When I was planning a week in Vienna, my mother recommended I read the book The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss. A gripping tale of the history of a family – the Ephrussi family – and their often forced travels through the cities of Europe.
On my first full day in Vienna I visited their former city palace: Palais Ephrussi. With the story in my mind, I walked around the city looking at its history with different eyes.
Like my mother, I recommend this book to visitors of Vienna, but remember not to stay in the past, because this city and the author’s family certainly have not.