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Rick Steves' Germany 2010 with map Paperback – December 29, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: Rick Steves
  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; Pap/Map edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598802941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598802948
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series Rick Steves' Europe, and best-selling author of 40 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals." He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe -- and Europeans -- for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.

Over the past 20 years, Rick has hosted over 100 travel shows for public television, and numerous pledge specials (raising millions of dollars for local stations). His Rick Steves' Europe TV series is carried by over 300 stations, reaching 95 percent of U.S. markets. Rick has also created two award-winning specials for public television: Rick Steves' European Christmas and the ground-breaking Rick Steves' Iran. Rick writes and co-produces his television programs through his company, Back Door Productions.

Rick Steves also hosts a weekly public radio program, Travel with Rick Steves. With a broader approach to travel everywhere, in each hour-long program Rick interviews guest travel expert, followed by listener call-ins. Travel with Rick Steves airs across the country and has spawned a popular podcast. Rick has also created a series of audio walking tour podcasts for museums and neighborhoods in Paris, Rome, Florence and Venice (with more tours, including London, coming in 2010).

Rick self-published the first edition of his travel skills book, Europe Through the Back Door (now updated annually), in 1980. He has also written more than 40 other country, city and regional guidebooks, phrase books, and "snapshot" guides. For several years, Rick Steves' Italy has been the bestselling international guidebook sold in the U.S. In 2009, Rick tackled a new genre of travel writing with Travel as a Political Act, reflecting on how a life of travel has broadened his own perspectives, and travel can be a significant force for peace and understanding in the world. Rick's books are published by Avalon Travel, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

In addition to his guidebooks, TV and radio work, Rick is a syndicated newspaper columnist with the Tribune Media Services. He appears frequently on television, radio, and online as the leading authority on European travel.

Rick took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. By the time he reached 18, Rick jokes, "I realized I didn't need my parents to travel!" He began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started Europe Through the Back Door (ETBD), a business which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a well-traveled staff of 70 full-time employees. ETBD offers free travel information through its travel center, website (www.ricksteves.com), European Railpass Guide, and free travel newsletters. ETBD also runs a successful European tour program with more than 300 departures -- attracting around 10,000 travelers -- annually.

Rick is outspoken on the need for Americans to fit better into our planet by broadening their perspectives through travel. He is also committed to his own neighborhood. He's an active member of the Lutheran church (and has hosted the ELCA's national video productions). He's a board member of NORML (working to reform marijuana laws in the USA). And Rick has provided his local YWCA with a 24-unit apartment building with which to house homeless mothers.

Rick Steves spends about a third of every year in Europe, researching guidebooks, filming TV shows, and making new discoveries for travelers. He lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington, where his office window overlooks his old junior high school.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Burton on March 5, 2010
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What can I say, Rick Steve's does it again with his latest update on Germany! I usually buy his country guide along with the matching Michelin Green Guide for any European Country we plan on visiting. An excellent combination! Make sure you always check for the latest edition of any tour guide... things change rapidly in Europe!
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Marks on February 4, 2010
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I wish I'd reviewed the table of contents prior to purchasing this book. I assumed a travel book to Germany would cover the 2nd biggest German city, Hamburg, but I was mistaken. The city of Hamburg isn't mentioned at all, he gives various tourist recommendations for the south and east, but I really wanted a book that would cover the country in general including Hamburg. This may be a 5 star book for others, but for me this was a bad purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Lishinski on May 13, 2010
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Very detailed guide especially for Munich and Berlin.We were able to self guide much of the time. Many of the historical sights were hard to find and would have been impossible to see without the guide. Rick was very accurate and up to date with what was happening in that particular city. Best purchase we made! Would buy any of his guides in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sallie A. Schofield on June 17, 2010
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The book had everything I needed. the map in the back of the book was great. I was on a tour...the tour guide even used the map
Service was expeditious, professional.
Will buy again from Amazon,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ASL on August 20, 2010
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This book was very useful during out trip to Germany. We are very experienced travelers, but still found lots of pointers in this guide. Even the smallest details were very accurate. Highly recommend this book!
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Some friends invited us to Germany for their daughter's wedding. We'd been promising to visit them for 18 years and decided we should make the trip. We started trying to work with a travel agency but they wanted to push package trips. I had specific places I wanted to go that did not fit their canned trips. Two different agencies just left us hanging. So, I bought this book, read it, and then started sending emails to various places that Rick Steves had reviewed and recommended. Every place I contacted except one got back to me in less than 24 hours with the requested information. I made all of my reservations via email and our trip went just as planned. Note that Rick Steves is not a 5-star hotel kind of guy. He recommends small, relatively inexpensive places -- often Mom and Pop operations -- that really give the feel of being in Germany. They all came with breakfasts, some of which were so hardy that we skipped lunch. That's just what we wanted. However, these small places are generally not air conditiioned and usually do not have elevators. If you want fancy, skip this book. If you want to experience Europe, give it a try. If this is your first trip to Europe I would also strongly recommend Rick Steves book "Europe Through the Back Door."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Casey Contini on May 6, 2010
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The book is great, but the Germany, Austria, Swiss combined book is more useful to me. The countries are so close and intertwined, I almost always spend me in all three on a trip.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bobjnyc on May 12, 2010
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I purchased Mr. Steves' book based on his television programs and reputation for no nonsense practical information. However, the book gives no information about two of the three places I will be visiting in Germany. There is absolutely no information on Hamburg, a major city, and a few brief words on Heidelberg, basically denigrating it and saying it isn't worth visiting (which is certainly not true.) So to call this a complete guide to Germany is misleading.
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