In 1880, when the genius was under a year old, Einstein's parents moved him to Munich. There his father and paternal uncle set up an electrician's shop. At that age, Einstein was far too young to indulge in the festivities of Oktoberfest, the world's largest beer festival; but that doesn't mean you are! Stay at the Hotel Torbräu, the oldest hotel in Munich, because it existed while Einstein was there!
In 1894, Einstein's family moved to Milan for papa Hermann Einstein's work, and left the boy in Munich to finish school at the Luitpold-Gymansium. But frustrated by the inflexible education system, Einstein joined his family in Milan. If you're there, you've got to see the Duomo, or the Milan Cathedral, which is so old.
In 1896, Einstein finally passes an entrance exam to the Polytechnic in Zurich, where he takes up study. The university is often ranked as one of the finest and most outstanding in the world, and has produced ”” directly or indirectly ”” 21 Nobel Prize winners. The main building, which still retains the fin-de-siecle feel, was designed by Gottfried Semper, one of the period's most important architects. Check it out!
While you're in Switzerland, you might as well skip over to Bern, where Einstein lived for a number of years. In the city, you can check out Einsteinhaus, the actual residence he rented from 1903 to 1905. You can then cool off in the Swiss Alps, where Einstein was known to walk and kibbutz with his friends.
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In 1911, Einstein was awarded a full-time professorship at the German University of Prague, in what was then Czechoslovakia. After checking out the university, walk around Stare Mesto or Prague's Old Town for a romantic retreat still within the city limits.
In 1922, Einstein gave lectures in Vienna, where there are not a few mementos of his time there. There's Cafe Einstein in Wien, where you can sit and drink coffee while poring over the notes made by the Vienna Circle, a group of intellectuals heavily influenced by Einstein and other thinkers who met at the University there to agree, argue and so forth.
Einstein was invited to Paris by Mr. Langevin of the Collége de Paris in 1922, where he gave a series of lectures, and where he succeeded in stirring up enthusiastic controversy. The university is a stone's throw from the Louvre, which is a must see. But don't throw that stone too hard, you might puncture the Mona Lisa!
Einstein did not spend much time in Cuba, but in his 30 hours on her soil he purchased a summer hat, was wheeled around town to the lavish Country Club and Havana Yacht club before being honored and feted at a gala in his honor. Now that Cuban-American relations have eased, it's time to make your way over there, feel the heat and taste the flavor!
Invited in 1922 by a progressive Japanese publication to give speeches throughout the nation, Einstein and his wife embarked on an extended trip to the near and far east. One of the most prominent speeches during this time was the Kyoto Lecture, which outlined how Einstein came upon his special theory and subsequently general theory of relativity. Kyoto, unlike Tokyo, is quiet and littered with shrines, temples and meditative centers.
Not much is known about the genius's trip to Colombo in Sri Lanka ”” it was never all that publicized. However, it is known that he and his wife took rickshaw rides throughout the capital city, which you can also partake in if you visit.
In 1922, Einstein and Elsa arrived in Singapore's harbor on the mail steamer Kitano Maru. He was there to fundraise for the Zionist cause, which he had been backing now for three years. If you want, you can stroll through the Port of Singapore, which is the world's busiest, and transacted over 1 billion gross tons in 2005.
During the same trip of the far east, Einstein also made a visit to Hong Kong, and gave the people there a showing they have yet to forget. When you're there, you can peruse the Hong Kong Science Museum, which immortalizes the physicist's contributions to science. In 2011 the museum programmed the "Einstein in Hong Kong" series of events that celebrated the genius.
On his return westward, Einstein dropped off in then Palestine to become the first honorary citizen of Tel-Aviv in modern-day Israel. Tel-Aviv is known as one of the world's premiere party spots, and is also accessible to pristine beaches on the Mediterranean coast.
In 1925 Einstein toured South America, and passed through Argentina where the University in Buenos Aires (the capital) invited him to speak. It was even rumored that he left an unpublished copy of a paper on physics there. If you go, you should check out the Teatro Colón for a night of sumptuous architecture and thrilling music.
While in South America, Einstein also toured through Brazil. Recently a letter from the genius was discovered in a school in a safe that Einstein gave a talk at. It reads "He who knows the happiness of understanding has gained an infallible friend for life." And if you happen to get injured while there, you can go to the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, or the Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital.
In 1911, the First Solvay Conference of the International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry was convened in Brussels to further bring science to the people. Einstein was invited to attend, and was the second-youngest physicist there. When there, definitely check out the Grand Palace and the flower garden.
In 1931, Einstein accepted an honorary degree from Oxford while giving his Rhodes Lectures there. He even left behind the Einstein blackboard, which he used to jot down notes in front of the attendees to the lectures. Oxford is steeped in English history and awash with gothic architecture. It is not to be eclipsed by London.
If you happen, just happen, to be passing through New Jersey, you might want to head on over to Princeton, where Einstein died. Having left Europe just as Hitler and his campaign was getting into full-gear, he set up shop at the Institute for Advanced Science at the Ivy League university there. It is a great way to round out your trip, and look to the future of physics.