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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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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)

Danubia, A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

Danubia, A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

by Simon Winder

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 560 PAGES

Winder, author of Germania (GER270), considers the legacy of the Habsburg Europe in this charmingly digressive history and travelogue. (CEU46, $30.00)

Cadogan Guide Vienna, Prague and Budapest

Cadogan Guide Vienna, Prague and Budapest

by Cadogan Guide

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 334 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Three authors teamed up for this in-depth cultural guide to the history, architecture, artistic heritage and sights of these three capital cities. (CEU43, $21.95)

Czech and Slovak Republics Map

Czech and Slovak Republics Map

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2005
  • MAP

Showing the route of the Danube between Regensburg and Budapest, this regional map displays Budapest, Vienna and Prague. One Side. 40x56 inches. (CEU17, $12.95)

 
Eyewitness Top Ten Vienna

Eyewitness Top Ten Vienna


by Michael Leidig

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With handy pullout map. (AST119, $14.00)

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)

Lonely Planet Central Europe Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Central Europe Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet Publications

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 254 PAGES

From Berlin to Budapest, Warsaw to Ljubljana, this is your ticket to six languages in the area. (EUR339, $9.99)

All Along the Danube: Recipes from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, & Bulgaria

All Along the Danube: Recipes from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, & Bulgaria


by Marina Polvay

  • FOOD
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

A cookbook full of classic recipes from Central Europe, with some valuable morsels of culture. (EUR42, $16.95)

A Concise History of Hungary

A Concise History of Hungary


by Miklos Molnar | Anna Magyar

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 375 PAGES

The author, a Hungarian historian, narrates the history of Hungary from little-known origins to 1988, encompassing the Magyars, the Austro-Hungarian empire and the Soviet era. (HGR30, $31.99)

A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889

A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889


by Frederic Morton

  • HISTORY
  • 1980
  • PAPER
  • 340 PAGES

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. (AST16, $17.00)

Budapest 1900

Budapest 1900


by John Lukacs

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES

Written by a distinguished historian and native son, this richly detailed portrait of the city at its zenith includes hundreds of illustrations. (HGR01, $17.00)

Bury Me Standing

Bury Me Standing


by Isabel Fonseca

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 322 PAGES

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. (EUR09, $16.00)

Danube

Danube


by Claudio Magris

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

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. (EUR58, $17.00)

Germania, In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History

Germania, In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History


by Simon Winder

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Winder's witty, entertaining and opinionated portrait of German culture is both an illuminating history and a wonderfully digressive exploration of the powerful and often confounding nation. (GER270, $20.00)

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)

Baroque and Rococo Art

Baroque and Rococo Art


by Germain Bazin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

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. (EUR53, $21.95)

Beethoven, The Music and The Life


by Lewis Lockwood

  • MUSIC
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 604 PAGES

An insightful, engaging portrait of the man and especially his musical development, by a leading Beethoven scholar. (MUS40, $24.95)

Mozart, A Life

Mozart, A Life


by Maynard Solomon

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 640 PAGES

Solomon's celebrated biography tears down the "eternal child" Mozart myth, bringing to life the psychological depth of the musical genius. The book also illustrates life in 18th-century Salzburg. (AST06, $22.95)

The Danube

The Danube


by Nick Thorpe

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

Thorpe travels against the current on a year-long journey from the Black Sea to the Black Forest, mixing accounts of his daily morning swims with environmental research, archaeological observations and, especially, tales of the ferrymen and fisherman, shopkeepers, activists and others he meets along the way. (CEU47, $28.00)

Prague

Prague


by Arthur Phillips

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Don't be fooled by the title -- this engaging novel is set in Budapest. Five young American expats have settled themselves in what they consider the "second-best" eastern European city, where chance encounters and interactions determine how their lives will -- or won't -- be changed. (HGR29, $15.00)

The Radetzky March

The Radetzky March


by Joseph Roth | Joachim Neugroschel

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 331 PAGES

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. (AST17, $16.95)

The Third Man and the Fallen Idol

The Third Man and the Fallen Idol


by Graham Greene

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 157 PAGES

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. (AST30, $15.00)

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