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If you’re heading to Oslo to soak up some seasonal Scandi atmosphere, then do yourself a favour and get yourself a copy of this compact guidebook before you go! It’s a clearly laid-out, quick reference tool that gets to the heart of the city’s top attractions, including the Viking Ship Museum, the Opera House, the Nobel Peace Center and fabulous Frogner Park. Of particular interest to winter travellers is the excellent coverage of Marka, the spectacular forested hills that surround the city. This guide tells you how to get there, and what to do when you reach this true winter wonderland, from walking and hiking, to cycling and skiing. If you have time to travel further even afield, you might also like to check out the Insight Pocket Guide to Norway.
Being such a large city, covering Paris in a pocket guide is no easy undertaking, and yet this Insight Guide manages to provide plenty of essential information for both rewarding weekend breaks and longer stays in the city. The book’s suggested “Perfect Day” itinerary comes highly recommended - it makes for a packed and pleasing tour, taking in as it does a boat trip, heaps of historical sights, shopping and bar hopping, ending on the scenic hill of Montmartre. The brief history section offers interesting background contexts, while the arrondissement by arrondissement structure means it’s easy to plan your own days out in and around Paris, with striking photography peppering the informative text.
Munich’s markets and magnificent old-world charm make it a top choice for pre-Christmas breaks, and this pocket guidebook is pretty much all you’ll need to explore the best of the city with ease, with inspired “perfect day” itinerary suggestions, clear maps covering the city centre, transport information, and top tips on where to find the best beer and food of the region. With the city itself served so well by trains, the suggestions for out-of-town excursions around Bavaria were brilliant too. Much like Munich itself, this guide was really impressive in terms of how much was packed into such a small package.
This smartly designed Insight pocket guide to splendid Salzburg makes exploring the city’s top attractions easy, from the un-missable fairy-tale Festung Hohensalzburg fortress and Mozart's birthplace, to hidden gems like the Augustinerbräu, a brewery run by monks. The generous number of full-colour photos are a real bonus, as are the excellent suggestions for easy out-of-town excursions, such as a day trip to Königsee lake, and an epic drive along the grand Grossglockner High Alpine Road.
The main attractions of this stunning city of a thousand spires can be easily explored on foot, and this handy guide is perfect for doing just that, with expert-curated, inspirational content that gets to the heart of the city. With a convenient area-by-area layout, the guide covers key sights in enough detail, including Prague Castle and St Vitus Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter and the atmospheric Lesser Town, with extra information on museums and churches of note. The accompanying full-colour photographs are a treat and will help you plan what you most want to see, while the pull-out map makes finding all those must-see sights a breeze. One thing’s for sure, you’ll definitely want to return to explore more of this charming city, and this handy guide will surely serve you well for a number of visits.
This fabulous full-colour guidebook is perfect for short breaks in beautiful Bruges and Ghent. It covers the top attractions of both cities, including Gravensteen, Stadhuis and Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk, and also has some really handy Perfect Day itinerary suggestions, which are invaluable for first-time visitors, especially when time is tight and you want to pack in as much as you can! Tech-savvy travellers wishing to travel light can download the free eBook and leave the book at home, though being such a handbag-friendly size, it’s really no hassle to carry around. As well as providing pertinent information about un-missable attractions, this also offers some insight into historical and cultural contexts, and suggests several great galleries and museums to pop into.
What a superb little guidebook this is, jam-packed with inspirational ideas that make for a truly special experience of Kraków. If you follow its recommendations, you won’t miss any of the city’s top sights, such as Wawel Castle, the magical medieval market square and Cloth Hall (a great place to find gifts). Locations of important historical interest are well covered and clearly marked on the handy pull-out map, and the eating out suggestions are first class.
This compact guide is perfect for long weekends in Reykjavik, and longer stays in/tours around the whole country, with excellent information about which out-of-town attractions are in easily reach of the capital, including Arbær Open-Air Museum, Fjörukráin Viking Village and an unforgettable trip to the amazing Blue Lagoon (pre-booking essential!). The “What to do” section is really useful for families, split as it is into interest areas (including outdoor activities like horse-riding, hiking, swimming and whale-watching) so plans can be made to keep everyone happy. If you’re travelling solo or as a couple, it’s also strong on nightlife and shopping recommendations, with plenty of how-to-get-there information throughout.
This great little guidebook truly enhanced a first visit to this glorious city, with the handy Top Ten Attractions section proving to be a great way of making sure all the main gems were seen, including Parliament, the Royal Palace, Széchenyi Baths and the National Gallery. The pull-out map comes as an added bonus, covering a big enough area in enough detail to meet the needs of city-walkers, and the transport map is also great for checking which stations serve the main sights.