Two Saturdays: February 27th and March 6th, 2021
Visitors to cities on the Danube are captivated by their architecture, music, and ambience. Not always peaceful, there were periods beginning with the Battle of Mohacs that brought the Hungarian Kingdom under Ottoman rule: the Siege of Vienna by Suleyman the Magnificent in 1526, and another siege by Kara Mustapha in 1623. (Ottoman occupation introduced paprika, coffee houses, and bath houses.) We will meet the major actors in this drama from Alexander the Great, the Romans, and others, and learn what was so important about the Danube that flows from the Black Forest in Germany to the Black Sea. We visit Passau, Linz, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade, and a few surprises.
Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and has led study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been favorites for years.