Best of Europe 2014 Book
Favorite discoveries or tips:
Thank you Rick and team for all of your advice! We are big fans! Tips for the Berber oberland and cinque terre were especially helpful.
Sarah Slywka in Regina, Sk Canada 07/28/2013
I would more highly recommend winter travel than these books seem to do. We have traveled many places from Florence to Rovaniemi Finland on the Arctic circle in Jan-Mar. If one is used to winter at all, they should be no colder than at home. The only time we were uncomfortably cold was during record-breaking cold in Sweden. And if I weren't packing nordic ski boots, I could pack just a carry-on bag. But I use a slightly larger rolling bag. Museums may have shorter hours, but that is more than made up in lack of lines, crowds, and other sweaty tourists! You don't have to hope the hotel has AC, they all have heat. The cities on water have more temperate climate from Amsterdam to Helsinki. Everyone from shopkeepers to ticket agents seem more friendly because they aren't overrun either. And we do subscribe to trying to learn at least a few phrases in the local language. They will be even more pleased.
Becky Yih in Park City, UT USA 07/14/2013
Tip: Do NOT leave home without Rick! We recently visited Rome, and we are so glad we had read several of Rick's books, visited the website online, and watched the PBS travel shows. We also downloaded Rick's podcasts for the Coliseum and the Vatican, and others eyed us with envy for having our own personal tour guide! We also knew to go to the Forum entrance to buy tickets, and as we walked to the front of the line into the Coliseum, we were met with both stares and glares! Thank you, Rick!
Marsha Owens in Sandston, VA USA 06/07/2013
Absolutely cannot imagine a better way to approach Vienna than following Rick's step by step guide within this book. We followed it religiously and were delighted to have "conquered" Vienna in the three days we were there.
Ryan Hooks in Baton Rouge, LA USA 02/25/2013
I love your guidebooks -- or as I call thrm the "bibles". My wife and I recently used the "Best of Europe 2012" and -- as usual you weren't wrong!! I would make a suggestion. My sense of European geography is not the best, so I was surprised to find upon my arrival in Vienna that I could take a boat ride down the Danube to another capital -- Bratislava, Slovakia (not mentioned in this volumn). I suppose you can't mention everything!! Still, you might at least want to mention that this wonderful city is so very close at hand. It was well worth the side trip. A few hours on a nice clean boat and a quick tour of the city with a wonderful tour guide (Susanna or Susannah) who was very knowledgable and willing to go out of her way for "her tourists". Inasmuch as you sometimes mention individual tour guides -- you should look her up. I am certain she would meet your standards. All in all a wonderful day in lovely Bratislava. BTW -- "Meyer Tort" is significantly better than the other known tort. And located on a lovely plaza to boot!!
Richard J. Quigley in Arlington, VA USA 06/21/2012
We stayed at the Ostello Venezia (Called Venice Youth Hostel in "Best of Europe") on Guidecca Island while in Venice. Right down the bay halfway between the hostel and the Zittele vaporetto stop is a great pizzeria called Dolcemente Salato, owned and operated by Mauro. He is super nice and we got into a conversation when he recognized "Best of Europe" in my hand. He once worked at a restaurant on the main island that is mentioned in the book so was quite familiar with Rick Steves. They have around 30 types of pizza, calzone, and sweets with good prices. A huge slice of pizza or one calzone was €3.50 with whole pizzas ranging between €7-10, and it tasted great. It's a super deal and perfect for people even on the main island. Take vaporetto line 2 towards Lido and ride it 2 stops to Zittele from San Marco-San Zaccaria. It also boasts amazing views of the island.
Mike Norton in Prairie Grove, AR USA 06/07/2012
We stayed in Rothenburg and were unable to find accomodations at the suggested hotels. However, we did stay at Burg Hotel Garni in Rothenburg. The service was excellent, the room was beautiful and breakfast was plentiful! The view in the breakfast room was amazing! I highly recommend this charming hotel.
A. Obermayr in Vienna, Austria 04/27/2012
Finding out how to get into cities via transportation saves lots of time. Invaluable!
Marilyn in Metuchen, NJ USA 11/13/2011
Your tip on carrying the empty wallet in the back pocket was very good. I didn't feel it going. However I don't think you should put any comments in it
p bax in Vancouver, BC Canada 10/30/2011
Innsbruck is not listed but they have some fun mountain hikes and cable cars.
Tom in Elm Grove, Wi USA 07/10/2011
If you are lucky enough to snag business class seats on a 747 anywhere, ask for the upper level. It is awesome!!
Larry Iversen in Bremerton, WA USA 07/07/2011
Over the past decade and after travelling all over Europe we have discovered that some of the most enjoyable experiences are locating free concerts that are often held in churches and museums. Be on the lookout for posters usually tacked to the doors of churches or in civic squares that advertise these events. We have seen lots of American groups performing in Europe--some professional and lots of youth groups.
tony ambrose in louisville, KY USA 04/27/2011
The best hotel in Heidelberg, Germany is Die Hirschgasse Hotel
Patricia Barry in Dallas, TX USA 04/12/2011
David's leather goods in Firenze. Excellent customer service and very good prices. I wouldn't buy leather anywhere else.
Dawnya Brown in Saint George, Ut USA 04/02/2011
Astarte Suites Hotel in Santorini island, Greece www.astartesuites.gr
Nicole in City of London, UK 02/07/2011