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Lonely Planet Western Europe 9th Ed.: 9th edition Paperback – Sep 1 2009

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  • Paperback: 1156 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 9 edition (Sept. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741049172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741049176
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13.1 x 4.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 930 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #489,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Best for curious and independent-minded travelers' --Wall Street Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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LONELY PLANET aims to cater for every independent traveller, whatever the destination, whatever the style of travel and whatever the phase of the journey.

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I have chosen to rate 6 guides for Europe. I think there are a variety of guides. In general there are four "layers" of detail in the books on the market. There are the (1) Europe guides (reviewed here), (2) the single country guides, (3) the city guides and then (4) a variety of specialty guides such as Eurail rail guides, hiking, budget Europe, camping, restaurants, wine country, mountains, gay and lesbian guides, etc. At my bookstore there are 3 large racks of books on Europe. I have selected 6 of what seems to be the best selling guides or guides that I thought might be of general interest, and gave them my own personal ranking - just for category (1) - Europe overview. Five are very popular, one less so.
What I am looking for is a quick overview - not every tiny detail. Europe is too big and you should by a guide on France if you are going mainly to France. I think the books with photos are better since they allow you to get a better idea of the places that you might want to visit - while you plan the trip. A picture is worth 1000 words. So one might want to buy the guide before calling a travel agent.
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Eyewitness Europe by DK - $21.

It is 800 pages long and ranks about 11,400 on the sales ranking. It has all the basic stuff such as maps, food guides, accommodations, places to see, travel tips, culture, museums, history, etc. plus it has outstanding visuals. Many excellent color photos and maps. It is a good introduction and overview and makes for a beautiful souvenir. Just an outstanding and beautiful book.
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Michelin The Green Guide - Europe, 2e - $14.

This is not a popular book on It rates a distant 344,544 on the sales rank and is just 540 pages long.
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HASH(0x9e9657bc) out of 5 stars You're going to LOVE EUROPE! Sept. 23 2004
By Richard R. Carlton - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've been to Europe >50 times, nearly all countries. Here are my reviews of the best guides to meet you r exact needs.....I hope these are helpful and that you have a great visit! I always gauge the quality of my visit by how much I remember a year later......this review is designed to help you get the guide that will be sure YOU remember your trip many years into the future. Travel Safe and enjoy yourself to the max!

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet has City and Out To Eat Guides. They are all about the experience so they focus on doing, being, getting there, and this means they have the best detailed information, including both inexpensive and really spectacular restaurants and hotels, out-of-the-way places, weird things to see and do, the list is endless.

Rick Steves' books are not recommended. They may be an interesting read but their helpfulness is very poor. They don't do well on updates, transportation details, or anything but the first-time-tourist routine and even that is somewhat superficial on anything but the mega-major sites.


These are time tested guides that pride themselves on being updated annually. Although I think the guides below provide information that is in more depth or more concise (depending on what the guide is known for), if your main concern is that the guide has very little old or outdated information, then this would be a good guide for you.

Blue Guides

Without doubt, the best of the walks guides.... the Blue Guide has been around since 1918 and has extremely well designed walks with lots of unique little side stops to hit on just about any interest you have. If you want to pick up the feel of the city, this is the best book to do that for you. This is one that you end up packing on your 10th trip, by which time it is well worn.


MapGuide is very easy to use and has the best location information for hotels, tourist attractions, museums, churches etc. that they manage to keep fairly up to date. It's great for teaching you how to use the public transportation system. The text sections are quick overviews, not reviews, but the strong suite here is brevity, not depth. I strongly recommend this for your first few times learning your way around the classic tourist sites and experiences. MapGuide is excellent as long as you are staying pretty much in the center of the city.

Time Out

The Time Out guides are very good. Easy reading, short reviews of restaurants, hotels, and other sites, with good public transport maps that go beyond the city centre. Many people who buy more than one guidebook end up liking this one best!

Let's Go

Let's Go is a great guide series that specializes in the niche interest details that turn a trip into a great and memorable experience. Started by and for college students, these guides are famous for the details provided by people who used the book the previous year. They continue to focus on providing a great experience inexpensively. If you want to know about the top restaurants, this is not for you (use Fodor's or Michelin). Let's Go does have a bewildering array of different guides though. Here's which is what:

Budget Guide is the main guide with incredibly detailed information and reviews on everything you can think of.

City Guide is just as intense but restricted to the single city.

PocketGuide is even smaller and features condensed information

MapGuide's are very good maps with public transportation and some other information (like museum hours, etc.)


Famous for their quality reviews, the Red Michelin Guides are for hotels & Restaurants, the Green Michelin Guides are for main tourist destinations. However, the English language Green guide is the one most people use and it has now been supplemented with hotel and restaurant information. These are the serious review guides as the famous Michelin ratings are issued via these books.


Fodor's is the best selling guide among Americans. They have a bewildering array of different guides. Here's which is what:

The Gold Guide is the main book with good reviews of everything and lots of tours, walks, and just about everything else you could think of. It's not called the Gold guide for nothing assumes you have money and are willing to spend it.

SeeIt! is a concise guide that extracts the most popular items from the Gold Guide

PocketGuide is designed for a quick first visit

UpCLOSE for independent travel that is cheap and well thought out

CityPack is a plastic pocket map with some guide information

Exploring is for cultural interests, lots of photos and designed to supplement the Gold guide
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e9ac60c) out of 5 stars Because you will want their advice Jan. 15 2008
By Rachael R. Kenney - Published on
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Just got back from visiting 8 countries in three weeks and this book came to my rescue many times. I'd recommend making photocopies or pulling out the pages for your trip so you do not have to lug the whole book around. This was a great way to get an idea of what to plan to see (the cities in two days boxes are really helpful to make a plan and the food recommendations are great (the prices are super helpful). I will definitely buy an updated version of this book if I ever do a similar trip!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e967de0) out of 5 stars this needs to be in your backpack May 22 2007
By P. Craig - Published on
Format: Paperback
Complete, detailed information about most places the typical eurail traveller will go. I'm in the middle of a four week trip through Europe and have found it to be valuable. You don't need a book to help you find a party.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e9b5df8) out of 5 stars Best Preparation You'll Do! Aug. 11 2007
By Kiwi Flyer - Published on
Format: Paperback
We have now completed three trips of Europe and Great Britain - all of which were fantastic, mainly because of the knowledge this book brings you. The ability to be able to be able to budget properly, know the good and bad parts of town and the true highlights of a location makes it worth every cent. Nothing really goes out of date either so even after a couple of years, it is still a very useful book to have and one that I would highly recommend taking with you (instead of those three shirts that you'll never wear!). Obviously you have to chose what suits your tastes and budgets but this book gives you the best arrangement of options available in any one location. We haven't been disappointed yet.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e9b5e28) out of 5 stars Western Europe Lonely Planet Review July 7 2011
By Traveler5 - Published on
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Having used many other of Lonely Planet's guides for other countries and regions, I was incredibly let down with this guide and the Spain guide, as well. These two guides had very lofty descriptions and often took a bit of prying to reach the meat of what I should get out of it in each city. Other Lonely Planet guides are very direct in telling one exactly what to see in each place (I have previously used Turkey, Egypt, Guatemala, Southeast Asia, China and others). These two guides would be best written for someone who is spending extensive amounts of time in each place (> 2 weeks). For someone like me, trying to see several places in one trip, it would be more beneficial to me to see highlights in each city and read extensive descriptions about the 5-6 greatest things to see there. For instance, in Cairo, the Egypt guide had a descriptive room-to-room description and map of the Museum there (with mummies and relics) and about what highlights to see in each room. This was not apparent in this book. However, it did manage to give many good recommendations (though prices tend to be underestimated) despite the highlights setback.

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