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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. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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Essential Reading Package-EXEUR905

Buy these 5 items as a set for $91 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

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

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 of time and experience gives the book particular poignancy.
$16.95

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

Lonely Planet Europe

EUR94
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
1248
1743214693
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.
$29.99

Europe Map

EUR74
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2015
1
2067170112
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A one-sided map of all of Europe, as far east as Russia and western Turkey, at a scale of 1:3,000,000.
$12.95

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

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

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
1
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 personalities and politics, with panache.
$17.00

Budapest 1900

HGR01
John Lukacs
Grove Press
1994
255
0802132502
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Written by a distinguished historian and native son, this richly detailed portrait of the city at its zenith includes hundreds of illustrations.
$17.00

Bury Me Standing

EUR09
Isabel Fonseca
Vintage Books
1996
322
067973743X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

In Search of Dracula

EUR193
Raymond McNally
Lightning Source
1999
297
0395657830
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This history of Vlad Tepes (AKA Vlad the Impaler), the Romanian warrior prince and inspiration for Bram Stoker’s infamous blood-drinking count, draws on oral histories and archaeological evidence and also examines Dracula’s many incarnations in film and literature.
$18.95

Just a Bite, A Transylvania Vampire Expert's Short History of the Undead

EUR443
Istvan Pivarcsi
Steerforth Press
2012
291
0982578148
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Based on his experiences spent in the lands of vampire legend, Transylvania, Istvan Pivarcsi explores the fascinating development of the modern-day vampire from its sources in Transylvanian oral tradition.
$14.95

Nuremberg, Infamy on Trial

GER106
Joseph E. Persico
Penguin Putnam
1995
544
014016622X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A narrative history of the Nazi war crime trials in Nuremberg. Persico poignantly portrays the numerous characters and events surrounding the proceedings. Well-informed and engrossing.
$17.00

The German Way

GER12
Hyde Flippo
McGraw-Hill
1997
138
0844225134
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe

EUR138
Dennis Hupchick, Harold Cox
Springer
2001
130
0312239858
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The changing borders and complex history of Eastern Europe as told through 52 maps and accompanying essays, organized chronologically. An excellent reference, the book shows the rise of Poland, changing borders of the Ottoman Empire, Hapsburgs and fate of Yugoslavia in admirable clarity.
$32.99

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 Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

MED07
Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
Thames & Hudson UK
2010
175
0500300526
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a chronology.
$15.95

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

EUR190
Robert A. Scott
University of California Press
2005
294
0520246802
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches.
$26.95

All Rivers Run to the Sea

EUR153
Elie Wiesel
Schocken Books
1996
464
0805210288
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel recounts his remarkable life, from his childhood in Romania to the horrors of Auschwitz, his days as a young writer in post-war France and New York and his many pilgrimages to Israel.
$16.95

Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History

BLK02
Robert D. Kaplan
Picador USA
2005
307
0312424930
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Kaplan interweaves history, art and culture with his travels through Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece in this regional portrait. Named one of the best of 1993 by the New York Times.
$20.00

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

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

The Broken Road, From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos

EUR416
Patrick Leigh Fermor
NYRB
2015
384
1590177797
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Assembled from Leigh Fermor’s manuscripts by friend and biographer Artemis Cooper, with the travel writer Colin Thubron, this is perhaps the most personal of all Leigh Fermor’s books, catching up with young Paddy in the fall of 1934 and following him through Bulgaria and Romania to the coast of the Black Sea.
$17.95

The Improbable Voyage

EUR156
Tristan Jones
Sheridan House
1998
332
1574090623
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.50

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

Dracula

EUR125
Bram Stoker
Penguin
2003
520
014143984X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The vampire novel that started it all, based on the legend of "Vlad the Impaler." The gothic shocker is set within the dank castles and misty forests of Transylvania and the foggy streets and staid country houses of Victorian England.
$11.00

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

More Books

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

The Blue Flower

GER21
Penelope Fitzgerald
Mariner Books
2014
320
0395859972
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

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

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

EUR42
Marina Polvay
Hippocrene Books
2002
360
0781808065
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
A cookbook full of classic recipes from Central Europe, with some valuable morsels of culture.
$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

The Balkans, A Short History

BLK28
Mark Mazower
Modern Library
2002
188
081296621X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
With eloquence and clarity, Mazower addresses issues of geography, nationalism and nation in this indispensable survey.
$16.00

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

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

For Kids

The Trumpeter of Krakow

PLD12
Eric Philbrook Kelly, Janina Domanska
Aladdin Books
1992
208
0689715714
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A children's story about a young boy in medieval Krakow.
$7.99

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

Golem

CZH38
David Wisniewski, Lee Salsberry (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Company
2007
32
0618894241
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A retelling of a Jewish legend, set in Prague in the 16th century, a dark time for the city's Jewish residents. A rabbi builds a clay giant to protect his people from persecution; the golem, in this version, speaks with a child's simplicity. The remarkable paper-cutout illustrations brilliantly evoke the Prague of old. Ages 7-10.
$7.99

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

Vincent Van Gogh, Portrait of an Artist

NTH60
Sandra Jordan, Jan Greenberg
2003
144
0440419174
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A compassionate, unsensationalistic biography, well written and geared for kids ages 9-12. With an eight-page insert of color reproductions.
$6.99

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