Just finished reading Vienna: Crossroads of Civilization: A History of Vienna by Angus Robertson in preperation for a trip to Vienna in October. I highly recommend it if you are going to Vienna. It provides great and interesting details on not just the history of Vienna, Austria, and the Hapsburg Empire, but aslo details about the people who made that history.
Glad to see you made an effort to learn about Vienna prior to your visit , not many make that effort . Since you hae gone this far , here are two sources that will increase your grasp to even higher levels - This ninety minute video , written and presented by Joseph Koerner of Harvard , is marvelous , and poetic in its delivery . Its a favorite of mine - https://youtu.be/AFZBOTgL_Hk? Also , since you have a grasp of the underlying history , this book , which consists of seven essays about Vienna at the turn of the 20th Century goes into great depth in explaining what you will see there . The essays are stand alone , and you can read them all . or several ., and in no particular order if you wish . I hope you enjoy these sources - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin-de-si%C3%A8cle_Vienna
Thank you. I look forward to viewing/reading these two recommendations.
What do you suggest for Prague?
James , Sorry to be so brief , but just on my way out to the airport for an early AM flight to The UK . . Lots to see in Prague ( The old Jewish Quarter , a great deal of Art Nouveau Architecture and design throughout the city ( Make sure to visit The Municipal House ( Obecni Dom ) The church of Sts Cyril and Methodius ( the site where the Czech resistance fighters were cornered after they assassinated Reinhard Heydrich during the second world war . . I'll try to write from Liverpool if you have more questions , my best , Steve
Thanks. To clarify, I'm looking for book suggestions.
For Prague , this story is intriguing , to say the least - " Seven Men at Daybreak " by Alan Burgess . Also while there are several films on this subject , I lean toward the 1975 film , "Operation Anthropoid " , stars Timothy Bottoms , Anthony Andrews , and Martin Shaw . Not to be forgotten as well , the German actor , Anton Diffring .