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Alumni Travel Reading 2018-2019: Great Journey Through Europe


Covered footbridge with tower over lake

Lucerne. Courtesy of


Explore in Print before You Arrive in Person

Travels through Europe

Travels through Germany, Bohemia, Hungary, Switzerland, Italy, and Lorrain. Giving a true and just description of the present state of those countries ... By John George Keysler. Find all Four volumes and read  text online at

Great Journey Through Europe

Pointed snowy mountain behind town in valley

The Matterhorn overlooking Zermatt. Courtesy of

“This extraordinary 11-day ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe features five nights aboard the Deluxe Amadeus Fleet. Travel through Switzerland, France, Germany, and The Netherlands, cruising the most scenic sections of the Rhine River. Spend two nights each in Lucerne and Zermatt, enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne, and ride aboard three legendary railways — the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway; the Glacier Express from Lucerne to Zermatt; and the Gornergrat Bahn, for breathtaking views of the Matterhorn.” 


Selected and Annoted By:
Vickie Marre Karasic
Librarian for French Language and Literature
and Managing Librarian for the Weigle Information Commons


Emily Benenhaley
Administrative Assistant

For more information about the Penn excursion, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel website.


Train coming out of tunnel onto high bridge in mountains

Glacier Express. Courtesy of

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Letters of the Right Honourable Lady M--y W---y M----e, written during her travels in Europe, Asia and Africa, to persons of distinction, men of letters, etc. in different parts...Published in 1796. Find it in Peruse the print original in the Library's Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Food & Drink

Poetry and Fiction

Project Gutenberg's Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, by Heinrich Heine; Trans. Emma Lazarus (1881).

Heinrich Heine was one of the most influential German poets of the 19th century. Heine is most well known for his lyrical poetry, including his poem aboutthe legend of the Lorelei, a siren of the Lorelei Rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine. Project Gutenberg offers free access to Emma Lazarus’s
translation of Heine’s poetry (“The Lorelei” can be found in Section II “Homeward Bound,” pp. 58-59). 


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