First time to Europe? It’s our 56th. There isn't a hostel in Hungary we haven’t tested, a beer in Brussels we haven’t imbibed, or a metro line in Madrid we haven’t mastered. After going through the ups and downs, we know the ins and outs. Part local expert, part goofy travel companion, Let’s Go Europe lays down some Continental #realtalk: the secret ways to avoid lines at the Louvre; the truly undiscovered (read: not Dubrovnik) gems of the Croatian coast; and yes, you do have spanakopita stuck in your teeth.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book covers a continent! I can't say it's completely comprehensive, but it could be comprehensive enough to use as your sole travel book if you wished. I bought it as a starter book, to plan a trip, and I like it enough where I know I gotta take it with me. I especially love the "Don't Miss" favorite places/activities/sights to see at the beginning of each country/chapter, and the few pages of history of the country at the end of each chapter.
While geared for students, I would say it's not any less useful to us older folks. The book will always state that such and such cafe is a student hangout, young people congregate at this discotheque, etc. but other than notes such as that, it's really just a budget minded travel guide.
One note: this book is printed on very thin, newsprint style paper, and has very small font. If you're over the age of 40, you might need to put on your glasses :)
This book was truly awful as a guide. I bought it solely because of my experience with this same book 20 years ago when I was backpacking across Europe as a student. Back then it was truly my travel bible - containing insightful information with enough detail to be really practical.
Sadly, the students at Harvard have fallen far with this work. The information was frequently out of date. I asked the worker at one location in Salzburg when the last time the price was as indicated in Let's Go - it was so far back he couldn't remember. I found the same in Paris and Munich.
The write-up for Paris was particularly abominable. The description for the Louvre was 3 sentences of un-needed detail and two sentences of supposedly witty talk about the crowds - nothing about best ways to see it, history of the place, best times to go or how getting tickets online saves you hours in line. There were no day-trip entries for Paris - nothing about Versailles, Fontainebleau...
I spent 70 days traveling in Europe this spring and summer, and overall I was disappointed with this book. It inexplicably leaves out countries (most notably Switzerland since the book is geared towards western Europe) and seems more concerned with coming across as witty than actually providing useful information. The book is also a bit sloppy. There is a paragraph discussing Istanbul accidentally included in the Budapest chapter despite the fact that Turkey isn't even included in the book. It focuses heavily on hostels and night life neither of which I was particularly interested in. It is much easier to just look up hostels online to see up to date reviews of them and current availability and pricing. I'd recommend going with a different book.
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