- 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: #962,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rick Steves' Germany 2012 Paperback – January 3, 2012
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"Lowlights. Heidelberg--this famous old university town attracts hordes of Americans. Any surviving charm is stained almost beyond recognition by commercialism. It doesn't make it into Germany's top three weeks. Mainz, Wiesbaden, and Rudesheim--These towns are all too big or too famous. Theyr'e not worth your time. Mainz's Guttenberg Museum is also a disappointment." He leaves out towns because they're "too famous"? The Guttenberg Museum that shows us where the modern information age began and made reading accessible to everyone on earth is "a disappointment"? WTF? Speyer with its phenomenal 1000-year-old Romanesque cathedral is also omitted from the guide, as is the one in Worms. Herrenchiemsee, one of the most beautiful sights in the whole country, is similarly absent. I understand his intention to steer the reader toward the best value for the time and money, but I wish he would cover a few more of these historic sites and wonders of beauty and let us make up our own minds about them. Also, take the rating system for evaluating the worth of sites with a grain of salt; they're aimed at a general public with average taste. Neuschwanstein Castle, for example, with its gaudy displays of colors and shiny objects is given 3 stars, certainly qualifies as "too famous" and is overcrowded with tourists, but the well-preserved Roman Amphitheater in Trier, which should appeal to anyone who's the least bit interested in history, doesn't get a single star.
Otherwise, it is very good and it even has, for some inexplicable reason, a section about Salzburg, which is in Austria!
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.