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Rick Steves Scandinavia Paperback – June 23, 2015
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I bought the ebook version which was very convenient on both phone and tablet, the only disadvantage being that you have to browse quite a bit between the city walk maps and the (very informative) written description.
Places described in this guide book:
- Near Copenhagen (Roskilde and a few other sights)
- Central Denmark (Ærø, Ærøskøbing, Odense)
- Jutland (Aarhus, Legoland, Jelling, Himmelbjerget, Silkeborg (but oddly enough no mention is made of the main sight of the town, the Silkeborg Museum with the naturally mummified corpse of the Tollund man), Ribe)
- A tour suggestion via Flåm, Aurland and the Undredal
- Gudbrandsdal Valley and Jotunheimen Mountains
- South Norway (Stavanger, Setesdal, Hovden, Kristiansand)
- Near Stockholm (Sigtuna, Uppsala)
- Stockholm's Archipelago
- Southeast Sweden (Växjö, Glass Country, Kalmar, Öland)
The rest of the trip was served well enough by this book. It is definitely fairly high-level even for Oslo/Stockholm/Copenhagen, but it at least gives a sound means of navigating the most notable areas of each of the respective countries. If you are seeking a more detailed walk-through of these cities/countries, I would recommend looking elsewhere; however, if you want a compact guide to at least get your foot in the door and give you the major highlights, this is a great place to start!
Descriptions about the culture and history of each country and region were great. But the overall recommendations felt a tad stuffy. Watch out when buying rail tickets via links from Rick Steves' website. I overpaid for a couple of tickets per the ticket agent in Oslo.
I wish it included more cities and locations in the whole of Sweden, other than just the South Eastern portion and Stockholm. The country is huge!!!!!!! Also, saying "I don't really like the countryside because, well, I'm Norwegian," isn't very professional. I know you're "kidding", but as a 1/2 Swede, I also know that you're not. lol.
Suggetion would be a "sweden" book of its own, Including Gothenburg and hamlets, islands, etc., on the Western coast of Sweden; more towns, cities, explorations, etc. along the Eastern coast (Bosthnia Coast), Central Sweden-- the heartlands (Dalarna, Ostersund, etc.), and maybe even Northern.
Also, I'm going to Vilnius, Lithuania as well, and although you have Helsinki and Tallinn in this book (even though they're NOT Scandinavia countries either), there's nothing on Vilnius, and I can't find any other publications you have made in the recent past on Vilnius or the Baltics... the last one was published around 1998 and is totally outdated!
Youre information and resouces are SO good when you cover towns... how about covering more of Sweden and making a Sweden book, and also updating your Baltics book. Thank you, Rick Steves!!!
It's been a couple years since I used this in Scandinvaia, but one note specific note sticks out--every major city has an outdoor folk museum. He calls all of them must-sees for their city, but they were all pretty similar to us. If you're touring the whole region, pick the one that excites you the most ahead of time, rather than the first one you come across.