Czech Republic/Austria

Great Composers of Europe

Deepen your appreciation of Europe’s greatest composers—Mozart, Haydn, Dvorak and more —as you explore the cities that inspired them and hear their music at historic and notable venues.
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Program No. 18425RSBLOG
15 days
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At a Glance

Vienna, Salzburg 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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 4 miles and 4.5 hours, including periods of standing on city and cobblestone streets and in museums, sometimes with no wheelchair facilities. Terrain includes cobblestone and uneven ground. Getting on and off public transportation/motorcoach. City streets and metro stations are often crowded. Some stairs to negotiate.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Attend a concert of works by the great composers of Vienna, one of the leading cities for classical music.
  • Hear a lecture at the Museum of Antonin Dvorak and learn about the life and work of this famous Czech musician and composer.
  • Explore the lovely Alpine city of Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace.
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
DK Eyewitness Top Ten Vienna
by Michael Leidig
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With handy pullout map.
Mozart, A Life
by Paul Johnson
Challenging myths surrounding Mozart’s health, religion and relationships, biographer Paul Johnson shows the great composer’s lasting impact on the musical world with insight.
Vienna Music Guide
by David L. Nelson
Written by a professional music tour director, this well-produced, independent guide provides excellent coverage of Vienna's musical heritage, with special attention given to its orchestras, museums, famous gravesites and opera houses.
Richard Strauss and His World
by Bryan Gilliam
A collection of scholarly essays compiled for a festival at Bard College, analyzing the composer's music and legacy.
Wagner Without Fear, Learning to Love-And Even Enjoy-Opera's Most Demanding Genius
by William Berger
Berger's delightful guide is invaluable in exploring the exotic world of opera's most controversial composer. Irreverent and readable, it helps to make Wagner accessible to even the greatest of skeptics.
The Age of Insight, The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present
by Eric R. Kandel
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 cognitive science.
Germany, Benelux, Austria, Czech Republic Map
by Michelin Travel Publications
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.
The Lady in Gold, The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece
by Anne-Marie O'Connor
Washington Post journalist O'Connor recreates the intellectual and artistic milieu of turn-of-century Vienna in this haunting look at the artist Gustav Klimt, his famous portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer and the story of her niece, Maria Bloch-Bauer, who battled with the Austrian government to recover five Klimt paintings stolen by Hitler. Ronald Lauder bought the Lady in Gold for the Neue Galerie in New York.
Vienna, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Donald Daviau
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.
The Third Man and the Fallen Idol
by Graham Greene
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.
Fin-de-Siecle Vienna: Politics and Culture
by Carl E. Schorske
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.
Prague in Black and Gold, Scenes from Life in a European City
by Peter Demetz
Both a history and an accessible guide to the neighborhoods and architecture of the city.
The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire
by Andrew Wheatcroft
With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs.
The Radetzky March
by Joseph Roth, Joachim Neugroschel (Translator)
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 Hare With Amber Eyes
by Edmund De Waal
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.
Lonely Planet Central Europe
by Lonely Planet
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.
Opera 101, A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera
by Fred Plotkin, Placido Domingo (Introduction)
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.
Dvorak and His World
by Michael Beckerman
A fascinating view of the Czech composer's personal life and his influence on the world around him.
Prague, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Paul Wilson (Editor)
This anthology of 24 vivid stories by Czech writers, both contemporary and well-known, brings the city, history, spirit and people to life.
A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889
by Frederic Morton
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.
DK Eyewitness Top Ten Prague
by Eyewitness Guides
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Prague.

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