Lonely Planet Switzerland (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet’s Switzerland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ogle the glowing Matterhorn and enjoy après-ski in Zermatt, stroll Geneva’s Old Town streets, hike through flower-strewn meadows, and hop aboard the Glacier express – all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Switzerland and begin your journey now!Community Review

  • I know people love Rick Steves, but I found this book annoying. I wanted to use it to plan a tour of Switzerland from Zurich to Geneva but, while the book has a section on Lake Geneva, there is not ONE WORD on Geneva except to say that other places around the lake are more worthwhile. C’mon, we’ll be spending a day there, and there ARE things to see and do! Also, the book does not include maps of suggested walking tours of historic districts, just text descriptions, which can be harder to follow when you’re, um, walking. Finally, Steves dismisses online reviews as less reliable than his own, rather than show how online reviews can augment his own recommendations. I finished the book suspecting that I was getting an incomplete and perhaps distorted view of Switzerland. I’ll be using other guidebooks in the future.
  • No knowledge or respect for the country here. Major cities (e.g. Basel) don’t even get a paragraph. The creative, historical, thriving Zurich is described as maybe worth one day of your time. There is no information about most of the mountainous areas for hiking. The tone is condescending to the reader. (He says things like: “This is an area with a lot of history. But why would you want to know about that? You’re here to relax.”)
  • Disappointed. Good information on trains, buses, cable cars, and hiking paths but minimal information on travel by car. Lacking in road routing guides, scenic itineraries, and free or economic parking facilities that are best suited to that mode of tourism. As such, it fails to cater to the expectations of a large section of the visiting public.
  • I’m a big Rick steves fan especially when it comes to Europe however I wasn’t pleased with this guide as such. First, and this is just my overall observation of the content in his guidebooks. I’m starting to believe rick focuses a lot on the arts and cultural aspect of a society hence many of his reviews rely solely on how a city measures up to that particular scene. And in this guidebook he sometimes failed to acknowledge some of the more remote but noteworthy towns of Switzerland which offer mind blowing scenic views. Isnt that the reason people put Switzerland on their bucket list. So they can enjoy a breathtaking experience in one of the most beautiful places in the world. If I had relied solely on Ricks suggestions I wouldn’t have derailed from big known cities like Bern or Lucerne and ventured out into the more isolated but view worthy towns of Switzerland. So keep that in mind when you buy this book. Rick does do a great job in providing you helpful tips and suggestions on how to go about in a country so for that reason I suggest you do purchase this guidebook. But you may have to conduct some of your own research to plan where else you’d like to explore.
  • I’m a big Rick steves fan especially when it comes to Europe however I wasn’t pleased with this guide as such. First, and this is just my overall observation of the content in his guidebooks. I’m starting to believe rick focuses a lot on the arts and cultural aspect of a society hence many of his reviews rely solely on how a city measures up to that particular scene. And in this guidebook he sometimes failed to acknowledge some of the more remote but noteworthy towns of Switzerland which offer mind blowing scenic views. Isnt that the reason people put Switzerland on their bucket list. So they can enjoy a breathtaking experience in one of the most beautiful places in the world. If I had relied solely on Ricks suggestions I wouldn’t have derailed from big known cities like Bern or Lucerne and ventured out into the more isolated but view worthy towns of Switzerland. So keep that in mind when you buy this book. Rick does do a great job in providing you helpful tips and suggestions on how to go about in a country so for that reason I suggest you do purchase this guidebook. But you may have to conduct some of your own research to plan where else you’d like to explore.

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