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Lonely Planet Germany (Country Guide) Paperback – March 1, 2007

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It's an enormous place with overwhelming tourist options. Smack in the middle of Europe, Germany's got the Bavarian Alps, windswept North Sea islands, the Black Forest and the castle-dotted Rhine. And there's Berlin, a city where you could easily spend all your vacation and not see a tenth of what it has to offer. Germany has history aplenty, an enormous variety of museums, cosmopolitan sophistication and rural quaintitude, camping, beer gardens, and music of all kinds. In short, Germany is the kind of place where a guidebook makes all the difference.

Lonely Planet covers the country diligently and entertainingly, leaving nothing out. With maps of all 16 states, over 35 city maps, and a fold-out transportation map to Berlin, the daunting becomes comfortable. There are the background chapters on history, government, climate and ecology, the people, the arts, society and language, and a big fat chapter covering all the necessary details of visas, money, Web sites, electricity, festivals, health, and accommodations for special needs, plus how to get there and how to get around once you've arrived. Then for every city and burg, Lonely Planet provides the stuff a traveler needs to know, all about where to stay, eat, sight see, shop, and play. And scattered in and among the guiding text are little nuggets of interest, telling the stories of witches and warlocks, Bertolt Brecht, Marlene Dietrich, and the sad tale of Queen Caroline. Not prohibitively large, Lonely Planet's guidebook packs enough into its pages for 100 good trips. --Stephanie Gold --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Country Guide
  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 5th edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740599888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740599887
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,974,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I travel a lot and compare guides a lot. I have used and enjoyed other Lonely Planet guides for other countries successfully. This one was a real disappointment. It is thorough, but does not really teach you to prioritize your time, or compare routes. It is intensely geared towards rail and bus travelers, but many things in Germany are worth renting a car to see--in which case the book will not cover those areas at all. Hotels chosen by the book will be in relation to train stations--which aren't always either a good deal or a restful place to stay. Add that to the fact it's heavy, and you'll be shlepping a lot of useless information unless you're spending the whole year there...
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This lighthearted and otherwise sound book is tripped up by its occasional harsh treatment of some German areas or cities, in particular those in the former East Germany. Case in point is Frankfurt/Oder which is an historic, former East German city that sits across the Oder River from Poland.
In both this book and a similar one on Berlin by Lonely Planet, the writers appear to go out of their way to bash Frankfurt/Oder with petty criticisms ranging from the architecture to the people. I made a day trip to check out Frankfurt/Oder after reading such a review, thinking to myself that it can't be as bad as the writers at Lonely Planet say. My experiences were much the opposite, with friendly and helpful people, a charming downtown with picturesque streetcars, and a panoromic view of Poland across the Oder River from a walkway. Is it as charming as, say, Heidelberg or Bamberg? No, but it is very East German in contrast.
Take some of the advice with a grain of salt in this book and go with an open mind to enjoy the uniqueness of East German life before it disappers.
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Overall, I found Lonely Planet's guide more informative and definitely more accurate than Let's Go's. However, I must thoroughly agree with other readers--the book does a severe injustice to Eastern Germany. While Eastern and Western Germany are once again one country, they continue to be very different in many respects. LP judges Eastern Germany with very Western German eyes, not recognizing the fascinating history and culture that lies within this region. Lonely Planet--improve your Eastern Germany section!
Also, more information could be included about Germany's various Nature Parks. While they don't rival the National Parks of the states, they are beautiful nonetheless and offer tons of opportunities for exploring.
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This guidebook has plenty of information about Germany's main sights but it skips others (not a word about Mannheim and its huge baroque castle--one of the largest in Europe). Compared to the Let's Go Germany guide, this book is badly organized--it is difficult to find a particular bit of information because of the uninspired formatting. And the book is heavy!
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I just got back from a month long backpacking all over Germany. Its truely is a great guide for independent lonely traveller. I do agree with other reviewer's comment that, its geared towards people using public transport more, but that worked out well for me. I don't know what reviewers are complaining about the East Germany part, but I had great time with the help of this book in the east (spent 1.5 weeks).

The only problem is that this guide book is updated only once in 2yrs or so, so some of the info is outdated (the Dachau tour info) and I had to miss out on some tours because of that. I haven't used other guides and this is my first lonely travel so I can't really compare, but this is a very comprehensive travel companion (when you have no companion at all :).
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THE LONELY PLANET GERMANY is among the most complete travel guides on the market. Far superior to similar books presented by its better known competitor, THE LONELY PLANET GERMANY presents travel in Germany to the widest range of budgets, from elegant to thrifty. It describes a wider range of sites to visit than any other guidebook I've seen, and offers good advice toward the widest range of entertainment interests. THE LONELY PLANET GERMANY should be the first book you buy when planning any trip to Germany, and it would serve well as your only guidebook.
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Like other Lonely Planet Guides, this proved invaluable as we drove the length of Germany from north to south last summer. Even though I am very familiar with Germany having spent lots of time there in my past, the guide was just what we needed to avoid missing places we needed to visit, and avoid those we needed to miss! Thanks Lonely Planet! See [...] for our German travel journal
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I recently used Lonely Planet Germany and Austria guides on a trip with my German class, and I must say the experience was wonderful--thanks in large part to Lonely Planet's incomparably thorough information. If you want a first rate trip to Germany, buy this guide.
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