|HERZERL TOURS PRESENTS|
NOT A TOURIST BUT A TRAVELER
Photo by Dagmar Veselkova. Courtesy of Czech Tourism.
|Three Imperial Sisters – Budapest, Prague and Vienna
Let me tell you about three sisters – three Imperial sisters – different and yet similar: Budapest, Prague and Vienna. Three cities partially connected by a river and overwhelmingly through the centuries by a monarchy – lots of similarities, yet great differences as for example in language: Vienna - Germanic, Prague - Slavic and Budapest - Uralic.
Just listen to this: in cities only four hours driving distances apart you say for please and thank you: in Vienna bitte and danke (Germanic), in Budapest: kerek and köszenöm (Uralic), and in Prague prosim and dekuji (Slavic). Amazing.
And what makes them similar – geography – each city is located on a major river that has been inspiration to composers over the centuries; history that weaves the Habsburg monarchy through all three, think wars and marriages. What separated and then connected them again through the centuries – I said marriages – tu felix Austria nube.
Highlight for 2017 is the 300th anniversary of Empress Maria Theresa of Habsburg – a true “connection” - she was not only the Empress of Austria, she was also Queen of Hungary and Queen of Bohemia while she did all this active ruling she also had sixteen children of which ten lived into adulthood – an amazing woman.
All this makes for an interesting travel experience into history, culture and cuisine. And as the three sisters are geographically fairly close, they can easily be visited in an extended week.
So we have created a tour to visit the three sisters. Yes – I hear you – you have been to Budapest, you have been to Prague and Vienna – That is good because that has prepared you for this tour – a tour created by an Austrian native with Hungarian and Bohemian ancestry - much experience in the “Monarchy”. So now you will not be a tourist – you will be a traveler.
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