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Lonely Planet , Mark Elliott , Helena Smith
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1 May 2013 Travel Guide

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Belgium & Luxembourg is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Meet for drinks at 'The King of Spain' in Brussels' Grand Place, cycle through the streets of Bruges, or experience the valley view from Rochehaut; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Belgium and Luxembourg and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Belgium & Luxembourg Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including culture, history, religion, art, literature, cinema, music, dance, architecture, politics, wildlife, and cuisine
  • Over 37 local maps
  • Coverage of Brussels, Around Brussels, Western Flanders, Eastern Flanders, Antwerp, Ghent, Liege, Verviers, Bouillon, Namur, Mons, Hainaut, Brabant Wallon, the Ardennes, Luxembourg City, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Belgium & Luxembourg, our most comprehensive guide to Belgium & Luxembourg, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for a guide focused on Bruges & Brussels? Check out Lonely Planet's Pocket Bruges & Brussels, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Mark Elliott, and Helena Smith.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 5 edition (1 May 2013)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1741799503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741799507
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fully re-researched and re-written 17 Mar 2011
As the author I naturally leave others to comment on the overall qualities of this book. However, I feel obliged to reply to the previous reviewer's comments that this guidebook was based on old or internet based reviews and that little had changed from previous editions. I can only assume that the reviewer was referring to an older edition. The current (4th) edition has been very thoroughly re-written and re-researched to a degree that is far beyond what is common in any normal guidebook update. Most significantly perhaps, the 4th edition goes out of its way to introduce dozens of intriguing smaller destinations that had been previously overlooked by guidebooks altogether (eg Marienbourg, Philippeville, Aarschot, Thuin, Gembloux, Spiennes, Aubechies, Ellezelles, Enghien, Sint-Truiden, Tienen, Hoegaarden, Turnhout, Hoogstraaten, Westmalle, Geraardsbergen, Reinhardtstein, Comines, Crupet, Lavaux-Ste-Anne, Semois Valley, Seraing, Remouchamps etc etc).
There was no earthly reason for me to recycle internet reviews given that I visited everywhere covered (the research took about half a year in-country) and the reviewer's assertion that reviews are out of date is particularly surprising. While I did retain some hotels and restaurants that had been reviewed in the past and that I felt were still good choices, reviews for such places were often entirely reworked. Meanwhile a large percentage of bars and restaurants were reviewed for the first time and several places that I included had only opened during 2009 (such as the Herge Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve, Hotel Verviers in Verviers and Chateau de la Poste hotel near Crupet).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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We visited Belgium and Luxembourg in July 2013, and I'm afraid I agree with one of the other reviewers that the book is horribly out of date (even taking into account the three years since the latest edition). Overall I feel I would have done better with a more up to date guidebook.

We visited Waterloo, and could not either hire a bicycle as advised or take the suggested jeep tour, as apparently neither option had been available for several years. Also, it wasn't clear that public transport was not readily available on a Sunday.

The maps of Brussels are almost impossible to use - the sites have been numbered alphabetically on the list, rather than numerically in order on the map itself, and it's really difficult to see at a glance where you are or where you want to go. The Underground map of Brussels was in black and white (!) and wasn't where I'd expected it (i.e. at the front or end), so it took me a long time to find, hidden away on p75.

We also visited Luxembourg, and the book confused us when we wanted to take the hop on hop off bus, as said to take a local bus further into town from the station first, even though the hop on hop off actually stops at the station!

The index was pretty poor and, in my opinion somewhat surprisingly, the impressive EU buildings are barely mentioned, despite Brussels being the centre of the majority of EU bureaucracy. The Belgians also seemed to be mad-keen on their Royal Family, but this is not flagged in the book, and I was really surprised at this.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money 1 Feb 2013
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If you are considering buying this (or presumably any other kindle versions of lonely planet guides)
, I would recommend that you don't waste your money. I would buy a hard copy and at least get a chance to see what was in it first. Not impressed at all. Little information. No photos. They are taking the Micky by charging this much for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful guide 28 Sep 2013
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Only used for Bruges but gave a good summary of the city's attractions. One factual error we spotted - we spent ages walking to a restaurant which no longer exists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good Lonely Planet product 26 July 2013
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It was as useful as I expect a Lonely Planet guide to be. It served its purpose well and I used its recommendations to my advantage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 24 April 2013
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We are visiting the Waloon region of Belgium and the book supplies some very interesting information on the area. It is very well written and illustrated giving a wealth of information on hotels, prices, where to eat and what is worth visiting. All in all a very good purchase and obviously includes other areas with the same sort of very good information.
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