Best of Europe 2014 Book
Best and worst sights, experiences and destinations:
Worst: Hotel Baslertor, Lucern, Switzerland
Why: Rooms require outside ventilation to be comfortable in late August. Impossible to leave windows open due to partiers and intoxicated individuals that continue until 0400. The modest cost is not worth it. Stay at an Amercian class hotel and get some sleep.
Andrew Finn in Raleigh, NC USA 09/01/2013
Why: Beautiful sights, hikes, swimming, great food, relaxed pace, and not overly touristy.
Worst: Mozarts residence
Why: We felt it was a rip off. Mostly portraits.
Sarah Slywka in Regina, Sk Canada 07/28/2013
Best: Night walk of Rome neighborhoods
Why: This was so clearly outlined and guided us through the streets with ease. In fact, we went first in the daytime, thinking we wouldn't have time to go at night. But then we were able to go back again at night. This was a wonderful experience.
Marsha Owens in Sandston, VA USA 06/07/2013
Best: Renting a bike!
Why: We were able to cover much more of the city by bike and it gave us a more localized experience. We rented from Bike City and were pleased with their service.
Marie Bradford in Brussels, Belgium 07/23/2012
Best: Prague -- without a doubt.
Why: City for city (among Berlin, Vienna, and Prague) it is the best and most intersting. I would add that Bratislava comes in a close second or third after Vienna.
Richard J. Quigley in Arlington, VA USA 06/21/2012
Best: Hotel Alpina/Murren
Why: Beautiful, cozy, lovely town. Wonderful hiking trails with so many blooming wild flowers!The only sounds are the waterfalls and the cow bells.
Sandra in Salley, Fl USA 06/19/2012
Best: Strahov Monastery and Library
Why: We had lunch at the Monastery. The view was amazing and food was good. It was so peaceful at the Monastery. My husband and I could have spent an entire day there. I think this location needs to be emphasized more in your book.
A. Obermayr in Vienna, Austria 04/27/2012
Why: Ancient history. Gives you a feel for what may be in store for the rest of the Mediterranean region.
Worst: Omitting cities in Switzerland
Why: Not everyone only goes to the Alps areas.
Marilyn in Metuchen, NJ USA 11/13/2011
Best: The bus tour in Paris
Why: The 3 interlocking routes allow you to see the main parts of the whole city We signed on for 2 days. You need at least 2 days to cover it all
p bax in Vancouver, BC Canada 10/30/2011
Best: Charles Bridge in Prague
Why: It was fun seeing the art, being on the river and bridge, and watching the people. Truly amazing.
Worst: Visiting St. Marks Square
Why: My wife had no problem with the Vatican, but at St. Mark's square they wouldn't let her in because her arms were showing. It was a modest dress that would not be a problem in most churches in Europe or the US.
Tom in Elm Grove, Wi USA 07/10/2011
Best: Borgese Gallery in Roma
Why: My 15 year old daughter actually enjoyed this place. All other museums/galleries she was bored. But, she now understands what a "master" is. Thank you Bernini and Rick.
Worst: San Gigminino
Why: I had been there on my RS Best of Europe tour in 2006, but thought it has become even more toursity. My daughter hated it, except for the torture museum, which frightened her, but she liked it.
Dawnya Brown in Saint George, Ut USA 04/02/2011