Best of Brussels Bruges Antwerp and Ghent (Lonely Planet Best of ...) Paperback – 1 Sep 2006
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What isn't so good is the travel information and I suppose by definition, the fact that very, very little outside these 4 cities is mentioned. I was hoping that some of the trenches etc near Bruge would be mentioned, but there was nothing. I imagine that want you to buy the whole Belgium book if you want this info, but for a half day trip I'm surprised they couldn't include a little extra.
Also I wasn't keen on the way things were listed as seperate entities. I like suggested walking itenaries (of which there are a few at the start of the book) so I found it a bit tricky to link the sights to where in the city they are. The Rough Guide generally does a much better job of this as it will basically say the sights and where to look in each area. I cannot comment on their version of this book though.
At the end of the day we went to all 4 cities in 4 days and this book, together with a few pages from wiki-travel helped us to have a pleasant trip.
Drinking. Don't waste your money. The Hotel gave us an excellent free guide with a first rate map.
It is much easier to use than the original LP format, friendly with its pictures and the organization into cities and then what to see, where to eat, shop and stay is very intuitive. However, I feel LP is going a bit into American Express' way, as many of the restaurants are a bit expensive, however, I don't know if it's their fault or the average price which is too high in some cities.
I think this is a great guide if you're not into true backpacking and are looking for some guidelines for your trip. Will definitely buy other Encounters for my future trips.
The information was accurate so far as I was testing it on a trip in December 2009 to Brussels and Brugge.
If you are middle aged and starting to get presbyopia then I advise going and looking at this in a shop first to see if you can get on with it.
One thing to note is that this was published in September 2008 and as of my visit in August 2011, a lot of hotels had either changed names or no longer existed. The street maps are largely intact as most of these cities (Brussels probably less so) are historic sites. But a lot of the entrance fees to Museums or attractions had also changed between 2011 and 2008. Naturally, all vade mecums will age, but it's worth nothing that there are more recently written guides to Belgium cities by other contributors.
This aside, a great pocket sized book with a pull-out street map for each city. Recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
good guide, like almost everyone in Encounter, the new ones are terriblePublished 16 months ago by Cátia Santos
disappointed that the map was missing from the book which was not in bad condition, not the sort of information we thought it would bePublished on 15 Feb. 2013 by Mil
...although it was slightly out of date, but I knew that, so can't really blame the book! Perfect for us, as we had decided to go to those exact 4 cities, so it was ideal!Published on 18 Jan. 2013 by PC Girl
Found this quide to the cities mentioned pretty good and generally took one to all th right places and pointed out features you woud probably miss. Lots of good tipsPublished on 19 Dec. 2012 by yar valley
Helpful little book which suggests itineraries to see the most in your trip. It was nice to have highlights from all four cities, particularly since it is feasible to see all four... Read morePublished on 17 April 2011 by M. Renee Leeson
Although this book was quite informative it was out of date, which I should of looked at more closely, there are a lot of changes since it was printed!!Published on 1 April 2011 by Foxy's Flavours
a brief and very superficial tourist guide with a pretty layout. Basically all practical information is left out as well as all background information. Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2010 by Christian Z. Munch-andersen