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Rick Steves' Germany 2012 Paperback – January 3, 2012

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Product Details

  • Series: Rick Steves
  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; Fol Pap/Ma edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598809881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598809886
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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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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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I was going to Weimar and Bayreuth and bought this guide. The problem is that this guidebook has not a single word about Weimar nor Bayreuth!
Otherwise, it is very good and it even has, for some inexplicable reason, a section about Salzburg, which is in Austria!
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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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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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