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Nov. 26 2002 Rough Guide to Belgium & Luxembourg
This guide to Belgium and Luxembourg features attractions from the art galleries of Bruges to the forests of Ardennes and the low-down on Belgian beers, including a top twenty list of brews, plus art and history essays, complete tours of World War I battlefields, and alternative perspectives on major cities and delightful small towns. For outdoors enthusiasts, the book contains plenty of advice on activities including hiking, cycling and canoeing. The authors also provide revealing background on art, history and politics.

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The holiday-makers' favourite guidebook series The Sunday Times Travel Magazine --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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After years of travelling, Martin Dunford took up travel writing and co-founded the Rough Guide series. He is now Rough Guides' editorial director. Phil Lee has been writing for Rough Guides since the late 1980s - his other titles include Norway, Brussels, Mallorca, Menorca, Pacific Northwest and Canada.

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Having spent an academic year studying and travelling in Belgium, I went through a great many different guidebooks to enhance my Belgian experience. The guidebook experience was a mixed one - some multi-area guidebooks devoted but a few pages to Belgium (Rick Steves' France, Belgium, and Luxembourg - very spotty on the Belgian information), others were more focused on the culture and history of Belgium than the intricacies of getting to a specific place (the Insight Guide to Belgium).
So, having gone through the gamut of books on Belgium, I can wholeheartedly say that this is the best one out on the market at the current time. The coverage given to tourist sites and getting around this small-but-wonderful country is outstanding...it helped me find some great, off-the-beaten-track destinations that other guidebooks might pass over. The coverage given to Luxembourg within these pages is also very well-done (not to mention helpful) -- something sorely lacking in other guidebooks.
The Insight Guide to Belgium is also recommended, but more as a cultural and historical primer. For the practicalities of everyday Belgian life, this is the only book you'll need (and its physical size is great - the least cumbersome and yet most informative guide I've ever carried around on my travels). So...what are you waiting for? Go to Belgium and take this book with you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide Book for Touring Belgium & Luxembourg Nov. 28 2001
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I am currently living in Belgium and have gone through several guide books to help find the spots to visit. Many other books focus on hotels or restaurants, but the Rough Guide focuses on where to go and what to see when you get there. It has useful information on how to get there by car, train and even bike. I take this book with me on my travels around Belgium and am enjoying learning more about this wonderful country.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything and everything you need to know about Belgium! March 27 2000
By M. D. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Having spent an academic year studying and travelling in Belgium, I went through a great many different guidebooks to enhance my Belgian experience. The guidebook experience was a mixed one - some multi-area guidebooks devoted but a few pages to Belgium (Rick Steves' France, Belgium, and Luxembourg - very spotty on the Belgian information), others were more focused on the culture and history of Belgium than the intricacies of getting to a specific place (the Insight Guide to Belgium).
So, having gone through the gamut of books on Belgium, I can wholeheartedly say that this is the best one out on the market at the current time. The coverage given to tourist sites and getting around this small-but-wonderful country is outstanding...it helped me find some great, off-the-beaten-track destinations that other guidebooks might pass over. The coverage given to Luxembourg within these pages is also very well-done (not to mention helpful) -- something sorely lacking in other guidebooks.
The Insight Guide to Belgium is also recommended, but more as a cultural and historical primer. For the practicalities of everyday Belgian life, this is the only book you'll need (and its physical size is great - the least cumbersome and yet most informative guide I've ever carried around on my travels). So...what are you waiting for? Go to Belgium and take this book with you!
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rough Guide has really captured these two little countries July 9 2008
By Jon L. Albee - Published on Amazon.com
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I traveled to Belgium in 1999 on a whim, for a long weekend in Antwerp, with about three days' notice. It was the best trip to Europe I've ever made. First, let me give you five (or six, or seven) really good reasons to go to Belgium and Luxembourg.

1) Since they are somewhat off the beaten path (with the possible exception of Brugge (Bruges), in Flanders), they're cheap. You can get top quality accommodations, food, and beer for about half what you would expect to pay for similar quality in Paris, Cologne or Amsterdam.
2) If well-preserved, but still functioning, medieval towns are your thing, consider this for a moment: Antwerp, Brugge, Ghent, Namur, Mechelen, Leuven, Tournai. Any questions?
3) The best beer on earth, period.
4) Small enough to get anywhere within two hours, and entirely realistic to tour on a bicycle.
5) More linguistic, cultural, artistic and geographic diversity crammed into a small space than any other country in the world. You get Dutch, French, German, and maybe even a little Spanish.
6) A courteous and helpful service ethic. Belgians love tourists! And I love Belgium!
7) Jacques Brel. If you don't know, make it a point to discover him while you're there.

And, of course, there are also five good reasons to buy this guide rather than other guides.

1) Essential historical, cultural and literary contexts that explain these small countries' somewhat confusing, multi-ethnic histories.
2) Encyclopedic coverage of all the cities, towns and important natural sites, including insightful historic and practical information.
3) Immediately up-to-date listings. Be sure to buy the most recent edition.
4) More substance than style. Rough Guides are intentionally that way.
5) A "not to miss" section that is well researched and looks beyond the obvious.

With mighty Brugge right next door, I still think incredible Ghent gets the short end of the stick. Some of the writing is a bit stale in this regard. For me, the hoards of tourists in Brugge make the experience in Ghent that much more authentic. There's nothing like falling into a Ghent pub at about 4:30PM for a Duvel, and staying on until you forget where you are. It's awesome. The same goes for "so-beautiful-it-hurts" Tournai, in Hainaut.

If you don't buy the book, go anyway. And if you go to Belgium and spend all your time in Brussels, shame on you:)
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide Book for Touring Belgium & Luxembourg Nov. 28 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am currently living in Belgium and have gone through several guide books to help find the spots to visit. Many other books focus on hotels or restaurants, but the Rough Guide focuses on where to go and what to see when you get there. It has useful information on how to get there by car, train and even bike. I take this book with me on my travels around Belgium and am enjoying learning more about this wonderful country.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide to Belgium Oct. 11 2013
By VC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I traveled to Belgium (Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels) for a week in October of 2013 using the 5th edition. Aside from the cost of things going up, all of the information we relied on was still spot-on. The Rough Guide is one of the few publishers that dedicates an entire book to Belgium, and that alone makes this handy for a trip to the country. The introductory sections are nice for gaining a quick historical and cultural perspective in the area that you're in. As is the case with all Rough Guides, they do an excellent job of describing the main tourist attractions AND suggesting off-the-beaten-tourist-path sites. The maps are small which makes it slightly challenging to navigate the medieval layout of most cities. At the very least it can get you to the tourist information offices where complementary and detailed maps can be had. Whether you're interested in checking sights off a list or if you actually want to dive deeper to explore Belgium, this book is a fantastic resource.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Edition For Kindle Fire Bad for Maps March 26 2012
By Marc A. Schoenfeld - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I would have liked this book on my Kindle Fire, but the maps are unreadable. Zooming in on them does not help as they are too blurry to read. Terrible engineering and too bad as I would have liked to use this for my trip.
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