Rick Steves Best of Germany

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In Rick Steves Best of Germany you'll find essential Rick-tested information on the following top destinations, plus brief coverage of several "Best of the Rest" cities and regions:

  • Munich
    • ​Nearby: Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial
  • Southern Bavaria
    • Füssen and the King's Castles
    • Wieskirche
    • Oberammergau
    • Linderhof Castle
    • Zugspitze
  • Salzburg (Austria)
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber
    • Nearby: The Romantic Road
  • Rhine Valley
    • Bacharach
    • St. Goar
    • Marksburg Castle
    • Nearby: Burg Eltz
    • Nearby: Cologne
  • Berlin
  • Best of the Rest
    • Nürnberg
    • Würzburg
    • Frankfurt
    • Baden-Baden
    • Dresden
    • Hamburg
  • Practicalities
    • Self-guided walks and museum tours
    • Easy-to-follow color maps
    • Gorgeously illustrated destination overview
    • ​Trip planning: Pre-trip checklist, festivals and holidays, recommended two-week itinerary
    • City/region-specific advice on planning your time and avoiding lines
    • Transportation: Trains, buses, city transit, and driving
    • German history, culture, language, and cuisine
    • Handy German survival phrases
    • Advice on managing money, communicating, reserving rooms, handling emergencies, and other helpful hints

What's the difference between this Best of Germany guidebook and Rick's complete Germany guidebook?

Rick Steves Germany, the complete guide, offers more coverage of more destinations in a mostly black-and-white format, and is updated annually.

The shorter Best of Germany guidebook focuses on Germany's top destinations and sights, is in full color, and is updated every other year.

Both books are packed with hand-picked recommendations and Rick's travel advice and tips for saving time, money, and hassle.

Should I get the Munich Pocket guide in addition to the Best of Germany guidebook?

Nope! The Munich and Salzburg chapters of the Best Of guidebook already include all the information that's in Rick Steves Pocket Munich & Salzburg — and then some.

Should I get the Berlin Snapshot guide in addition to the Best of Germany guidebook?

Generally speaking, no — unless you want to visit Potsdam or Sachsenhausen (neither is included in Rick Steves Best Of Germany) or really dive into central Berlin (covered in-depth in Rick Steves Snapshot: Berlin but less comprehensively in the Best Of guidebook).