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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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RHINE & DANUBE: AMSTERDAM TO BUDAPEST. Buy these 5 items as a set for $83 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

A Time of Gifts

CEU30
Patrick Leigh Fermor
NYRB
2005
384
1590171659
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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
$16.95

Mozart, A Life

AST120
Paul Johnson
Viking
2014
176
0143126067
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Fodor's Amsterdam's 25 Best

NTH16
Fodor's
Fodor's
2014
96
0804143269
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This slim guide to essential highlights includes an excellent map of the city center and can easily be slipped in your pocket.
$13.99

Lonely Planet Europe

EUR94
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
1248
1786571463
PAPER
Guidebook
1
0
0
0
Perfect for planning multi-week itineraries, Lonely Planet's coverage of Europe includes every nation. The full-color guide goes beyond simple highlights and provides reviews, cultural insights, insider tips and over 200 maps.
$26.99

Central Europe Map

EUR12
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
2010
1
3850842169
MAP
Reference
1/0/1900
0
0
0
0
This colorful regional European map, like the sister map Europe Grand Tour (EUR185), covers from Paris and Amsterdam to Vienna, Prague, Warsaw, Budapest, Rome and Dubrovnik.
$14.95

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Vienna

AST119
Michael Leidig
DK Publishing
2015
160
1465429115
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With handy pullout map.
$14.00

All Along the Rhine

GER111
Kay Shaw Nelson
Hippocrene Books
2003
211
0781810000
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
Subtitled "Recipes, Wine and Lore from Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and Holland" this tribute to the Rhine Valley complements its history and culture with 130 recipes.
$14.95

Prost! The Story of German Beer

GER99
Horst D. Dornbusch
National Book Network
1997
160
0937381551
PAPER
Food
0
1
0
0
The Munich-based aficionado weaves history and culture with the marvels and mysteries of German beer in this brief, authoritative guide.
$14.95

A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889

AST16
Frederic Morton
Viking
1980
340
014005667X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City

NTH143
Russell Shorto
Doubleday
2014
368
0307743756
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Russell Shorto opens this delightful ode to an adopted city with his daily journey, by bike of course, through his neighborhood to drop off his toddler son. He spins a tale of a diverse city wrestled from the sea, its coffee shops, canals and its personal
$17.00

Danube

EUR58
Claudio Magris
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2008
416
0374522456
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
1
0
0
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.
$17.00

Danubia, A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

CEU46
Simon Winder
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2015
576
1250062020
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Winder, author of Germania (GER270), considers the legacy of the Habsburg Europe in this charmingly digressive history and travelogue.
$20.00

The Danube, A Cultural History

EUR370
Andrew Beattie
Oxford University Press
2010
256
0199768358
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Beattie gives a comprehensive overview of the Danube’s role as a vital shipping artery and a uniting thread through the region’s turbulent history.
$17.95

The Germans

GER10
Gordon A. Craig
Meridian Books
1991
361
0452010853
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A gifted historian, Craig explores the paradoxes of German identity in this masterful portrait of German life, past and present, with chapters on religion, money, Jews, women, literature and society, Berlin and language.
$18.00

The Habsburgs, Dynasty, Culture and Politics

CEU51
Paula Sutter Fichtner
Reaktion Books
2014
288
1780232748
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
A concise chronicle of the 600-year Habsburg Empire, essential for those interested in European history. Fichtner reveals how the dynasty used propaganda, political maneuvering and public performance to maintain control over an array of cultures and ethnicities.
$39.00

The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire

AST11
Andrew Wheatcroft
Penguin Putnam
1995
384
0140236341
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs.
$18.00

The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Medieval World

EUR384
Andrew Jotischky
Penguin Putnam
2005
144
0141014490
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Richly decorated with photographs, illustrations and full-color maps, this compact atlas explores the empires, people, cultures and religions of the Middle Ages, providing an excellent introduction to European history.
$22.00

The Romani Gypsies

EUR470
Yaron Matras
Belknap Press
2014
320
067436838X
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Matras delves into the history of the Romani, an ancient and misunderstood European culture that has survived through modern times.
$29.95

The Undutchables

NTH12
Colin White
White Boucke Publishing
2010
308
188858047X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A laugh-out-loud, irreverent guide to Dutch character and habits, including how to drink coffee and why you shouldn't even think about haggling over prices.
$16.00

When in Germany, Do as the Germans Do

GER149
Hyde Flippo
McGraw-Hill
2002
176
0844225533
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A humorous and helpful guide to getting along in Germany, informing travelers on everything from proper restaurant etiquette to how to behave in social situations and how best to appear like a local.
$15.95

A Worldly Art

NTH46
Mariet Westermann
Yale University Press
2005
208
0300107234
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This appreciative analysis of Dutch art in its Golden Age (1585-1718) features 100 exemplary illustrations by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch, Frans Hals and other Old Masters.
$26.50

Between the Woods and the Water

CEU31
Patrick Leigh Fermor
NYRB
2005
320
1590171667
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this sequel to A Time of Gifts (CEU30), Leigh Fermor's classic account of his adventure on foot to Constantinople in 1933, Paddy relates his youthful travels in Hungary and Romania, culminating with his arrival at the Iron Gates on the Danube.
$15.95

The Diary of a Young Girl, The Definitive Edition

NTH05
Anne Frank
Doubleday
1995
340
0385480334
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The classic story of an adolescent Jewish girl's life and thoughts while in hiding with her family in Nazi-occupied Holland. A new edition with added material.
$13.95

Amsterdam, A Traveler's Literary Companion

NTH33
Manfred Wolf (Editor)
Whereabouts Press
2001
238
188351309x
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Organized by district, these 17 contemporary short stories by modern Dutch writers, including Cees Nooteboom and Geert Mak, are set amid the canals, cafes and neighborhoods of Amsterdam.
$13.95

Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine

EUR439
Lewis Spence
Dover Publications
2011
432
0486288706
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
These classic tales, first published in 1915, introduce Odin, Brunhild, Lorelei, Siegfried and a host of mythic figures associated with the magic and mystery of the Rhine. Organized by chapter from source to sea, the map, illustrations and introductory chapters on history, geography and people set the stage for a river cruise.
$17.95

The Lighthouse

GER414
Alison Moore
Consortium
2017
192
1771961457
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Futh, a middle-aged, recently separated man heads to Germany for a restorative walking holiday. During his circular walk along the Rhine, he contemplates the formative moments of his childhood. At the end of the week, Futh returns to what he sees as the s
$14.95

The Radetzky March

AST17
Joseph Roth, Joachim Neugroschel (Translator)
Overlook Press
2002
331
1585673269
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

The Third Man and The Fallen Idol

AST30
Graham Greene
Penguin
1992
157
014018533X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.00

Vienna, A Traveler's Literary Companion

AST94
Donald Daviau
Whereabouts Press
2008
256
1883513103
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

Birds of Europe

FG47
Lars Svensson
Princeton University Press
2010
416
0691143927
PAPER
Field Guide
0
1
0
0
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.
$29.95

More Books

The Hungarians, A Thousand Years of Victory in Defeat

HGR32
Paul Lendvai, Ann Major (Translator)
Princeton University Press
2004
664
0691119694
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A journalist who fled Hungary in 1957, Lendvai combines history, scholarship and anecdote in this uncommonly engaging account. With verve and authority, he covers the struggle of the Magyars' against the Tartars, Turks and Russians over the past millennium.
$42.00

Frommer's Vienna Day by Day

AST102
Teresa Fisher
Frommer's
2016
192
1628873043
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With hand-picked recommendations and highlights, this compact guide offers the "must see" attractions of Vienna for a shorter visit.
$13.95

The Accidental Empress

AST128
Allison Pataki
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2015
512
147679474X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Full of rich period details, this historical novel focuses on Empress Sisi who, after marrying her sister’s fiance, goes on to endure a difficult, uneasy life as the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph.
$16.99

The Idea of Europe: An Essay

EUR476
George Steiner
Overlook Press
2015
48
1468310240
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Acclaimed critic George Steiner considers the unity and diversity of a continent full of contradiction and muses on the uncertain future of the ever-changing region in this brilliant yet concise essay.
$20.00

Hungarian Wine

HGR85
Robert Smyth
Blue Guides
2015
256
1905131682
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Subtitled "A Tasting Trip to the New Old World," this wine tourism guide was penned by a Budapest resident and wine writer. Visiting the country’s many wine regions, Smyth descends into rock-hewn cellars, meets winemakers, tastes and makes well-informed recommendations.
$17.95

Lonely Planet Pocket Budapest

HGR86
Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
160
1786570289
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide to the city of Budapest that fits in your pocket, with the top sites, the best walks, food, art, shopping, views, nightlife and more. Includes pull-out city map.
$13.99

The Color of Smoke, An Epic Novel of the Roma

EUR492
Menyhert Lakatos
Steerforth Press
2015
480
0985062347
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
First published in Hungarian in 1975, this epic novel provides both a sweeping glance of World War II-era rural Hungary and an intimate glimpse into the interior life of an adolescent coming of age within the harsh but resolutely light-hearted Roma community.
$17.95

In Europe's Shadow

EUR494
Robert D. Kaplan
Random House
2016
336
0812986628
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this engaging personal account of more than three decades of visits to Romania, prolific writer and journalist Kaplan presents a comprehensive portrait of an often overlooked country, which he argues is key to understanding Europe as a whole.
$18.00

The Habsburg Empire, A New History

CEU56
Pieter M. Judson
Harvard University Press
2016
480
0674047761
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
With a fresh approach to the Habsburgs' legacy, this panoramic history revises commonly held perspectives on the empire's effectiveness and its echoes in Europe today.
$35.00

Only In Budapest

HGR89
Duncan J. D. Smith
Interlink Publishing Group
2015
244
395036627X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Featuring Budapest's curious attractions and the stories behind them, this erudite guide in the Only In series is an entertaining read that will surprise travelers and locals alike. With plenty of full-color illustrations.
$22.95

Only In Vienna

AST139
Duncan J. D. Smith
Interlink Publishing Group
2015
256
3950366261
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Featuring Vienna's curious attractions and the stories behind them, this erudite guide in the Only In series is an entertaining read that will surprise travelers and locals alike. With plenty of full-color illustrations.
$22.95

Interlink Cultural Guide Frankfurt

GER387
Brian Melican
Interlink Publishing Group
2016
224
1566560829
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This cultural guide uncovers the rich traditions in Frankfurt's art, music, literature, philosophy and more. Often called "A capital without a country," Frankfurt is a major center of European culture and home to many festivals, the writer Goethe and the birthplace of "Eurodance."
$17.00

Mozart

AST43
Peter Gay
Penguin Putnam
2006
177
0670882380
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.00

For Kids

Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates

NTH40
Mary Mapes Dodge
Aladdin Books
2002
256
0689849095
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The beloved 1865 children's book, exhaustive in its detail of daily life in 19th-century Holland. The impoverished Brinker children yearn for a pair of silver skates, but they must make do with skates of wood -- unless Hans can win the annual skating competition.
$17.95

Upon the Head of the Goat, A Childhood in Hungary, 1939-1944

HGR24
Aranka Siegal
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2003
224
0374480796
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
This spare memoir of a Jewish girlhood in a German-occupied Hungarian town won its author a Newbery Honor citation. Its serious subject and introspective tone are recommended for sophisticated young adults.
$8.99

The Good Master

HGR25
Kate Seredy
Puffin
1986
196
014030133X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
First published in the 1930s, this novel tells of two cousins who ride horses across the Hungarian plains, encountering shepherds and gypsies en route. It's all marvelously evocative of the folk customs and lifestyles of old Hungary. Ages 9-12.
$7.99

The Singing Tree

HGR26
Kate Seredy
Penguin Putnam
1990
247
0140345434
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The sequel to "The Good Master," in which cousins Jancsi and Kate are now older -- and Hungary (and all of 1914 Europe) are on the brink of war.
$7.99

The White Stag

HGR27
Kate Seredy
Penguin Putnam
1979
96
0140312587
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Kate Seredy drew on oral traditions and folklore for this gripping novella about the Huns' and Magyars' fifth-century migration from Asia to Central Europe. It won her a Newbery Medal in 1938. Ages 9 to 12.
$5.99

The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm

GER144
Lore Segal (Translator), Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2003
368
0374339716
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
A new edition of a revered classic (hard-bound with dust jacket and built-in bookmark), distinguished by the choice of tales, sharp translation and, of course, Sendak's haunting illustrations.
$28.00

The Star of Kazan

CEU24
Eva Ibbotson, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
Dutton Inc.
2006
404
0525473475
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A delightful young adult adventure that twists and turns through fin-de-siecle Vienna. Annika, a foundling taken in by a household of eccentric professors and kind hearted servants, is enchanted by the spectacle of Vienna and the simple pleasures of domestic chores. Her life is turned upside-down when her aristocratic mother unexpectedly reappears in her life and sweeps her off to live in a castle in Germany.
$8.99

Eyewitness Castle

EUR335
Christopher Gravett
DK Publishing
2008
72
0756637694
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Take a look behind the walls of these fascinating fortresses and learn how they were built to house hundreds of people and animals; how a young boy rose from lowly page to noble knight; and what life was like for the castle residents. With a CD of clip art and a poster.
$16.99

Europe, A True Book

EUR336
Sandra Newman
Children's Press
2009
48
0531218295
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Part of the True Book series, this illustrated, readable volume geared toward ages 9 to 12 introduces children to the geography and diverse cultures of Europe.
$6.95

Amanda on the Danube, The Sounds of Music

EUR512
Darlene Foster
Independent Publishers Group
2016
128
1771681020
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
As she heads down the Danube, 12-year-old Amanda Ross is enchanted by what she sees and hears. Her river journey gets even more exciting when a musician in Germany entrusts her with a unique and mysterious violin. Written for ages 10 to 14.
$8.95