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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2010
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I purchased this book before going to Munich and other places in Bavaria. I liked parts of the book, but I am somewhat troubled by all the references to "show this book and get a discount" at places recommended by Rick Steves. This is a potential conflict of interest. For example, he highly recommends EurAide to the exclusion of the traveler information office at the Munich train terminal (Hauptbahnhof). However, we checked the place several times, and it was either closed (it is only open on weekdays) or there was a sign to go into the travel agency next door, which had a lengthy line. As for the "Inside Track" newspaper that is supposed to be readily available, we only found copies in Japanese, so we could not even try to translate from a European language. In general, he is partial to the train system over buses, which is often understandable. However, had we taken his advice, we would have missed the airport shuttle bus that left us 100 yards from our hotel for 17 Euros roundtrip, as opposed to traveling to the train terminal and then taking 2 trains for 7 stops to go up the stairs to get to the street and our hotel. In other words, go to other sites to evaluate whether the trains are always the right choice. Another questionable point is his endorsement of a tour for the Dachau Memorial Site. This is one of the easier trips you can take yourself using the U and S trains, and entrance to the site is free and does not require belonging to a group, so I have to wonder why he endorses a tour here.
He does make good points about public transportation passes and ways to maximize your time in various museums (Residenz and Alte and Neue Pinakothek, for example). However, I wonder why he covers Fussen but Nurenberg, among other odd choices (maybe because Fussen is on the train route to Neuschwanstein?).
Finally, you need to check his Web site for updates. We went to Salzburg, and found the station completely in shambles due to construction, so we almost did not find the traveler information site. The book still has the old location, but the Web site does indicate that there is construction, and can save you a hassle. I would not receommend asking questions on the site, however, as there are people who regard any question as grounds for attack. Finally, you could just check the Web site and skip the book.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2011
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I thought I would be brilliant and buy the kindle editions of two of Rick's guidebooks after having religiously used his books for years -

Big mistake! The maps are spread out over several pages into quadrants or worse! you'll have to do a LOT of bookmarking to make this work while abroad.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2011
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If you are going to this area then this is a great book to get. Small enough but includes all the necessary info. Rick Steves' guidebooks are the first I turn to when I get ready to plan a trip, and this one is really just excerpts (word for word) from the Germany and Austria ones, but since Munich, Fussen and Salzburg are my destinations for that area this book works perfectly. Don't be expecting color pictures - there are only a few black and whites (normal for Rick Steves' books), and he likes to do hand-drawn maps (some times they work well, other times they are confusing). At the end of the day this is the book I will be carrying with me on my travels to that area.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2010
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Forget the one star review. This is a very concise review of the title. It covers everything nicely. If you want the broader review, get the full text. I planned my vacation to Munich, Fussen, and Salzburt based on this book and it was awesome. I recommend any Rick Steve's book over any other travel book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2011
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We used this book extensively while traveling in Munich and Salzburg. We found the information to be incredibly helpful and time-saving. Rick takes a common sense approach and tells you what you really need to know for the sights, including tips on how to get there. This can be particularly useful when you aren't familiar with a city. As with all tour books you need to double check rates and hours as things can change, but we found this book to be an invaluable resource that we constantly referred to while traveling. It's a perfect size and fit well into my travel bag and wasn't too heavy to carry around.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2011
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Bought all Rick Steve's books for all the cities we visited on Europe. They are very helpful in everyway! Wouldn't travel without one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2012
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While I thought that I would miss color, glossy pictures (which this guidebook does not have), it is packed with very useful information. I used it to help plan my trip and throughout my trip. It very lightweight. It fits into any purse or backpack & doesn't look that noticeable walking around with it. The map drawings included in the pages are fairly accurate. Of course, you will get other large scale maps at the airport or central train station. Munich is very friendly & provides a lot of help for tourists.
The helpful hint section for Fussen (to visit the Neuschwanstein castle) was very useful. We rented bikes & it was one of the best parts of the trip!
Overall, I highly recommend this guidebook.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2012
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Full of good information and a must have for travel in Bavaria. The walking tours that he has laid out in the book are great and informative. It is worth the investment. In Salzburg, however, read the reviews on Trip Advisor for Sound of Music Tours. Rick Steves recommends them but many reviewers on Trip Advisor do not. Also, we read that those tour companies did not give the discount that Rick Steves had negotiated. Overall, a good resource to take with you and it is small and lightweight!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2010
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The book arrived in fine condition. The contents are, of course, very helpful. He is quite honest, and packs a lot of good information in his assessments. Lots of contact information. Don't go without Rick Steves' guides! I enjoy the bits of history he writes, and the survival phrases in the back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2010
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This was the perfect guide for our recent trip to Munich. Filled with useful information, and downloaded at the gate at the airport! We travel in Europe every year and hope to see more travel guides on the Kindle.
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