Friday, May 22, 2015

Lonely Planet Discover Germany (Travel Guide)

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Lonely Planet Discover Germany is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. See storybook castles arise from the Bavarian forest, raise a stein to an oompah band in a Munich beer garden, and take in the vibrant Berlin arts scene; all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of Germany and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Discover Germany:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including history, art, literature, cinema, music, architecture, politics, landscapes, food, drink, and more
  • Free, convenient pull-out Berlin map (included in print version), plus over 35 colour local maps
  • Useful features - including Walking Tours, Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar), and Travel with Kids
  • Coverage of Hamburg, the North, Frankfurt, the Rhineland, Berlin, Dresden, the East, Bavaria, Munich, Stuttgart, the Black Forest, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Discover Germany , our easy-to-use guide, is perfect for travellers who seek the most popular attractions a destination has to offer. Filled with inspiring and colourful photos, this guide focuses on the best of the best.

  • Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends a wide range of experiences, both popular and offbeat, and extensively covers all the country has to offer? Check out Lonely Planet's Germany guide.
  • Looking for a guide for Berlin or Munich? Check out Lonely Planet's Berlin guide or Munich, Bavaria & the Black Forest guide for a comprehensive look at all these cities have to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Andrea Schulte-Peevers, Kerry Christiani, Marc Di Duca, Anthony Haywood, Daniel Robinson, and Ryan Ver Berkmoes.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

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Most helpful customer reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
5Lonely Planet's Discover Germany - A Great Guide Book
By Mark
Lonely Planet Discover Germany (Full Color Travel Guide) is a great new guidebook from Lonely Planet. It is written in a direct style. It is organized in sections to cover different regions of the country, with sub-sections on specific cities and landmarks. And each section includes high level maps and quality photographs to bring the content to life.

It's hard to use a lot of guide books while travelling. Most of the ones that are comprehensive are a little too large and unwieldy. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, many of the more concise guide books have great color photos but don't give you nearly enough information for your trip. This book is kind of a good balance between those two extremes. It is packed with details and tons of high quality photographs, but it is edited down enough to make each section easy to use.

As an added bonus, a more detailed fold out map of Berlin is included in the back. For those who plan to make Berlin the center-point of their trip, this will come in handy.


This is a very useful guide book that is well thought out and full of good information. It brings to light parts of the country that most Americans rarely see, allowing you to prepare for your trip regardless of how far off the beaten path you want to go. And while it is not thin, it is a good size to easily fit in most purses and travel bags. Recommended.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
3Lonely Planet in full colour!
By C
This is a pared-down version of the classic Lonely Planet guide to Germany that is in bluescale. What it lacks in depth and amount of information is made up for with glossy full colour pages of photos and a pull out map of Berlin tucked into the backcover.

- Pull-out map is only of Berlin. This assumes that everyone in the English-speaking world goes to Berlin first and foremost rather than other cities in Germany. This is simply not the case. One of the main German airport hubs is Frankfurt and offering a map of that city may be more useful for the frequent traveler. Munich is also the center of Oktoberfest activities and a map of it and surrounding Bavaria might be better for the sightseeing tourist. While 90% of tourists traveling to France are Paris-bound, there are no corresponding overwhelming tourist statistics for Germany (Berlin).
- Not quite as in-depth as LP's classic bluescale series
- Not quite as much information as LP's classic bluescale series.

+ Full colour photos are nicer to look at.
+ Full colour photos on glossy pages make it easier to get excited about a destination or activity. A plus when introducing a favourite German destination to a travel buddy.

Recommended for those that like the more adventurous spirit of Lonely Planet Guides (as compared to Fodor's or Frommer's), but prefer to have a more concise guide and less options to be confused by. This guide is comparable to LP's classic series but there is less of it in a prettier package.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
4Inferior to Eyewitness Travel & Baedeker Guides, LP basic series
By Eugene Tenenbaum
The world of travel guides is dominated by two giants: classic, illustrated in color, very detailed Baedeker (since 1839), and more exclusive, profusely illustrated in color, detailed Eyewitness Travel Guides. Lonely Planet (LP) resembles more Baedeker, but Baedeker is better published and handier, has clearer layout and better maps, and its plastic wallet cover holds the guide and map protected in all weather.

The LP Discover series is - as this relatively thin ISBN 1742201199 Germany - in full color, but less detailed than the Baedeker, the Eyewitness, or the LP basic series. It has more illustrations than the Baedeker, but fewer than, and not as good as, the Eyewitness, which is 1 inch longer and thus less handy, but has excellent flexible vinyl bindings, greater number of details, superior layout, graphics, clarity, and - in general - the quality of being a souvenir\memento.

The content of approx. 29 pages of the book is shown by the's "LOOK INSIDE!" function. What cannot be seen is that the LP Discover series including the Germany has covers laminated only outside. For the record, the LP basic series has text detailed comparably to the Eyewitness, however it is not as profusely illustrated and mostly only in 3 colors: black, white, and blue, except a few dozens of pages with photos in full color printed on low quality paper, but still superior to the LP Discover series.

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