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  • Flexibound: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd.; Revised edition (Aug. 26 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789495600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789495600
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 12 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,761,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...considered to be the world's best travel resource to over 30 destinations around the world, make it easier to plan a splendid vacation. -- North American Press Syndication

Both novice and experienced travelers will be captivated. -- U.S. News & World Report

Each book is a visual as well as informational feast about a particular place. -- The New York Times

Encyclopedic in scope, it's meant to be used before, during, and after your stay. -- Travel & Leisure

The best travel guides ever. -- Sky Magazine

The most graphically exciting and visually pleasing series on the market. -- Chicago Tribune

This is a guidebook series that always seems to inspire smiles...You feel, looking at them, as if you could close the book and step into the street. -- Contra Costa Times

With titles covering Paris, Prague, and London, these pocket-sized guides are like a Michelangelo fresco: deliriously rich in detail. -- People Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
I have had great experiences with the DK Guides. I use it extensively in my trip planning and this is the guide I take on the trip.
This guide provides execllent information about local sites throughout Beligium. It gives very clear guidance concerning what you can find and access information. It also helps you to locate the sites with indexed maps and diagrams.
I have found that this and the other DK Guides are bit weak in providing guidance about what to see. That is, it offers little qualitative information--everything sounds equally wonderful. And we all know this is not necessarily the case.
So I always find another guide that has more opinions and recomended tours to determine what to see. I espiecially look for guided the provide suggested walking tours. This has worked out well for the most part. I use other guides to plan the trip and the DK Guide in the country.
It has very usable maps although sometimes too limited in scope and you may require a local map to get around beyond the central city. Also, because the book is a bit heavy and too large to fit in a jacket pocket after the first day or so I leave it in the hotel and rely on the local map when walking about.
The one topic I find most reliable is DK's restaurant recommendations. The two places I tried in Brussels were fantastic and offered everything that the guide described. I have had equal success with DK's restaurant recommendations in other cities/countries.
I think this is an indispensible travel guide as long as you know what you are using it for--planning or background info, etc.
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Format: Paperback
If there's something really wrong with this brand new eyewitness travel guide it's the subtittle: the book covers almost all important, interesting and delightfull pieces of land of this wonderfull "pocket" country and I'd rather nominate it: "Belgium: the essencial". This time, DK (editors) brought us a correctly concised, essencial, plum weight good-to-take-away guide, free from futile information. It has only 192 pages but it's far better than the 224 pages of Stockholm guide, for instance, that describes "atractions" to expent the time of a whole life and tells nothing about the exciting city of Upsalla, just 35 miles from the capital. The Guide describes the "you should go" cities of Leuven, Namur,Mechelen,Liége,Mons and others sites besides the "You must go" ones of Brussells, Brugge, Ghent and Antwerp. It's plenty of perfect tridimensional pictures, maps, texts, photos and special boxes with further detailed information, all of them pieces of art that give you a sistemic understanding about WHAT your mind and the 5 senses should "catch". One more comment: They clearly put in de limelight the flemish-speaking regions of the country. The French ones could receive more attention (perhaps more graphic details). The French-speaking comunity worldwide may not appreciate this uneven treatment. Anyway, the book's tittle and its price doesn't sell a mousetrap as a good camembert, so .... in this edition, The Dorling Kindersley Series almost meet again the perfect and final formula of a travel guide, as they did in the New York, London and Istanbul's editions.
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Very good book for the ones who want to get to know in details this wonderful country which has been active part of the contemporany history of our world.
It gives you information from the wolrdly famous French wineyards to tips about travelling in to the Romanish sites spread over around the country.
Its write style is very accesible to everyone who wants to start travel books reading and deep explore the frontiers around the globe.
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By ALEX R. THOMAS on Feb. 13 2002
Format: Paperback
Although this book is compact it is too heavy to carry if one is on a walking tour. I can read a newspaper without glasses, but with glasses I had trouble with the type. It is not in an orderly format nor is there is a good section on hotels.
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
It covers far more than the tittle tells you Dec 12 2000
By Ed Nevares - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If there's something really wrong with this brand new eyewitness travel guide it's the subtittle: the book covers almost all important, interesting and delightfull pieces of land of this wonderfull "pocket" country and I'd rather nominate it: "Belgium: the essencial". This time, DK (editors) brought us a correctly concised, essencial, plum weight good-to-take-away guide, free from futile information. It has only 192 pages but it's far better than the 224 pages of Stockholm guide, for instance, that describes "atractions" to expent the time of a whole life and tells nothing about the exciting city of Upsalla, just 35 miles from the capital. The Guide describes the "you should go" cities of Leuven, Namur,Mechelen,Liége,Mons and others sites besides the "You must go" ones of Brussells, Brugge, Ghent and Antwerp. It's plenty of perfect tridimensional pictures, maps, texts, photos and special boxes with further detailed information, all of them pieces of art that give you a sistemic understanding about WHAT your mind and the 5 senses should "catch". One more comment: They clearly put in de limelight the flemish-speaking regions of the country. The French ones could receive more attention (perhaps more graphic details). The French-speaking comunity worldwide may not appreciate this uneven treatment. Anyway, the book's tittle and its price doesn't sell a mousetrap as a good camembert, so .... in this edition, The Dorling Kindersley Series almost meet again the perfect and final formula of a travel guide, as they did in the New York, London and Istanbul's editions.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Very good resource for planning and en route July 12 2002
By "brucer51" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have had great experiences with the DK Guides. I use it extensively in my trip planning and this is the guide I take on the trip.
This guide provides execllent information about local sites throughout Beligium. It gives very clear guidance concerning what you can find and access information. It also helps you to locate the sites with indexed maps and diagrams.
I have found that this and the other DK Guides are bit weak in providing guidance about what to see. That is, it offers little qualitative information--everything sounds equally wonderful. And we all know this is not necessarily the case.
So I always find another guide that has more opinions and recomended tours to determine what to see. I espiecially look for guided the provide suggested walking tours. This has worked out well for the most part. I use other guides to plan the trip and the DK Guide in the country.
It has very usable maps although sometimes too limited in scope and you may require a local map to get around beyond the central city. Also, because the book is a bit heavy and too large to fit in a jacket pocket after the first day or so I leave it in the hotel and rely on the local map when walking about.
The one topic I find most reliable is DK's restaurant recommendations. The two places I tried in Brussels were fantastic and offered everything that the guide described. I have had equal success with DK's restaurant recommendations in other cities/countries.
I think this is an indispensible travel guide as long as you know what you are using it for--planning or background info, etc.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
GREAT TRAVEL BOOK March 21 2006
By S. Thornton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Flexibound
This was an indispensable tool my navigation of Belgium. I also purchased the Top 10, published by DK just so I would not miss anything. I liked the large maps and the clear directions to the venues. The pictures were GREAT. This book greatly enhanced my journey.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
At last - A DK Guide that's not too heavy Jan. 11 2007
By John H. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Flexibound Verified Purchase
Perfect for Belgium. Brussels, Bruge, Antwerp are all well done. The quality of the DK series makes them the pick of the class, but heavy. It's the only guilde that emmanates a feel for the area's architecture. I used the hotel section comparatively with other guides. It finished slightly ahead. What is unusual is a non-tourist perspective is part of the review mix. I am an intelligent successful high tech businessman and not particularly interested in clowns staying away from people that are. To me travel is not an entertainment video. It is a mix of pleasure, leisure, and learning while keeping in reasonable cost effective contact with the world that enabled me to make the trip. This is the one area that could use improvement. "Internet access" is a meaningless description. What's the cost, how fast, what mode, where, and how often is it available? For decades the hotel telephone has been the ultimate rip off tool. Now it's morphed into the cell phone realm. Despite what you have read international calling is still very expensive. When Best Western doesn't charge for the identical serice that Hyatt, Hilton,

Marriott, etc. do is it very clear whose happiness is primary despite what the brochure says. A lot more help on this would be most appreciated. Kudos to DK for giving local food a serious look. The inclusion of small, medium and high end places is a refreshing and useful change. For some reason no mention is made of the "ladies of the evening" displaying their virtues through sidewalk level bay windows along the street parallel to the Brussels airport-to-central station route about five minutes before it ends. After a long flight it provides a little spice that was missing in the airline food.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The best travel book around! Feb. 24 2006
By E. Erlendsson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Flexibound
DK guides are by far the best for any trip -- their black-by-block walking guides just can't be beat.

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