BE IN THE KNOW - incisive history,
arts and culture coverage takes you from ancient Greece and Rome to
London's Tate Modern
FIND YOUR WAY - inspiring
highlights and itineraries, practical directories and grid-referenced maps
help you plan your own Grand Tour
DINE OUT - whether you crave fish &
chips, perfect pasta or award-winning haute cuisine, our extended listings
take you to the very best places to eat
REST YOUR HEAD - handpicked
sleeping options for every budget, including comfy cottage guesthouses,
stylish modern hostels and elegant Georgian hotels
Countries included: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Greece,
Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland.
Of all the comprehensive European guide books I
looked at (and I spent hours in the bookstore) I liked this one the best. It
is well made, easy to read and navigate, includes plenty of maps, and addressed almost all
of my questions (and many things that I hadn't even thought about yet). Excellent book if
you plan on doing the "grand tour" of Western Europe.
1156 pages. 200 detailed maps. Brief language
guides in the back to French, Dutch, German, Italian, Greek, Spanish, and
This books and its many predecessors, is the
most popular guide for young American backpackers. It is written by students, for
students and is updated every year. It lacks the in-depth information and precise maps that
are a hallmark of Lonely Planet guides. However, if you are looking for a basic
guide that focuses on the party scene and the major touristy highlights of Europe, then
this is probably the book for you. 1104 pages.
Let's Go books do provide lots of good
information, but do not have as much in depth
coverage as Lonely Planet guides . I was happy to see this year that they added more maps than ever
before. At the front and back of this book there are color maps of the major
European cities & subway/metro systems. Good edition, but still not as good
as Lonely Planet.
Like all of Rick Steves' books, his Europe
Through the Back Door is straight forward and informative. Rick Steves'
budget , however, tends to be slightly higher than the typical student or true
budget traveler can afford. He tends to focus more on the bed & breakfast
crowd, rather than average hostellers. Despite his higher budget, his
travel recommendations and pointers are generally above average. Reading
his book before you go and taking some of his great advice should certainly
enhance your European experience. A limited number of crudely drawn maps.
Thirty-two (32) countries are profiled while bringing readers up to speed on
Europe's cultural, political, and contemporary life. The book includes suggested
itineraries, adventure travel options, maps, hostel listings, transportation
information, festivals, arts and culture, top attractions, climate charts and
daily budget estimates. 1264 pages.
This guide lacks the in-depth information and
precise maps that are a hallmark of Lonely Planet guides, but is still a good
One of train travelerís one-stop resource for visiting the Continent by rail for
more than thirty years. This time-tested and reader-friendly guide, newly
revised and updated, is packed with all the information you need on more than
ninety rail trips starting from your choice of twenty-four base cities located
in seventeen countries. With your rail pass in hand, you can explore each
countryís special attractions and learn about European life and culture.
Including step-by-step directions and advice on where to go and what to see and
do, this book helps take the puzzle out of rail travel on the Continent.
Helpful guide for making the most out of your Rail
Pass while in Europe. I wouldn't recommend this as your primary guide, but it is
good to read before you go.
So you're heading to Europe - that's a lot of continent to cover. We've combined
the Itineraries chapters from 13 different guidebooks and put them into one
handy volume. Each chapter provides suggested trips to suit your tastes and time
frames, so if you're wondering how best to spend two days in Ireland, a week in
Germany or a month on the Continent, this is the CUSTOM guide for you.
This book includes:
- Mapped itineraries for major Western European hotspots
- Multiple itineraries for each destination, including classic routes, trips
tailored to your interests and journeys off the beaten track
- Pre-trip planning information
- A guide to the local languages you'll encounter
- Thorough transport details - where and how to go
This Lonely Planet guide offers practical advice
on independent travel in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary,
Liechtenstein, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland. Included is a
language section with useful phrases in German, Czech, Hungarian, Polish,
Slovak, and Slovene of color photos. 130 detailed maps.
While this book covers fewer countries, each
country is covered in great detail. If you are primarily traveling in
the central/eastern region of Europe, then this is just the book for you. In
fact I used the previous edition of this guide on my recent trip to
central/eastern Europe. Very helpful.
Covering Albania, Andorra, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, Cyprus,
France, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and countries
of former Yugoslavia, plus Tunisia and Morocco, this book includes 205 accurate and
up-to-date maps of countries, cities and towns, a full-color map of the region, and the
accurate, practical information travelers have come to expect from Lonely Planet.