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Suggested Guide Books For Germany

Germany is a country known for its fine automobiles. It is also known for scenic mountains, castles and beer. Because of these reasons thousands of tourists flock to Germany to see its grandeur for themselves. The following Guidebooks have been recommended to me by my fellow travelers in Europe as excellent guide books. The books I am listing here I have used for other countries and have found them very useful. Therefore, I can safely recommend that these are good guide books to use when you visit Germany.
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Book Title Comments

Rick Steves' Germany, Austria, and Switzerland 2003
   Rick Steves lives up to his normally high standards with this compact, easy to use guide book. Steves provides up to date historical information about the major sites in these three countries. Steves lists provides detailed information about all of the "Don't Miss" cites as well as scenic, attractive, lesser known cities that you will be glad you visited. Steves also provides a list of good, budget accommodations and highly recommended restaurants. Lastly Steves provides helpful hints as to how long you should stay in a city, what order to see the cities in and other useful information for travelers. I like Steves' guide books not only for their helpfulness and detailed information, but also for the fact that they are so compact they are easy to carry around.

Michelin Green Guide:
Germany
  The Green Guide provides historical information about Germany. Furthermore, it provides historical information for most German cities worth seeing as well as an accurate rating system of how worth while seeing the city is. The Green guide provides a map of where the cities are in relation to each other. I find this useful to finding scenic, lesser known towns near larger tourist Meccas. The Green Guide Also provides walk through tours of the greater known attractions.
Michelin Green Guide:
Berlin
  The Berlin Green Guide provided detailed historical information about attractions in Berlin and the surrounding area. Useful if you plan to explore the Berlin area in detail.

The Lonely Planet:
Germany
   This mega guide provides excellent information on Germany. This book covers everything you ever wanted to know about Greece and more. It provides History of Germany, accommodations, visas, transportation information, and information the well informed traveler needs to know about every city and hamlet. Its best to read ahead of time and photo copy the parts you need.

The Lonely Planet:
Bavaria
   When most people think of Germany, they think of the region known of Bavaria. This book covers this region in detail for the avid castle addict.

The Rough Guide:
Germany
   The rough guide provides a comprehensive history and cultural view of Germany. It provides useful information of most cities and bergs. Also provides a very comprehensive listing of places to stay including a detailed price guide. The only draw back is its size. Its best to copy the pages of where you plan to be and leave the rest at home.
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 Germany People like it for detailed pictures.
Eyewitness Travel Guide to Munich & the Bavarian Alps Again great pictures and maps to let you pick out what you want to see.
Fodor's Germany This is a popular series but I have no knowledge of it.
Fodor's German Phrase Book Very useful for traveling in Germany.
Adventure in the Alps Detailed book about travel in the alps.

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