I took this book to Paris in the Spring of 1999, it served us beautifully as a guide to many the places in Paris we saw. Besides just seeing & visiting Paris environs, we also (because of our Knopf Guide) learned the historical significance of these locales. Gorgeous full color illustrations, maps of all kinds, fold-outs on all the important stuff. I read this book almost every night we spent in Paris, to map out the next days sight-seeing. Were going to Germany this year, and so far I can't find one of these on Munich, Frankfort, or Cologne. Needless to say I'd buy it in a heartbeat.