RICK STEVES SWITZERLAND PDF
When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Switzerland, we post them here. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical. Explore Switzerland! Get inspired with Rick Steves' recommended places to go and things to do, with tips, photos, videos, and travel information on Switzerland. About Books Related Products Rick Steves Switzerland [PDF]: Title: Rick Steves Switzerland Binding: Paperback Author: RickSteves.
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But how to select the right destination? It ultimately depends on your interests and your tastes — and what your experienced travel writer tells you. It's my job to sort through all the travel-industry superlatives and "top ten" lists. Readers naturally want to know the best, but it's just as important to know the worst. With that in mind, I've pulled together a round robin of my candid opinions on the best and worst European destinations. Here goes: Let's start with the British Isles and its dullest corner, southern Scotland.
It's so boring that the Romans decided to block it off with Hadrian's Wall. But don't skip Hadrian's Wall; it covers history buffs like me with goose bumps or goose pimples, as the English say.
London, York, Bath, and Edinburgh are the most interesting cities in Britain. Belfast, Liverpool, and Glasgow are quirky enough to be called interesting. Oxford pales next to Cambridge, and Stratford-upon-Avon is little more than Shakespeare's house — and that's as dead as he is. Extra caution is merited in southwest England, a minefield of tourist traps. The British are masters at milking every conceivable tourist attraction for all it's worth.
Stay away from booby traps like the Devil's Toenail a rock that looks just like a These are among Europe's most overrated spots. Geneva, one of Switzerland's largest and most sterile cities, gets the "nice place to live, but I wouldn't want to visit" award.
It's pleasantly situated on a lake — just like Buffalo is. While it's famous, name familiarity is a rotten reason to go somewhere. If you want a Swiss city, see Bern or Luzern instead. Germany's famous Black Forest disappoints more people than it excites. If it were all Germany offered, it would be worth seeing.
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My favorite part of the country was not even mentioned. Steves leaves out entire swaths of the country, and many interesting towns. I felt I would have enjoyed travel to different places if I had brought my other guidebook. His obsession with the Berner Oberland, and especially with one town, is a bit much. Sure, it is a wonderful place. However, I would have spent 3 days there rather than 5 had I known better what it is like: I visited his favorite town which was great, but stayed in a town he dismissed, and I was glad I did.
Live and learn.
I ended up using the guidebook very little. It was heavy in my baggage, so I sliced it up, discarding the portions I had no use for as I went.
I did use Steves' backdoor travel bag, and found it very good for a three week trip. I loved Switzerland and feel privileged to have visited. I went solo, kept my eyes open, and developed a great appreciation for the Swiss. I've been a big fan of the Steves guides for a few years now, as they tend to be so chocked full of really practical and helpful information, such as how to purchase rail passes, use public transportation, avoid crowds, etc.
After using this guide during a 3-week tour of Switzerland, however, I am very disappointed. Well, despite being a single-country guide, he cherry-picks what you should see and completely ignores everything else. Look in vain for any information whatever about the city of Geneva, the country's second largest. No mention at all of Rheinfall, the largest waterfall in Europe, located in the charming but unmentioned small city of Schaffhausen. Another charming city in the Italian area of the country, Bellinzona, is also devoid of information in the Steves guide.
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It's fine if he wants to highlight his favorite places, but for a guide to a country that is smaller than West Virginia to have not even minimal coverage of its second largest city and other key attractions is absurd. Before examining this book, I was worried about planning a trip to Switzerland. I had concerns about expenses, rail passes, the Alps and what to include and what to omit. After all, we did not have unlimited time or money. After reading selected chapters of Rick's Switzerland, I had our trip planned and my mind was at ease.
What a relief!
For example, I was thinking of going to both the Oberland and Zermatt. Rick convinced me that the Oberland trumped Zermatt. Thank you, Rick. But Rick has his limits. He had nothing about the cool flea market in Zurich which I found in another book. The morale of the story is get Rick, but don't rely completely on his picks.
We found this quite useful on our trip to the Jungfrau region, though it would've been nice if it had more info about Wengen. The book described many of the things we wanted to do, with a lot of detail about things to visit and the logistics of it all like the trains and gondolas.
It was useful regarding Switzerland in general. It didn't cover hiking in robust detail, but maybe that's beyond the scope of such a book. I like Rick Steves books because they give you recommendations and help you prioritize.
The only shortcoming for us was the lack of coverage about Wengen, which it seemed to deride as touristy. But we were tourists! Wengen is a great "base camp" for someone wanting to visit the mountains on the east side of the Lauterbrunnen valley, and the views from some of the chalets are breathtaking.
There are lots of rentals available in the summer, some restaurants, a well-stocked grocery store, etc.
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The book seemed enamored with Gimmelwald, which is fine, but it's a very small village and a less attractive option if you plan to visit the Eiger, Jungfraujoch and other attractions on the east side. But all-in-all, we love Rick Steves books and this was pretty good. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. However, the Switzerland book is really limited to what Rick Steves thinks you should see.
For example, there is nothing about Basel even though it is the 3d largest city in Switzerland.
I somehow thought the section on the Alps was too focused on staying in Grimmelwald, and would have preferred a more generalized itinerary of the area. This book helped so much as we planned our trip to Switzerland. The author's suggestions for priorities in Switzerland were spot on for the various trip lengths. I was shocked though that the book never mentioned the Abby at St Gallen and the gorgeous library there. Thank goodness I discovered it in another guide book!
So glad we also went to Appenzell vs Geneva. I bought this book based on Rick Steves's reputation. Instead, I should have read the reviews. Nearly all of them mention the lack of information about Geneva. How can anyone who wants to be taken seriously write a guidebook about Switzerland and not highlight Geneva? The Steves organization should be ashamed. See all reviews. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.
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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.The file covers the transportation and hotel arrangements so you can get a sense of what kind of ground you can cover over the 15 days.
You'll learn how to plan scenic rail journeys, and which sights are worth your time and money. Paperback Verified Purchase.
While I grow increasingly irritated at the author's selectivism, I do appreciate the personal nature of the writing, his tips on the little things, and I continue to agree with his "backdoor" philosophy of travel. See all customer images. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. He does all of this with the help of a hardworking, well-traveled staff of at Rick Steves' Europe in Edmonds, Washington, near Seattle.
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