.



Baroque and Rococo Art


Author: Germain Bazin


Description: An excellent illustrated survey of Baroque and Rococo art and architecture, this volume in the acclaimed "World of Art" series is a good companion to the golden age of Middle Europe.



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.



Czech and Slovak Republics Map


Author: Michelin Travel Publications


Description: Showing the route of the Danube between Regensburg and Budapest, this regional map shows Budapest, Vienna and Prague.



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.



Eyewitness Guide Austria


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: This superb guide to all of Austria features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.



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.



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.



Rough Guide Czech Republic


Author: Rob Humphreys


Description: A comprehensive, practical guide for the traveler to the sites and attractions throughout the Czech and Slovak republics. With helpful local maps, and a good survey of the region's culture and history.



The Coasts of Bohemia, A Czech History


Author: Derek Sayer


Description: A political and cultural history of the Czech people, this intriguing book places the historically important Bohemia and Moravia regions at the center of European events. The author draws on literature, the arts, culture and politics to evoke Czech history, society and identity.



The Danube Cycleway, Donaueschingen to Budapest


Author: John Higginson


Description: A compact, practical guide to the popular biking route along the Danube from Donaueschingen in Bavaria though Austria to Budapest.



The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral


Author: Robert A. Scott


Description: An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches.



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 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 Story of the Trapp Family Singers


Author: Maria von Trapp


Description: The true story of the von Trapp family singers, as remembered by Maria von Trapp herself. Maria was indeed a novice nun, but there ends her resemblance to the Julie Andrews' character in the Sound of Music.



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 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.



To the Castle and Back


Author: Vaclav Havel, Paul Wilson (Translator)


Description: Published in Prague as Please Be Brief, the Czech president's memoirs, covering the period from 1988 to 2006, reflect his origins as playwright and dissident. Rather than a formal chronology, he offers a series of vignettes, anecdotes, diary excerpts and memos.





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