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Very helpful and well laid-out
on 2 April 2014
9 times out 10, I find the Lonely Planet version of a particular city or country guide to be to my preference. However, in this instance, the Rough Guide version is a much better choice.
I have the latest Lonely Planet Berlin Guide and it's layout is not as straightforward or easy to use as this one. Here, everything flows as it should really, there's a chapter on a particular district and within that there's the sub-sections on 'Sights', 'Accomodation', 'Restaurants', etc. Lonely Planet has the Restaurants all lumped together at the back of the back, and it's certainly not as conducive for ease of reference.
The maps here, the ones that I used, are spot-on. They are useful in determining distances because I was able to walk to places based on seeing the map, whereas elsewhere I was being advised that I had to get a bus, etc! They also covered the district where I was based more in detail than Lonely Planet did. Heading out of the centre, the maps of Grunewald, Wannsee and Potsdam are very helpful too.
If I was heading to Berlin for a trip, then I'd definitely go for this. It's the most up-to-date (at the current time of writing) but it would mainly be for the reason of its simplistic layout yet holding great detail and tips.