Ambassador Walter Hagg and his wife Aglaë always immersed themselves in the culture of each country their diplomatic work brought them.
Throughout almost four decades they have lived and loved every moment, and now are ready to share their experiences with interested friends and families.
The experience of travelling with multilingual Walter and Aglaë is special. In each region they will introduce you to their long-term contacts with locals, and add their own unique and personal insights to yours.
Most importantly, such experiences lead to greater mutual respect and understanding, as you listen to Romans speak about Rome, Sicilians talk about Sicily, and educated French people inform us about France.
The Irish love to show their precious country through literature and drama, Austrians often welcome their guests with music; the English can quote their historians and poets by heart. Walter and Aglaë would love to include you, in this great cultural exchange with so many fine local representatives.
Friends are now welcome to join in!
About Aglaë Hagg-Thun
Aglaë is delighted to launch this new venture, reaching out to a large circle of friends near and far, both old and new. Her experiences of living in and visiting numerous centres of European culture will enrich each journey, while sharing her unique insights, energy, knowledge and joie de vivre.
She looks forward to the excitement of sharing time and places with other interested and curious people; to the contributions and questions of friends whose company she often missed while living abroad; and to opportunities for further spiritual growth through such sharing and communication. The Connoisseur Tours will hopefully run for many years to come!
About Dr Walter Hagg (Consultant)
"Auf dieser Reise hoff ich will
ich mein Gemüth über die schönen Künste beruhigen,
ihr heilig Bild mir recht in die Seele prägen
und zum stillen Genuß bewahren."
Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe
"On this journey I hope to quiet my mind with the arts, will really imprint their sacred image into my soul, and keep it there, for my silent pleasure"
Ambassador Dr Walter Hagg earned his law degree at the University of Vienna. He is is a graduate of the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and a trained opera singer.
An avid lover of art, of history and European culture, he regularly guided visitors and offcial delegations to places of art and cultural heritage throughout his diplomatic service in Austria, Italy, Nigeria, France, Luxemburg and Ireland. He enjoys to entertain guests to chamber music recitals and promotes emerging artists.
Study trips brought him and his wife Aglaë to Germany, Belgium, England, Greece, Turkey, North Africa, Syria and Armenia, to name but a few. He has given numerous talks and continues to lecture on political, historical and cultural topics.
Enthusiasm for art, culture and music combined with a lifelong passionate interest in historical context and development, are the hallmarks of Walter Hagg’s presentations. The Connoisseur Tours will focus its interest onto the entire European continent, from antiquity up to the 21st century.