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Best European, And Country Specific Guide Books

Wed Apr 25, 2007 6:36 am

Hey everyone,
I'll be living in Germany for at least the next year (starting in August) and perhaps longer. Although my new home town of Reutlingen (near Stuttgart) will (hopefully) prove to be exciting, I also want to explore other parts of Germany and Europe. I'll definitely be on a tight budget, and being a student, backpacking and hostel life is really part of the entire experience. What guide books do you reccomend as being the most helpful. I've already purchased the new version of Lonely Planet's Europe on a Shoestring. Are there any other Europe-as-a-whole books that you reccomend (ie. Frommer's Europe from $85/day or Let's Go)? I would definitely be willing to buy one of these others if it would help me out in my travels. Also, what do you reccomend for country specific guide books (Lonely Planet just released a new guide for Germany, but are they the best?) Thanks and looking forward to your responses.

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RE: Best European, And Country Specific Guide Book

Wed Apr 25, 2007 7:50 am

In this case, I'm not into books, but you could visit and ask for suggestions.

While Stuttgart is certainly a nice place to live, there's not much to see for tourists. Therefore it's agood idea to travel around a bit. Freiburg im Breisgau, a University town with a beautiful old town and the capital of the Black Forest, is a 2-hour-drive away. From there it is a stone's throw to France (Alsace and Strasbourg) and Switzerland (Basel).

LH regularely offers cheap flights to Berlin. You should come as long as it's warm an sunny.

And if it's your first time in Europe try to visit Paris, London and Rome. Sure, there are more: Vienna, Lissabon, Barcelona Croatia, Budapest... sorry, I got carried a way a bit.

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RE: Best European, And Country Specific Guide Books

Wed Apr 25, 2007 8:15 am

Rick Steves....all the way.
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RE: Best European, And Country Specific Guide Books

Wed Apr 25, 2007 10:35 am

I like the Eyewitness guides the most. They will help visualize a lot of important places within the given city/country. As NoUFO states, is a wealth of information.
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RE: Best European, And Country Specific Guide Books

Wed Apr 25, 2007 2:14 pm

Lonelyplanet is my favourite, good web site too.
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RE: Best European, And Country Specific Guide Books

Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:29 am

Quoting Alitalia777 (Thread starter):
but are they the best?)

I would say so. When I moved to Germany I bought a Lonely Planet guide, has given me all the information I needed when exploring the country. There is a lot to see, and LP helps you optimize your budget, time and interests.

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RE: Best European, And Country Specific Guide Books

Thu Apr 26, 2007 2:29 am

I love Rick Steves, and never leave North America without him, but.... the man needs friends. I ususaly bring Lonely Planet to accompany him. The RS guides are great for super general info (how to best interact with and expereince the local culture), and also some very specific ideas. They don't generaly have extensive listings in each city (instead opting for more detailed info on what RS thinks is the best), and leave out lots of cities, and sometimes whole regions within a country. Thats where I use the LP guides to fill in the gaps. Currently have my nose in his Czech Rep. and Portugal books... need to make a decision by friday.
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RE: Best European, And Country Specific Guide Books

Thu Apr 26, 2007 2:34 am

Never tried anything else, but Lonely Planet is usually pretty good.
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