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April 19 2011 Rick Steves' Amsterdam, Bruges, & Brussels
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you 'really' need to know when traveling in Amsterdam, Bruges, and Brussels. The self-guided tours in this book will lead you on bike rides over cobblestone streets and on cruises through charming canals. Stop to smell the tulips as you hike past whirring windmills. Get inspired by the work of the Dutch Masters and visit the ultramodern European Parliament. When it's time for a break, sample fine chocolates or sip local beers—each served in its own distinctive glass. Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. You'll learn how to get around the Low Countries by train, bus, or car, and discover which sights are worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.

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About the Author

Rick Steves has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. Rick produces a public television series '(Rick Steves' Europe)', a public radio show '(Travel with Rick Steves)', and a podcast '(Rick Steves' Audio Europe)' ; writes a bestselling series of guidebooks and a nationally syndicated newspaper column; organizes guided tours that take thousands of travelers to Europe annually; and offers an information-packed website (ricksteves.com). With the help of his hardworking staff of 70 at Europe Through the Back Door—in Edmonds, Washington, just north of Seattle—Rick's mission is to make European travel fun, affordable, and culturally broadening for Americans. Gene Openshaw is a writer, composer, tour guide, and lecturer on art and history. Specializing in writing walking tours of Europe's cultural sights, Gene has co-authored eight of Rick's books and contributes to Rick's public television series. As a composer, Gene has written a full-length opera '(Matter),' a violin sonata, and dozens of songs. He lives near Seattle with his daughter, and roots for the Mariners in good times and bad.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only travel guide you'll need March 17 2003
My friends and I just returned from 6 days in Amsterdam with a day trip to Bruges. We took along several travel guides but this book was the one we ended up using again and again. It clearly lists the top attractions and how to get the most from them. We especially liked the museum tours and self-guided walking tours. The maps are great and easy to use. Tips on negotiating the train system were very helpful. The restaurant choices were also very good. We stayed at the Hotel Hestia in Amsterdam and loved it (great location, reasonable price, friendly staff). Be sure to also pick up a free copy of "Boom Chicago's Guide to Amsterdam" when you get into town for a humorous look at the Dutch Culture and a discount offer on a hilarious comedy show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved travel time and doubled the experience July 24 2003
I've watched Rick Steves on TV and enjoyed his rather unique take on travel. We were traveling to the low countries and I decided to give his book a try. All the resturants recommended were good. Hotels were also good and we even got a discount when we mentioned that we found one of the hotels in his book to the desk clerk.
Historical landmarks were even more interesting with all the written history on the sites. We had no intention on visiting Bruges but were very glad we did once we started reading the book. Bruges turned out to be better than Brussels and on par or better than Amsterdam. I'd visit Bruges again before I visited Venice, Barcelona, Munich, or Salzburg. Glad this book steered us in that direction.
Maps and day schedules were also very helpful. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and I don't give 5 stars unless well deserved.
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This guide beats all others, hands down. We relied on it almost exclusively.....just returning from Holland and Belgium. The guide through the Rijksmuseum & van gogh in Amsterdam were super. We followed Rick's tour through Brugge which was very enjoyable.
We stayed at Rick's suggested picks for hotels: Hotel Heritage in Bruge and the Diseptiem (sp wrong) in Brussels. They were top notch as well. The book provided great tips that added to the ease and enjoyment of our trip (for example....we knew to head right to the train station to park in Haarlem).
Only thing the book didn't adequately prepare us for was the difficulty of driving---in any city. Street signs are incredibly tough to see and getting lost is the norm. Detailed driving directions are a must - and locals don't know how to give them! And don't drive to Bruge!!!!!
Also, prices must be updated (euro is way up), and there is significant fluctuation in exchange rates by country. Holland is much better than Belgie or France.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!! Oct. 21 2013
By 205
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Just spent a week in Amsterdam with my wife. We used this book as the basis for our trip and the book provided all the necessary information for us to have a successful trip.

We typically use the guidebooks for the history and help with the attractions and Rick Steves is excellent at this. The travel tips are also very helpful and he gives a good general overview of the City which helps us plan our time.

A warning though, as we are independent travelers, restaurant recommendations are something that is not important to us as these things change and we are happy to rely on our judgement. Same thing for accommodation - Tripadvisor has taken the place of guidebooks for this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars kindle guide much easier to carry Sept. 19 2014
By Leia
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We picked up the Kindle version as we didn't want to carry our old paperback guide this time. It worked much better than I expected. In fact we began a walking tour of Antwerp using. A city tourist booklet we bought for 5 euros, ditched it 1/2 way as too obscure to follow, turned on the Kindle ap and enjoyed a lovely, easily followed walk following Rick's clear instructions..The maps show large and clear on a tablet. The Harlem section was helpful but ion that case we found the touristoffice's Almshouse walk and the Monuments walk to be excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rick won't steer you wrong June 22 2004
By susancb
Rick Steves gives no-nonsense advice on the things you really need to see. He's a little more enthusiastic than warranted when it comes to Brussels (blecch!), but his other recommendations are spot on. We used this book so often on our Low Countries trip that we started referring to it as "the Bible." One caveat: expect to see other Rick Steves-toting tourists wherever you go.
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