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Austria

Austria

The hills of Austria are alive with the sound of music! Travelers to Salzburg and Vienna can deepen their appreciation for Mozart with Paul Johnson's insightful biography. And of course, no trip to Austria is complete without at least a cursory knowledge of the Habsburg dynasty; read up on the eccentric monarchs and their convoluted family tree in one of our many fascinating histories on Bavaria, Bohemia and beyond.

Follow the links below to see recommended reading for each destination.

The Longitude Blog – Austria
The Alps
ALP51In his entertaining new history, Stephen O'Shea drives 500 miles through the Alps, crossing six countries while musing on the historic personalities who braved the forbidding range, including Napoleon, Hitler and James Bond. His account, The Alps, begins with the idea of the sublime and the Romantics who championed it--artists and writers whose works evoked the beauty and terror of the Alps. O’Shea himself admits to a fear of heights and carefully chronicles each hairpin turn as he snakes his way from Geneva to Trieste through dizzying high passes in his shiny muscle car.
Walking the Woods and the Water
In 1933 Patrick Leigh Fermor walked across Europe, from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. Forty years later he would record the trip -- an insightful glance into pre-WWII Europe -- in his famous trilogy, beginning with A Time of Gifts. Now readers can return to his route through the travels of Nick Hunt, who began his own "great trudge" in 2011, walking in the footsteps of Fermor through eight countries and capturing, in his new book
The Wachau Valley
Kindly contributed by Nick Hunt, author of Walking the Woods and the Water. In 1933 Patrick Leigh Fermor walked across Europe, from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. Forty years later he would record the trip in his famous trilogy, beginning with A Time of Gifts. Now readers can return to his route through the travels of Nick Hunt, who began his own "great trudge" in 2011, walking in the footsteps of Fermor through eight countries and capturing a modern day version of the unexpected hospitality and exhilarating freedom of the open road.