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  • Series: Frommer's Complete Guides (Book 235)
  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Frommer's; 1st edition (February 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471771236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471771234
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

  • Including detailed walking tours to guide you through the cobblestone streets of Zurich, Bern, Geneva, and Lucerne.
  • Outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not.
  • Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip whatever your budget.
  • Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions.

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About the Author

A team of veteran travel writers, Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince have produced numerous titles for Frommer’s, including best-selling guides to Italy, France, the Caribbean, England, and Germany. Porter is also a noted Hollywood biographer, his most recent releases (2005) being Howard Hughes: Hell’s Angel and Brando Unzipped. He is a noted radio commentator and columnist on popular culture with broadcasts heard in all 50 states. Prince, formerly of the New York Times Paris bureau, is the president of Blood Moon Productions and other media-related firms.

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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful By J. Robinson on December 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have been to Switzerland many times. Recently I sat down with my daughter who has worked at a hotel at Interlaken in Switzerland during her years in Business Administration at McGill - up to last summer - and we went over the Switzerland guides to see how they ranked, and what was currently the best guide in our humble opinions. We are not experts but have certain requirements and preferences. It helps if one can get a feel for the area in advance of a trip, and generally that is helped by good maps and color photos. So those guides do better in our review. We like to make reservations by internet and telephone and just use the Guide as a "guide".

Generally it costs more to publish a book with color photos so when all else is reasonably equal, one feels that they get better value with a guide with photos. Also we wanted to see if the ambiance at certain hotels and resorts was accurately portrayed in the text based on our knowledge. So those aspects of the guides determine our ranking. Incidentally all the books are excellent. When we did our review the new DK Eyewitness guide was not yet available, but in any case it will be short, under 400 pages.

For the Swiss guides we separated the guides into three groups, 5, 4, and 3 stars.

5 Stars (this group has nice color photos plus maps and text).

A. Green Guide to Switzerland published February 2001 by Michelin, 395 pages, $14., ranked 24,380 on Amazon.com, 0.64" x 9.4" x 4.7", lots of photos, maps, text, accurate portrayal of areas. Gives a nice idea of what you will find. Goes right down to small villages in detail even though it is just 395 pages. First choice.

B. Lonely Planet Switzerland published July 2003, 335 pages, $ 14., ranked 29,913 on Amazon.com, .69" x 6.42" x 6.5".
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
I recently purchased this book from a local bookstore and found it very informative. It had a balanced view of history and was entertaining reading. I am planning on taking the book with me as I travel Switzerland. It seems to have a good selection of hotel and restaurant offerings and I can't wait to get there. I find that the Frommers books as well as the on-line site at frommers.com are very valuable to the budget minded traveler. I paid more for the book than Amazon is selling it for so it is a good value from Amazon.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Julius Kusuma on July 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
I purchased a copy of this book to help with my summer research internship in Switzerland in 2001, and found it to be less useful than the Rough Guides.
The Fromer book is written as a fairly terse reference book, listing a few restaurants, hotels of various price ranges, and not much else for the different cities. Sure, there are listings of attractions for the different cities, but the way they are presented is not very helpful to plan trips. On the other hand, the Rough Guides have suggestions on things to do for the different places.
So all in all, it depends on your style of planning but I feel that this book is more suited to business travelers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "gailkarin" on November 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
I find this guide to be well organized and comprehensive.
The walking tours of the major cities is the feature I like
best, but there are also descriptions of major attractions
which help one decide which to see and which to miss if time
is short. I had an older Frommer's Switzerland guide and find
the format improved in this edition over the 1994-95 one.
The one objection I have is that in the listings of side
trips such as to neighboring villages, too often the only
directions given are by car. Perhaps there are no other ways
to get there, but I would have liked it if they had said so,
such as "No access by train or bus."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MD on April 18, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have been using Frommers for all my leisure travel-related needs for the last 16 years, and it is becoming increasingly apparent to me that they are resting on their laurels.

Don't let the year fool you. I am beginning to think that Frommers merely takes the last year's edition and slap the newest year on it to justify purchasing the 'latest' edition.

Instead you get clearly outdated, overhyped information. Frommers likes to put it out there that they are 'in the know' for the best experiences, but let me tell you firsthand they overpromise in the form of their descriptions.

A few examples. The 'Bear Pits' of Bern. Strongly implying that they have been at the same location for "[hundreds] of years" in the same location. "Be sure to bring a bag of carrots to feed them". Uh, WRONG. The so-called pits looks like a zoo exhibit on a hillside, complete with concrete caves, barriers, etc. In fact, when you go into Bern, you learn quickly that it has moved several times, along with the times. Oh, and forget those carrots. Total fabrication. You are not allowed to feed them.

The clock tower in Bern is a bust. Save yourself travel fare and google a picture of it. The great show that is promised is a bust as well.

I could go on and on about other places, such as their descriptions of Zurich, Lucerne and such. Don't get me wrong, they are fabulous cities in their own right, each with their own individual character.

It's just that I consider it a complete betrayal of trust when you put out an outdated edition, resting on your laurels and never following up to see if you are current.

Beware. This book is a piece of junk.
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