Course Description

Our visit to the historic centre of Vienna will allow us to experience three key periods of European cultural and political development ? the Middle Ages, the Baroque period, and the Gründerzeit. The city?s urban centre and architectural details are exceptionally well preserved allowing us a visit to a bygone era.The Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn of the Baroque Princely residential ensemble are especially well preserved and present a fusion of many of the various art forms of the period.

The Wachau is a stretch of the Danube Valley between Melk and Krems and again, preserved intact, provides in visible form many traces of its evolution since prehistoric times in terms of architecture, (monasteries, castles, ruins), urban design and agricultural use, principally for the cultivation of vines.

Situated on the banks of the Vltava River, the town of Ceský Krumlov was built around a 13th century castle. It retains Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. It is an outstanding example of a small central European medieval town whose architectural heritage has remained intact thanks to its peaceful evolution over more than five centuries.

Salzburg is an important example of a European ecclesiastical city-state with a remarkable number of high-quality buildings, both secular and ecclesiastical. The buildings range from the late middle ages to the 20th century. The city is noted for its association with the arts, in particular with music in the person of its famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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