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Suggested Guide Books For Europe

Europe is a large place with lots to see. With out a good guidebook, you are bound to be overwhelmed with everything to see. A good guidebook can help you organize your trip so it is the most economical both for time and money. If you are planing to spend time in one country, say Italy or Spain you may want a guidebook for just that country. However, if you plan on visiting several countries, it may be wise to get a guidebook for Europe as a whole and select what you want to see then specialize from there.

I have included several guidebooks that fellow travelers have recommended to me in traveling through Europe.
These guidebooks are good for numerous reasons for which I will elaborate on below. To order a book, click on the title and you will be taken to the Amazon.com web site.
Book Title Comments

Rick Steve's Europe Through The Back Door 03
   Steves' book talks about the top 37 sites to see in Europe. Using his "back door" philosophy, Steves' gives you the best budget inn, restaurants and hidden wonders of these marvelous cities and sites. Steves' provides a synopsis of what is worth seeing and what is should be avoided. Steves' provides travel tips for these sites, and inclusive histories including why these sites are SO important.
   I like this guide book because it combines accommodations, attractions, connections and restaurants all in one convenient, pocket sized book that is easy to carry around. Steves' also gives talks about the most economical accommodations, and since he visits once a year, he has current prices, as well as includes his own views on the accommodations.

Rick Steve's Best of Europe
   Steves' combines the 90 most popular destinations in his guidebooks into this one mega guide. Steves' provides the low down on budget travel, accommodations and site seeing. Steves' covers the major attractions, as well as the hidden wonders of each country.
   I like this guide book because it combines accommodations, attractions, connections and restaurants all in one convenient, pocket sized book that is easy to carry around. Steves' also gives talks about the most economical accommodations, and since he visits once a year, he has current prices, as well as includes his own views on the accommodations. This book is useful if you will be traveling through several European countries.

Europe 101
   Despite what this may look like, I do not have a secrete alliance with Rick Steves' to push his book. I am recommending this book because it gives you working knowledge of European art and history to make the sites more enjoyable. I know going through the British Museum or art Galleries of Florence that they are much more enjoyable when you know what you are looking at. The same holds true for the cathedrals of Europe. When you know the history behind them, you truly know what is so magnificent about them.

The Lonely Planet
Western Europe
  This mega guide includes any destination imaginable in western Europe. This guide packs history, culture, accommodations and details about cities into its monstrous volume. This book is huge and you may want to photocopy the parts of the places where you want to go.

The Rough Guide
Western Europe
Like the other rough guides, this one provides history of cities, cultural information, major tourist sites and accommodations. I really enjoy traveling with the rough guide and find it useful for not only cheap places to stay but for its dialog about little, hole in the wall sites.
Other Guide Books

These guide books seem popular but I have never read them so I can not give any feedback on them.
Let's Go Europe Many people find Let's Go to be a bit large and confusing. However, it is written by students and it sells thousands of copies so I guess some people like it.
Eyewitness Europe Many people like this book because of its detailed pictures. It lets you know what to expect before you get there.

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