* GET AROUND with our 139 detailed maps, including one of Berlin's complex transport system
* EXPLORE Germany's historic cities with out detailed walking tours leading you to the grandest cathedrals and the finest hidden treasures
* DINE OUT in style - whether it's a Gastatte, a Weinkeller or just a Wurst that you're after, our eating reviews have got it covered
* DREAM SWEETLY in a 12-century castle or an eccentric, modern 'Flying Bedroom' - whatever your budget we'll find you somewhere to rest your head
* ESCAPE - cruise down the Rhine, hike through the Black Forest and ski the Alps with activities information throughout
I still like Lonley Planet as my guild book when I am make trip in my life.
Things I like about Lonely Planets:
- It is the most easily available travel guide written in Enlgish, even when you are in the middle of nowhere in a foreign country.
- It contains probably the most complete travel information, phone numbers, office hours, addresses, prices, etc.
- It has useful single-page maps which highlights all the attractions. I find this the best feature of the book.
- The book is in a reasonable size, easy to carry.
Things I hate about Lonely Planet:
- Instead of giving a fair description of travel destinations so that readers are encouraged to explore, the book is judgemental and often in a criticizing tone. For example, p. 474 "Titisee is an extraordinarily popular summer holiday resort with too much infrastracture for its own good." (Who are you to decide whether this is for its own good or bad?!)
- The book often recommends unauthentic and unusual dining options, such as Asian restaurants in European travel guides. (Why do I want to eat Indian curry in Salzburg and Japanese sushi in Munich??? If I want to eat them I'll go to Asia.)
Unfortunately, because Lonely Planet books contain useful information and are widely available, I still read them....Continua