Germany For Dummies

Germany For Dummies

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The German landscape features dramatic regional differences. Every city has its own aura, its own version of sausage, and its favorite local wines and beers. Cities range from busy Berlin to fun loving Munich...from Cologne with its world famous cathedral to Frankfurt with its designer skyscrapers from the romantic university town of Heidelberg to the port city of Hamburg with its risque Reeperbahn area. You can pack a lot of uniquely German experiences into your trip with this book as your guide. Cruise down the Rhine with its castle crowned crags or cruise the lively club/bar/disco scene. Join the locals in a giant beer hall with an oompah pah band or opt for opera. Go on a strenuous hike in the Black Forest or get pampered in a sophisticated health spa.
Whether you want culture or action, you'll find plenty to do in this guide that gives you the scoop on: luxurious hotels that take you back in time or modern, contemporary marvels; the Rhine Valley, with its romantic legends and thriving vineyards; the Barbarian Alps and the intriguing alpine resort town of Garmisch Partenkirchen; the imposing Cologne cathedral that dazzles your senses; Weimar, where Goethe lived, or Leipzig, where Bach conducted; shopping in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and Cologne, or on Frankfurt's Zeil, the busiest shopping street in Germany; incredible castles and palaces, including Sanssouci, Frederick the Great's 18th century rococo place in Potsdam, Zwinger Palace in Dresden with it's Old Master paintings and porcelain treasures, Nymphenburg Place outside Munich, and Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, the opulent fairy tale castles built by Ludwig II of Bavaria; and, the moving memorials at Dachau and Buchenwald.
It also gives you the scoop on: the art museums and symphony, opera, and ballet performances that grace almost every German city; romantic landscapes, from the majesty of the Bavarian Alps to the sandy beaches of the Baltic Sea, and from the winegrowing Rhine Valley to the rock cliffs along the Elbe; the Mosel Valley with its vineyards, Roman ruins, medieval castles, and riverside towns; and, cuisine that ranges from traditional local fare to dining with an Italian flair. Like every "For Dummies" travel guide, "Germany For Dummies, 2nd Edition" includes: down to earth trip planning advice; what you shouldn't miss and what you can skip; the best hotels and restaurants for every budget; and, handy Post it Flags to mark your favorite pages. Peruse this guide, pack your bags, and have a wunderbar trip.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 134.6 x 213.4 x 30.5mm | 476.28g
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • maps
  • 0764578235
  • 9780764578236

Table of contents

Part I: Introducing Germany. Chapter 1: Discovering the Best of Germany. Chapter 2: Digging Deeper into Germany. Chapter 3: Deciding Where and When to Go. Chapter 4: Following an Itinerary: Four Great Options. Part II: Planning Your Trip to Germany. Chapter 5: Managing Your Money. Chapter 6: Getting to Germany. Chapter 7: Getting around Germany. Chapter 8: Booking Your Accommodations. Chapter 9: Catering to Special Needs or Interests. Chapter 10: Taking Care of the Remaining Details. Part III: Northern & Eastern Germany. Chapter 11: Settling into Berlin. Chapter 12: Exploring Berlin. Chapter 13: Hamburg, Bremen, and Lubeck: Hanseatic Cities of the North. Chapter 14: Dresden, Leipzig, and Weimar: Jewels of the East. Part IV: Southern & Western Germany. Chapter 15: Munich: Capital of Gemutlichkeit. Chapter 16: Going Beyond Munich: The Romantic Road and Day Trips in Bavaria. Chapter 17: The Bodensee and the Black Forest: Scenic Southwest Delights. Chapter 18: Heidelberg, Stuttgart, and Nuremberg: Castles and Kaisers. Chapter 19: Cologne and the Romance of the Rhine. Chapter 20: Frankfurt am Main: Apple Wine and Euros. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 21: Ten (Zehn) German Lessons. Chapter 22: Ten of the Best German Hotels. Chapter 23: Ten Great German Museums. Chapter 24: Ten Things to Know about German Wine. Appendix: Quick Concierge. Index.
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About Donald Olson

Novelist, playwright, and travel writer Donald Olson is the author of the award winning England For Dummies, London For Dummies, Frommer's Best Day Trips from London, and Frommer's Vancouver & Victoria 2005. His novel The Confessions of Aubrey Beardsley will be published in the U.S. in 2006 by the University of Wisconsin Press. Under the pen name Swan Adamson he has written the novels My Three Husbands now translated into four languages and Confessions of a Pregnant Princess, both published by Kensington. Donald Olson's travel stories have appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic Books, and many other publications.
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