The Rough Guide to Germany

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Practical travel guide to Germany featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in Germany. The Rough Guide to Germany also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in Germany, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

The Rough Guide to Germany covers: Berlin and Brandenburg; Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and the Harz; Thuringia, Franconia (Northern Bavaria); Munich and Central Bavaria; the Alps and Eastern Bavaria; Baden-Württemberg, the Black Forest; Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland; Frankfurt and Hesse; North-Rhine Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Bremen; Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein; Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences for every kind of trip to Germany, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Rügen to family activities in child-friendly places, like The Zwinger, Dresden or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like the Berlin War Memorial.


Essential pre-departure information including Germany entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of Germany give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots trying Germany's most iconic sausage, drinking in beer gardens or relaxing in saunas and spas.


Rough Guides' rundown of Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to Germany, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in Germany, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into Germany, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning St. Bartholomä Chapel and the spectacular Schloss Neuschwanstein.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Dresden, the Romantic Road and many more locations in Germany, reduce need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780241306437
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 4/30/2018
Pages: 912
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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4.0 out of 5, 8 global ratings

Amazon Customer

Good guide

Reviewed on February 25, 2021
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This comes up to the quality of Rough Guides that I have come to expect. The reason I have not given it 5* is because not all the World Heritage sites were included, for example Lorsch Abbey. Please include them in the next edition.

Amazon Customer

on time

Reviewed on August 30, 2020
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Amazon Customer

Glad I held on to my McLachlan editions

Reviewed on April 18, 2020
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I love travelling in Germany. Thank heaven I visited the big cities and their art galleries before the age of over-tourism. The Rough Guide was my indispensable handbook in several editions from about 1992 onwards and I now realise just how masterly those Gordon McLachlan editions were, with their keen sense of history and aesthetic - so well written as well as being incredibly practical, with hotel and restaurant information that I came to rely upon as my default. This 2018 edition is very detailed too and therefore useful but it has been rewritten since my last McLachlan edition (doubtless he retired) and it's just not the same. I'm glad I kept my old editions, and I even browse them still...

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