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SIMPLICISSIMUS REISEN
SLOVAKIA CULTURE TOURS 1000 YEARS OF CENTRAL EUROPE

Following the footsteps of the baroque novel “Ungarischer oder Dacianscher Simplicissimus (Hungarian or Dacian Simplicissimus)”.

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Wandering along the roads, places and experiences described by Daniel Georg Speer together with reading excerpts from his travel novel, as well as with a concert from the repertoire of his musical compositions

Cultural tour

KR SIM 8

The anonymous work “Ungarischer oder Dacianscher Simplicissimus” was published in 1683 for the first time. Current historians and music scientists agree that its author was Daniel Georg Speer, who was born in the Silesian town Wroclaw in 1636 and whose life and work we know also from the times after he settled down in northern Germany after 1660.

Even before that the so called “Schelmenromane (picaresque novels)” were popular in France and Spain, but its most popular older brother is the famous German baroque novel “Abenteuerlicher Simplicissimus (The Adventurous Simplicissimus)” written by Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen.

This cultural tour is a combination of appreciation of the landscape, both shorter and more demanding walks around the places where Simplicissimus was wandering in 1654 – 1660, as well as sightseeing of historical monuments in the towns and villages where he was staying. For each part of the travel through the country, before each preserved attraction, we will listen to a particular part of the novel (in the German original) corresponding to that particular place. Dramatic, often witty and extremely interesting insights and experiences from the above mentioned literary work are of an immense historical value. A substantial part of the novel – encounters with the outlaws, the life of the bourgeois society, of the musicians, students, as well as simple people, the description of towns, his adventures in the battles at the front line, i.e. on the border with the Ottoman Empire in Hungary – takes part in the territory of present Slovakia.

At places which we will visit listening to this 350-year old text, there are preserved up to the present time many monuments of great artistic, historical and ethnological values, and, of course, we will also listen to the current interpretation of an art historian. In the cities of Kežmarok, Podolínec, Levoča, Spišská Kapitula, Sabinov, Bardejov, Prešov, Košice and Banská Štiavnica we will see distinguished monuments of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance arts. On the northern, as well as southern parts, of the Tatras we will see remarkable folk architecture.

Itinerary


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Saturday: Meeting in Vienna train station Westbahnhof at 16:00. Bus transfer to a hotel in the mountain range Malá Fatra (Lesser Fatra). Reading of short excerpts from the first chapters of the novel, in which Simplicissimus describes his life from his childhood in Wroclaw, his serving, studies, service for a Polish aristocrat up to his decision to travel to Hungary for further studies.

Sunday: Departure in the direction of Upper Orava in Poland, visiting thethe Open Air Museum in Zubrzyca Gorna and travel through the villages of Podhalie. Reading about the travels of Simplicissimus in a group of students, encounters with the outlaws, about the situation and life of villagers and townspeople in Nowy Targ. Travel by bus through the Tatras (Javorina) into Kežmarok. Short walks on the route and reading of the chapter from the novel called “How Simplicissimus travelled together with other students and their guide through the Large Carpathian mountain range to Spiš and what happened along the journey”.

Monday: Visit to the unique and valuable monuments in the city of Kežmarok following the descriptions in the novel. A short excursion to the monuments of the town of Podolínec, to which the catholic students from the wandering group were travelling. In the afternoon, a trip to the villages in the region of Liptov – Liptovský Ján, the open air museum in Pribylina, the city of Liptovský Mikuláš, chalet in the Žiarska dolina (Žiar valley). Wonderful descriptions of this region and of the people living there can be found in the novel.

Tuesday: A trip to the High Tatras. Reading parts of the novel where this adventure is described. The hiking part of the trip is adjusted to the condition of our clients and weather conditions (hike towards the Chalet at the Green Tarn (chata pri Zelenom plese), ascent by a funicular to the Lomnický peak (Lomnický štít), adjacent to the peak to which Simplicissimus ascended, Museum of the Tatra National Park, meeting and discussion with a historian and a natural scientist).

Wednesday: Continuing of the travel around cities and places where Simplicissimus studied and passed by. Appalling and thrilling experience with the outlaws. Reading of excerpts from the novel of what he experienced there – Levoča, Spišská Kapitula, Spiš castle, the “dwarfs’ gorge”, the town of Sabinov. Sightseeing.

Thursday: Visiting the monuments of the city of Bardejov. Visit to the city of Prešov with its dramatic history (also seen in the descriptions of Simplicissimus) and the arrival in Košice. Evening concert of the compositions written by Simplicissimus – Daniel Georg Speer – from the collected works “Musikalisch-Türkisher Eulenspiegel“ (Musical-Turkish Trickster), about which the author himself wrote that their musical origins come from Levoča, Prešov, as well as from Hungarian, Polish, Ruthenian and Cossack dances.

Friday: Travel in the path of Simplicissimus in the Tokaj region to the southeast of Košice, his participation in battles with the Turks, imprisonment in the Turkish fortress in the town of Tokaj. In the evening – tasting of the famous wines.

Saturday: On the way to Bratislava visit to the Krásna Hôrka castle with typical anti-Turkish fortification and visit to Banská Štiavnica, a mining town also visited by Simplicissimus. Similarly to him we will go down into the mine with a historical mining exposition. Accommodation in this mining town.

Sunday: In the morning return by bus to Vienna. Individual departures.

Service package:

The price of the tour covers:

  • A qualified guiding service
  • Expert guiding by a renowned art-historian
  • Travel from Vienna, around Slovakia and back to Vienna in a comfortable bus.
  • 8x accommodation in double and single rooms at three/four star hotels and guesthouses
  • Full board in carefully selected stylish restaurants - 8x breakfast, 7x lunch, 8x dinner
  • Entrance fees (except Group tours and VIP tours)

The price of the tour does not include the following:

  • drinks
  • voluntary contributions
  • insurance
  • charges for taking pictures in museums and monuments
  • individual transportation from the residence to the point of departure (except Group tours and VIP tours)

Tour price

The price for the tour KR SIM8 is 897 Euro per person in double room,

Extra charge for a single room is 178 Euro.

For tours of the type Group tours and VIP tours the price is calculated individually

Dates

Dates for groups – by appointment

Dates for VIP – by appointment

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