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About the Author

Rick Steves has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. Rick produces a public television series (Rick Steves' Europe), a public radio show (Travel with Rick Steves), and a podcast (Rick Steves' Audio Europe); writes a bestselling series of guidebooks and a nationally syndicated newspaper column; organizes guided tours that take thousands of travelers to Europe annually; and offers an information-packed website (Ricksteves.com). With the help of his hardworking staff of 70 at Europe Through the Back Door—in Edmonds, Washington, just north of Seattle—Rick's mission is to make European travel fun, affordable, and culturally broadening for Americans.
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Product Details

  • Series: Rick Steves Snapshot
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598805916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598805918
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,814,815 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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By I. Meir on May 31, 2010
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We are serious fans of Rick Steve's travel books and have come to rely on the books as a reliable source of information for our Europe trips. And we have not been disappointed... until now.

The walking tour is nice and informative, as usual, but there is only one walking tour. The description of the Rosenborg castle is also very nice and handy.

However, the book is seriously outdated. Recommended restaurants were mostly deserted (no matter what time we went) and there are a multitude of new restaurants in the city that were not even mentioned in the book. In fact, Copenhagen has become such a hotbed of contemporary cuisine lately and the book fails to catch up with that.
Prices are inaccurate.
Christiania is overcome with marijuana and hash stands -- contrary to what is described in the book.
The train ride to Louisiana is 30 min (not 45) and there are 5 (not 4) trains every hour.
Etc. Etc.

It's OK to have an older version of the book and sell it as such. But if it's a 2010 edition, it should be up-to-date.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By brewster lewster on June 30, 2010
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I used to like the PBS series and thought it quite informative. This Copenhagen guide is total rubbish! It is so amazingly out of date and has totally useless advise. For instance, the part of Tivoli says that you will be forced to eat the hot dogs and junk food at the park. Uh, there are several fine restaurants, one with a Michelin chef. And there are junk ones too like Hard Rock. Nice to have the hot dogs, too, which are delicious in Denmark. Why not tell us something useful like they close the rides before 11pm so get in line before then! Also, the part on Christiania. No, photos are NOT allowed and will incite hostile reactions from the villagers. Also, marijuana is freely grown, sold and smoked there. It has not been eliminated. This was a total waste of money. Do not buy it! I will not by another Steves book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Loreto Fan on January 7, 2013
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I did not realized that this book is a total subset of Rick Steve's Scandinavia - thought it would have more indepth information on Copenhagen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CarolynM on November 4, 2012
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We are preparing for a trip to Copenhagen in late May. This book helps with trip preparation and planning. Thank you..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda W. on April 11, 2013
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I am only planning to visit Denmark, so didn't need Rick Steves' entire guidebook on Scandinavia. This is smaller for travel purposes. There are several good guidebooks on the country. The reason I chose to purchase his is that it is more specific about how to actually get from one place to another--train and bus numbers, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MKinCincy on April 21, 2014
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Love Rick Steves travel books. His advice for places to see in Copenhagen was spot on, and I felt like I got to see the city as a local. This is the only travel book you'll need for Copenhagen.
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I have been to Copenhagen several times for business. I am finally going to be able to go for my own leisure trip. I have been reading the book, and it is well written. As well, the details for getting to the various points of interest are excellent. I also love the smaller size so it can be carried along as I do my sightseeing. As usual, the price on Amazon is the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VN on March 6, 2014
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This review is for the 2012 Rick Steves' Snapshot: Copenhagen & the Best of Denmark.

The 2012 version is outdated in some regards, even when it was hot off the press. This guidebook is useful for Copenhagen, but I recommend you turn elsewhere for the highlights of the rest of Denmark.

You may need to check out newer versions of this book.
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