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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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The German Way

The German Way

by Hyde Flippo

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 138 PAGES

This clever A-to-Z guide to quirks, attitudes, behavior and customs is a terrific resource for travelers seeking insight into why the Germans, Austrians and Swiss do what they do. (GER12, $18.00)

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology. (MED07, $15.95)

A Time of Gifts

A Time of Gifts

by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

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 gives the book particular poignancy. (CEU30, $16.95)

Southern Germany Map

Southern Germany Map

by ITMB

  • MAP

A detailed color map of southern Germany from Bavaria to the Rhineland. (GER29, $11.95)

 
Prague Map

Prague Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2014
  • MAP

A laminated, detailed map of the center of Prague at a scale of 1:10,000. (CZH13, $8.95)

Eyewitness Guide Munich & the Bavarian Alps

Eyewitness Guide Munich & the Bavarian Alps


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

This comprehensive, illustrated guide is filled with excellent maps, hundreds of photographs and succinct overviews of history, culture and sightseeing. (GER119, $25.00)

Frommer's Prague Day by Day

Frommer's Prague Day by Day


by Mark Baker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

This handy, compact guide includes a separate fold-out map of the city center and detailed itineraries for experiencing the best of Prague. (CZH85, $13.95)

Frommer's Vienna Day by Day

Frommer's Vienna Day by Day


by Teresa Fisher

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 180 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

With hand-picked recommendations and highlights, this compact guide offers the "must see" attractions of Vienna for a shorter visit. (AST102, $13.99)

Prost! The Story of German Beer

Prost! The Story of German Beer


by Horst D. Dornbusch

  • FOOD
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The Munich-based aficionado weaves history and culture with the marvels and mysteries of German beer in this brief, authoritative guide. (GER99, $14.95)

A Concise History of Germany

A Concise History of Germany


by Mary Fulbrook

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 277 PAGES

This essential short history of Germany -- a whirlwind survey in less than 300 pages -- explores the relationships between social, political and cultural factors in this land located in the center of Europe. (GER13, $30.99)

All Along the Rhine: Recipes, Wine and Lore from Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and Holland

All Along the Rhine: Recipes, Wine and Lore from Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and Holland


by Kay Shaw Nelson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 211 PAGES

A tribute to the Rhine Valley, its history, culture and especially its food in 130 authentic recipes. (GER111, $14.95)

The Burgermeister's Daughter, Scandal in a Sixteenth-Century German Town

The Burgermeister's Daughter, Scandal in a Sixteenth-Century German Town


by Steven Ozment

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Meticulously researched and absorbing, this narrative by a Harvard historian traces the legal battle of the daughter of a well-to-do family who was thrown out of her home and disinherited in 1525. (GER25, $13.99)

The Germans

The Germans


by Gordon A. Craig

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 361 PAGES

A gifted historian, Craig explores the complex paradoxes of German identity in this masterly portrait of German life, past and present, with chapters on religion, money, Jews, women, literature and society, Berlin and language. (GER10, $18.00)

The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire

The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire


by Andrew Wheatcroft

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs. (AST11, $18.00)

The Rhine, Culture and Landscape at the Heart of Europe

The Rhine, Culture and Landscape at the Heart of Europe


by Roland Recht

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 360 PAGES

This beautifully illustrated, oversized survey of the history, geography and culture of the Rhine shows cities, villages and sights along the river from its source in the Alps to the North Sea. (GER120, $75.00)

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral


by Robert A. Scott

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES

An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches. (EUR190, $26.95)

Mozart

Mozart


by Peter Gay

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 177 PAGES

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. (AST43, $15.00)

The Improbable Voyage

The Improbable Voyage


by Tristan Jones

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 332 PAGES

Jones, an inveterate Welsh sailor, adventurer and storyteller, channels Eastern Europe circa 1985 in his tale of a tough voyage along the Rhine and Danube to the Black Sea. (EUR156, $16.50)

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers


by Maria von Trapp

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

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. (AST47, $15.99)

Great Norse, Celtic and Teutonic Legends

Great Norse, Celtic and Teutonic Legends


by Wilhelm Wagner

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A collection of epic tales from the Teutonic Middle Ages, originally published in 1907. It includes the Rhine legend of Lohengrin. (EUR225, $10.95)

In a German Pension

In a German Pension


by Katherine Mansfield

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 116 PAGES

Mansfield's first published work, which pierces the bourgeoisie at a Bavarian spa town in 13 interconnected stories. Frau Fischer, the narrator, is wonderful -- and entertaining. (GER134, $13.95)

Stones from the River, A Novel

Stones from the River, A Novel


by Ursula Hegi

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 525 PAGES

Rich in details of daily life in Germany in the first half of the 20th century, this ambitious novel illuminates the impact of Nazism and complicity of townsfolk through the eyes of Trudi Montag, librarian, storyteller and testimony to difference (she's a Zwerg or dwarf). (GER213, $16.99)

The Blue Flower

The Blue Flower


by Penelope Fitzgerald

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 225 PAGES

Set in the Age of Goethe, this exquisitely written short novel is a fictional account of the life of the Romantic poet Novalis. It paints a vivid picture of German intellectual and mercantile life in the late 1700s. (GER21, $13.95)

Vienna, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Vienna, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Donald Daviau

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

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. (AST94, $14.95)

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