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  • Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 6 edition (Feb. 10 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598803778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598803778
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 12.1 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #418,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steves preaches a low-cost, low-to-the-ground style that not only saves money, but gets you closer to the real Europe, the way Europeans experience it.

About the Author

Rick Steves is on a mission: to help make European travel accessible and meaningful for Americans. Rick has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. He's researched and written 24 travel guidebooks and hosts the public television series Rick Steves' Europe, now in its seventh season. He also organizes and leads tours of Europe and offers an information-packed website (www.ricksteves.com). Rick lives in Edmonds, WA, just north of Seattle, with his family. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Rick Steves reads more like a narrative than other guide books I have seen. I found this a very handy aid in preparing for my trip. Rick weaves humour into his writing and focuses on the important sights. He tends to cater to a more mature audience. This may not be ideal for those on "lads trips", but overall this is a great guide book for lovers of history and art.
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Generally the book was written well, except the suggestions for visiting Terezin. Rick said to take the bus from Prague and walk between the small fortress and the rest of town - there is no way a middle aged couple (like us) could walk that distance and tour the sites, much less so for someone older.

Also, restaurant suggestions for Old Prague were too general and difficult to understand properly, as there are probably 100 traditional Czech restaurants around, and they all seem to serve the same stuff (mainly roast pork with dumplings).
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By maurice on April 16 2013
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Excellent guide. Très peu d'illustrations mais il comporte de nombreux renseignements pratiques qu'on ne trouve pas ailleurs. À utiliser en complément avec un autre guide plus détaillé (Voir ou Vert)
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Macleod on Sept. 10 2009
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My dad ordered this book because he is heading for a trip to Prague.

My dad enjoys reading and learning all about Prague and the pictures as well, too!
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
We used this one the most, by far July 10 2009
By Leonard Koscianski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Of the three books we took - Rick Steve's Prague, Fodors, and DK this was the most useful. The book is easy to use and easy to read beforehand. I felt prepared when we stepped off the plane. His tours of the major sights are well organized with very good info. His maps are helpful, I referred to them constantly. He himself recommends buying a city map to supplement the book, so do I. We also took his advice when we visited nearby Kutna Hora, the book was very good there as well. Fodors was a little better with food, so bring that one too. When it comes to travel we are do-it-yourselfers. His book was just what we needed. Read the fine print, he even covers details like car rental, money exchange, and telephone.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Not up to normal Rick standards June 1 2012
By DfwTraveler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am normally a huge Rick fan. My friends and I followed Rick's Italy book so closely that we took pictures with the book and were thrilled when we met him at one of his recommended restaurants. That being said- I am not a fan of this book. I have the March 2012 edition. It is not up to his normal standards. It doesn't have the normal detailed walking/museum tours that I have come to rely on. It also doesn't have the guidance about how long to expect a location or area to take. Then this evening I realized that the index in the back doesn't include all the restaurants and cafes that he includes. I am using his Budapest book at the same time and it is vastly superior. I hate to say it but I really would pass on this Rick book.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Praguelover Oct. 20 2009
By Margaret Horn - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provides an excellent overview of the city by sections that include maps, restaurants and hotels, places of interest, and transportation. I liked his helpful comments on money exchange - best to use your ATM card and be sure to let your bank know the country where you will be using it before you leave - (with the exchange rate in the back of the book)and tips on everything from tipping to enjoying a picnic lunch. You can tell he is familiar with the city. His advice to eat at local restaurants is good and one doesn't have to go far to stumble upon one. Whether walking or taking public transportation, Prague is an easy city to get around in and it's reputed beauty doesn't disappoint.
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Looking forward to Prague Sept. 2 2008
By Lynn Michelsohn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reading this book has helped me understand why Prague has become a top tourist destination. Now I, too, want to explore the architecture, music, food, and history of what sounds like an amazing city. With this book I feel comfortable planning a visit, even without knowing a word of the language. Having used other of Rick Steves' books in the past, I trust him to steer me to enjoyable, safe, and affordable experiences.

As in all of his books, Steves states his approach to travel clearly: he doesn't cover everything, just the "best" places, the best according to him, of course. My tastes and orientation align with his (interesting, moderately priced travel, including as much local immersion as is reasonable), so I rely on his books to provide the wonderful backbones of great trips. For visiting places other than his "best" I use a more comprehensive guide book, like Lonely Planet, in addition to (rather than instead of) his.

-Lynn Michelsohn, author of Roswell, Your Travel Guide to the UFO Capital of the World!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Don't get the Kindle version Nov. 27 2012
By MMQ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm a Rick Steves' guidebook fan, and this is the first time I tried one of his guides on the Kindle, hoping to shed a little of the weight of paper guidebooks on my recent trip to Prague. It was very useful on the plane over, as I read the general information (history, overview, etc). I'm sure the print version is fine. But I didn't find it convenient to carry the Kindle with me everywhere I went, and I wound up buying a paper guidebook (DK Eyewitness) after all. Even with the Kindle in hand, it was awkward to look up specific sites - if there's an index, it's well hidden. Do a search on "Charles Bridge", and you get 55 hits. Which one shows me where the bridge is and why I should see it? If you have to use the Kindle search tool to find things, good luck if you don't know how to spell "Wenceslas" - at least if you're looking it up in a printed index in a book, you'll find it even if you're off by a letter or two, but not on the Kindle. It seemed like a good idea to get the guide on the Kindle, but I won't try that again soon.

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