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Product Details

  • Series: Rick Steves
  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 2012 Edition edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598809881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598809886
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,807 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.

Customer Reviews

As always, Rick Steve's books are top notch.
Gregory B. Dodd
As one who is to visit Germany for the very first time, I found this Book to be extremely valuable.
keiden
They cover the things you really need to know without telling you everything.
Susan M. Snyder

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nononsense on April 16, 2012
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This book is not a comprehensive guide to Germany, but in typical Rick Steves fashion is his opinionated guide to what an typical American traveler would find interesting. This is his mode of operation for all his guides and he has years of experience of taking tourists to Europe to be a good judge of what Americans enjoy. All his guides provide the details for touring on your own, with a wealth of details on sights, transportation, accommodations, restaurants. The Germany guide is one of his weakest, since it ignores large areas of the country including most of the north as well as Heidelberg, which he writes off as too touristy. Nevertheless, for those travelers seeking an introduction to the country will find more than enough information for a very pleasant and enlightening trip to the highlights of Germany. Those with a real sense of German culture, history, and a grasp of the language can find other more comprehensive guides; they are not the target of his book. If you are on a first or second trip to Germany and want the details of where the train station is, and what the interesting sights are and what to skip, and guidance on where to spend your time--this is your guide.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mssr. Nomdeplume on June 15, 2012
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"Rick Steves' Germany 2012" is kind of like a greatest hits album of your favorite band--yes, it has the best things in it, but it's going to leave out some of the less-popular ones, some of which may be your personal favorites. Steves makes it clear that he is aiming at just the highlights of this beautiful country. On page 842 Steves recommends other maps and guides such as Lonely Planet's Guide to Germany if you feel like you need more thorough details, which is honest and helpful. What IS in his guide, however, is terrific--thorough enough, accurate, and succinct--accurate maps, a nice blend of small B&W photos, the great self-guided walking tours, a minimum of hotel and restaurant recommendations to meet your needs, a (3-triangle) rating system for helping readers evaluate which sights are the most important to see when time is limited, train and bus routes and connections, driving instructions and tips, general information on how to negotiate the phone system, the language, German food and culture, prices and business hours of landmarks and attractions, on, and on, and on. I also like that he included Salzburg as a side trip, which is natural and we planned to do it anyways. There is something in this book for everyone, including those people who want to be physically active in the outdoors, those who just want to be entertained, those who are traveling with chldren, and those brainy ones who want to learn and understand more about the German people, their history, and their culture. And it's written in Steves' gentle, humorous, and often ironic narrative voice. If you're younger and an information junkie, then get the Lonely Planet tome. If you just want info and no photos, get Frommer's.Read more ›
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By BrdrCllie on June 1, 2012
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I picked it up in a bookstore to find additional information on Munich.
I lived in Germany for 3 years and know it pretty well. 50% of places that are worth visiting for their cultural and historical value are described in this book as "not worth your time". One of these places is Heidelberg.
I don't know what IS worth anybody's time if Heidelberg isn't.
I don't think the author did much research on this town (and this is indicative of the rest of the book).
He describes it as a town that "attracts hoards of American tourists" - it is true that there are many Americans there but this is largely due to a US base stationed in the town.
If you want to take "back roads" and boast that you avoided all the tourists - this is the book for you. With the tourists, however, you will be avoiding some of the most beautiful sights in Germany.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darthula28 on February 10, 2012
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I was very happy with the details of places to visit & stay in Germany. But Iooking for my birth town,Bremen, which is not a small area of Germany & a major port city. But Bremen wasn't even mentioned. So disappointed, because that is my primary site for visiting this year... I didn't expect him to cover all the little towns. But I guess Bremen is not on the major tour guides. Many years ago, I was sent a book of Bremen & many lovely sights, but it is in German. So hoped to see it in English. The book covers many very nice places to visit, my visit is more specific. I'll try the Visitor Bureau. Ordered other books from Rick Steves' not disappointed. Thanks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oz on January 7, 2013
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This book was overall helpful on our trip to Germany. However some areas I thought were excellent were overlooked. And other he only gave cursory mention that they were not worth the time, I found to be the exact opposite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kijeda on October 12, 2012
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Excellent book, and well worth the price. Just got back from a 2 week adventure in Germany, and this book was our crutch in both planning the trip and in our everyday activities once we were there. At times, it seemed like every 5th sentence started with "Well Rick says..." as we discussed where to go, how to get there, and what to do once we did. If you're going anywhere in Europe, don't think twice - hire Rick Steves as your guide!
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