This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Central Europe guide provides a selection of literature to get you in the mood for your trip.
Pin this image Alpine Points of View: A Collection of Images of the Alps (2004), by Kev Reynolds, entices armchair travellers with engaging short text and stunning photos.
Pin this image Routledge Companion to Central and Eastern Europe since 1919 (2008), by Adrian Webb, should help clear the cobwebs of confusion surrounding recent history.
Pin this image Between Past and Future: The Roma of Central and Eastern Europe (2002), by Will Guy, comprises essays examining the fate, and speculating on the future of, one of Europe’s most maligned and fascinating ethnic groups.
Pin this image Court, Cloister & City: The Art and Culture of Central Europe, 1450– 1800 (1997), by Thomas Kaufmann, provides a multilayered context for all those museums, castles and monasteries.
Pin this image National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe (2007), by Ruth Ellen Gruber, is the perfect companion piece for anyone travelling in the area in search of lost and remaining Jewish culture.
More travel literature reading lists for other destinations can be found here.