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Between the Woods and the Water

Between the Woods and the Water

by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Fermor continues with youthful adventures in Hungary and Romania, culminating with his arrival at the Iron Gates on the Danube. (CEU31, $15.95)

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

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)

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)

Germany, Benelux, Austria, Czech Republic Map

Germany, Benelux, Austria, Czech Republic Map

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2012
  • MAP

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. (EUR100, $12.95)

 
Vienna Map

Vienna Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2008
  • MAP

A handy laminated map of the city center. (AST31, $9.95)

Bradt Guide Budapest

Bradt Guide Budapest


by Adrian Phillips

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A practical city guide in the popular British series. (HGR59, $19.99)

Bradt Guide Serbia

Bradt Guide Serbia


by Laurence Mitchell

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A practical guide in the popular series with good information on transportation, historical sites, and accommodations, with an extended section on Belgrade, the capital city, and a separate chapter on Kosovo. (BLK67, $25.99)

Eyewitness Guide Vienna

Eyewitness Guide Vienna


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Take along this handy, compact guide featuring history, culture, color photography and excellent neighborhood maps. (AST01, $23.00)

Food Wine Budapest

Food Wine Budapest


by Carolyn Banfalvi

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 343 PAGES

This practical guide to Hungarian cuisine includes essential vocabulary lists, trips to the wine regions, restaurant reviews and good descriptions of typical dishes. (HGR57, $24.95)

Wallpaper City Guide Basel

Wallpaper City Guide Basel


by Wallpaper Magazine Editors

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

This sleek city guide focuses on art, design and architecture, with recommendations on where to eat, sleep and drink, as well as featured neighborhood and local shopping destinations all conveniently marked in tabbed sections. (SWZ53, $9.95)

Wallpaper City Guide Strasbourg

Wallpaper City Guide Strasbourg


by Wallpaper City Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

This pocket guide highlights all that is stylish about the French city that hosts Europe's parliament. (FRA07, $9.95)

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)

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)

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)

A World Lit Only By Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance, Portrait of an Age

A World Lit Only By Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance, Portrait of an Age


by William Manchester

  • HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 322 PAGES

Organized into sections on the Renaissance, Reformation and Discovery, Manchester's popular history evokes in vivid detail the great figures and daily life of the 16th century, including Henry VIII, Magellan, Borgia, da Vinci and Martin Luther. (EUR06, $16.00)

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)

Belgrade, A Cultural History

Belgrade, A Cultural History


by David Norris

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

An illuminating tour of the ancient city, its many influences, traditions and culture. (BLK131, $17.95)

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)

Economic and Social History of Medieval Europe

Economic and Social History of Medieval Europe


by Henri Pirenne

  • HISTORY
  • 1956
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Pirenne, an important economic historian, traces the economic and social development of Western Europe from the end of the Roman Empire to the middle of the 15th century in this classic book, first published in 1936. (EUR18, $15.95)

La Place de la Concorde Suisse

La Place de la Concorde Suisse


by John McPhee

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 150 PAGES

McPhee deploys his usual insight and wonderful prose on the phenomenon of the Switzerland army to present an irreverent portrait of Switzerland and the Swiss mindset. (SWZ14, $16.00)

The Austrians, A Thousand-Year Odyssey

The Austrians, A Thousand-Year Odyssey


by Gordon Brook-Shepherd

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

Detailed, impressively researched and readable, this book is a wide-ranging narrative history of the last 1,000 years of Austria and the Austrian character. (AST10, $23.00)

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 Rhine: An Eco-Biography, 1815-2000

The Rhine: An Eco-Biography, 1815-2000


by Mark Cioc | William Cronon

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 263 PAGES

A scholarly, well-researched environmental history of the Rhine, particularly its role in European economic and national history over the last 200 years. (GER130, $24.95)

The Thirty Years' War

The Thirty Years' War


by Geoffrey Parker

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES

A scholarly history of the major European conflict of the 17th century. Among the outcomes were the annexation of Alsace by France, the annexation of Pomerania by Sweden and the legalization of Calvinism in Germany. (EUR115, $45.95)

Why Switzerland?

Why Switzerland?


by Jonathan Steinberg

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

A masterly overview of the idiosyncrasies of Switzerland, its history, language, politics and identity as a naysayer at the center of Europe. (SWZ04, $39.99)

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)

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)

A Tramp Abroad

A Tramp Abroad


by Mark Twain | David Eggers | Kerry Driscoll

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Written 11 years after Innocents Abroad, this is Twain's second foray into European travel. Filled with his characteristic wit and humorous observations, it documents his journeys through Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy. Now with an introduction by Dave Eggers. (EUR78, $16.00)

Ludwig II of Bavaria, The Swan King

Ludwig II of Bavaria, The Swan King


by Christopher McIntosh

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 331 PAGES

This lively biography of King Ludwig II, builder of the wild castles of Bavaria, chronicles in fascinating detail Ludwig's rise to the throne at age 18, his devotion to music and architecture and his death under questionable circumstances at the age of 41. (GER27, $18.00)

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)

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)

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)

The Night Manager

The Night Manager


by John Le Carre

  • LITERATURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 473 PAGES

This best-selling, post-Cold War thriller about ruthless arms dealers in Geneva is a gripping read. Carrying on the great Le Carre tradition of espionage, a man who essentially gave up living after a tremendous failure is given a costly shot at redemption. (SWZ06, $7.99)

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)

A Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe

A Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe


by Guy Mountfort

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A classic field guide in the Peterson series. (EUR15, $25.00)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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