Rick Steves' Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels Paperback – Apr 19 2011
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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 Doorin Edmonds, Washington, just north of SeattleRick'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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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.
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.
We use the books to help organize our time during the visit. We generally bring along the relevant pages from the book (not the entire book) along for the day for quick reference.
With a Rick Steves book and a good map of the city, you can pretty much head to any place in Europe and have a fun filled and safe visit.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
If you like the Steves' guides to other cities you will like this one too. I prefer them over Frommer's guides but they would be even better with more photos.Published 3 months ago by Peter K. Burian
As always, Rick Steves books are highly informative and easy to read. I always get one for the area that I am visiting and never seem to miss the highlights. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Honey
Traveled Amsterdam with this book before and was great. Gave it away to family on my last day and now returning and know a valued resource you have to have for traveling in Europe. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Shane Garcia
All the recommendations were very good . I went to Amsterdam for the first time , the book had a lot of information for where to go what to expect etc.Published on Jan. 13 2014 by Carmen-Maria Gheorghe
Sorry, but I appreciate the comprehensiveness of a Fodors, etc. After being stuck with Steve's book for a weekend excursion, I could appreciate its usefullness for keeping my loose... Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by Rivkah Rubinstein
I travel extensively and have been trying different travel guidebooks like DK Eyewitness, Fodors, Frommers, Lonely Planet, and Moon guide. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by William R