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The Rough Guide to Germany 6 (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Paperback – May 17, 2004

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"There is no better German travel guide out there. Belive me, I've looked through bookstores and have not found anything close."

About the Author

Gordon McLachlan wrote the first edition of the Rough Guide to Germany in the 1980s, when the Iron Curtain was still firmly in place. He has updated and researched every edition since, travelling to every corner of the country and sampling hundreds of hotels, restaurants and bars.

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Product Details

  • Series: Rough Guide Travel Guides
  • Paperback: 1104 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 6 Sub edition (May 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184353293X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843532934
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,682,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By N. Zhu on February 17, 2005
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I've lived, studied, and travelled a lot in Germany, and I've used three guidebooks: Let's Go (2003 edition), Lonely Planet (the two most recent editions), and this edition of the Rough Guide. The Rough Guide is the best of them hands down. For starters, it contains more text than the others: though I don't have the Let's Go on hand for comparison, the Rough Guide is almost 300 pages longer than the most recent Lonely Planet Germany, which comes in at about 800 pages. (Because of the thinner paper, however, it is almost exactly the same size as the LP.) The print is also denser and finer, so that the Rough Guide contains probably twice as much actual text as the LP. Legibility suffers a little, but it's a fair trade-off.

More words, of course, isn't necessarily better. Where the The Rough Guide beats the others is in detail and quality of information. For example, where the other guides tell you that the Frauenkirche in Dresden was the most important Protestant church in northern Germany, was destroyed in the firebombing of March 1945, and is now being rebuilt, the Rough Guide tells you also that they are doing the most painstakingly accurate restoration ever - where possible each piece has been dug up from the pile of rubble that was left as a "memorial" after the war and put back where it originally was, and only 10% of the total masory is new. That information adds a lot to your appreciation of the rebuilding of the Frauenkirche. That's just one example. Consistenly, the Rough Guide is more detailed and more authoritative on art, architecture, music, wine, you name it. The LP is by no means bad (although the Let's Go, at least the 2003 edition, is a pretty mediocre effort), but I see no reason to carry any other guide when the Rough Guide is so clearly superior.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ravager814 on October 25, 2006
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I first picked up the "Rough Guide to West Germany" in 1990, and have bought every update since. The key to remember is that the guide is written for the average tourist, not for someone that lives in Essen. Having said that, I have lived in Europe for 8 years, and find the guide indispensable. The beginning chapters provide you with all the essential information you need to plan the trip, including tourist office addresses, best prices for airlines, reminds you to purchase Eurail passes while still at home, etc. The guide itself is written in a slightly irreverent way, giving a wide berth to commercial tourist attractions in favor of historically significant areas. It lists accommodation (sp?) for all price classes, and even directs you to a good meal in individual cities. The guide stands as a good read, even if you aren't traveling. It gives you everything as advertised, and then some.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon L. Albee VINE VOICE on June 26, 2008
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If I can fade into hyperbole for a moment, attempting to capture Germany, a diverse world super-power with more history than the Roman Empire, in about 1,100 pages is perverse.

Germany is a country of 90 million crammed into a space the size of Montana. It's had so many names (the Holy Roman Empire, Weimar Republic, Third Reich, Prussia, etc...) that we have to wonder where the word "Germany" comes from. A comprehensive history of the country would fill a hundred volumes. Its economic, cultural, religious, and imperial impact on the world is tremendous. A list of "famous Germans" would look like a Who's Who of world history. It contains so many colorful towns, villages, cities, lakes, rivers, mountains and landscapes that a curious and dedicated tourist could spend two years attempting to see it all. There is no country on earth that even comes close. None. Nada.

How can a travel guide take all this and present it to a tourist in an organized way? Rough Guide has the answer. This is the book you need to keep yourself sane while trying to navigate and understand this amazing place. Since there's so much to see, the book is necessarily summary, and the brief historical and cultural "context" chapters are essential. It's done in typical Rough Guide format, namely, practical information up front, the bulk of the guide - the catalog of places, arranged by state - in the middle, and the historical, cultural and artistic contexts in the back. Photographs are few: Rough Guides are not known for their glossy photography, but for their insightful writing. This one won't disappoint you.

The author has done a nice job attempting to condense it all down for you. All the places you know (and many you don't) are here, East and West.
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9 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Arturo Wagner Almada on February 23, 2005
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Good: Excellent writing, great pictures, and would recommend it for anyone who wants to know a little bit more about German culture and history. Alo liked the fact that it was in color.

Not Wonderful: A bit on the snobish side, not very user friendly, no immediate translations of german terms into english, the hotels are not broken up into categories, and one must do a lot of going back and forth between sections to find out particular german words and other codes. Moreover, it is geared for travelers from english speaking countries (Australia, NZ, Canada, US, UK and Ireland). Actually ommited some sights in Berlin like the new holocaust victims memorial.

Recommendations: if you want to learn more, buy this book. If you want to travel, buy Lonely planet, since it is much easier to use, has more information on sights, facilities, embassies and consulates from other non english speaking countries plus emergency medical services. Both books are good, though.

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