Friday, September 18, 2015

Lonely Planet Belgium & Luxembourg

Engaging accounts of Belgium's four great passions - food, chocolate, beer and biking. Comprehensive coverage of the jenever bars of Ghent, the brown cafes of Brussels and the hip clubs of Antwerp, plus hints and tips for travelling with children. Features over 30 pages of detailed maps.

With Lonely Planet’s new "Belgium & Luxembourg" in hand, you will wind your way to Brussels Grand Place, discover the country’s finest baroque guild halls, popular pavement cafes and intimate cellar restaurants and admire the zany, intellectual comic-strip-art displayed with Art Nouveau at the Centre Belge de la Bande. Tour picturesque Bruges, one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities, glimpsing the famous relic of Christ’s blood, or bring the house down at the ‘party city’ port of Antwerp where one can find eclectic restaurants alongside a red-light district, right-wing politics next to cutting edge fashion, and baroque art and architecture flanking trendy nightclubs.

•39 detailed maps, including a full colour Brussels metro map •accommodations for all budgets, from gites d'etapes to five star hotels •comprehensive guide to the clubs and cafes of Brussels, Antwerp and Luxembourg City •cycling options throughout the region from the flat Flanders coast up into the scenic Ardennes •special sections on Belgian beer and chocolate

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful.
2The worst Lonely Planet I have read so far !
By Jochen
As much as I am faithul to Lonely Planet guidebooks, I was shocked by reading their edition of Belgium & Luxembourg. Not only did we have to wait 2004 to have a LP guidebook for those 2 countries (which must be after about all other regions in the world, even Antarctica, Papua New Guinea and tiny tropical islands), but it's not even half satisfying.

They should have kept the previous title "Brussels, Bruges and Antwerp", as there is frankly not much about the rest of the country. For instance, Belgium has some 3000 castles, but for some reason only 2 (yes, a miserable 2 !) are listed in the Lonely Planet. Same sparsity for the abbeys. Then, the book is heavily centered on Brussels and Flanders, as if the author didn't know more about Wallonia than the average occasional tourist. No mention of towns like Huy, Ciney or Gembloux - in fact they are not even on the guide's map ! No mention of the beautiful stone villages of the Condroz and Meuse Valley. It's like if they had written a guidebook about England without writing about the Cotswolds, Mendips and the country's many castles and stately homes ! It seems that the author is more interested in finding the best pubs and clubs in Antwerp than in historical and cultural sightseeing. There is more than lots of beer and legal drugs in Belgium !

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4Worked great for our trip
By Rob
Wanted to know what we could about Luxembourg & Belgium before we got there for vacation. It was help full and informative about what we could see.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Five Stars
By Morganmanx

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