- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Fodor's Travel; 4 edition (14 April 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 110187807X
- ISBN-13: 978-1101878071
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.3 x 20.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 558 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Experienced and first-time travelers alike rely on Fodor's Gold Guides for rich, reliable coverage the world over. Updated each year and containing a foldout Rand McNally map, a Fodor's Gold Guide is an essential tool for any kind of traveler. If only you had one guide, this is the guide for you.
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Vivid descriptions evoke what makes Switzerland unique - Local experts show you the special places - Thorough updating keeps you on track - Practical information gives you the tools to explore - Easy-to-use format puts it all at your fingertips
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Stay in Victorian mountain chalets, family-run inns, sleek modern hotels - Dine in pine-paneled Stubli, chic French bistros, rustic Italian grotti - Check out hundreds of detailed reviews and learn what's distinctive about each place
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Useful maps and background information - How to get there and get around - When to go - What to pack - Essential French, German, and Italian vocabulary - Costs, hours, and tips by the thousands
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And I don't think the guide adequately addresses things like train ticket options -- such as the purchase of a Swiss rail pass which can be a very good choice for many tourists.
There is always a possibility that some of the information I was seeking is somewhere in this guide and I couldn't find it, but I don't think so.
I also purchased the Fodor's guide to England for this trip and had similar experience with it. Superficial at best and lacking in the practical details so important when you are traveling on your own.
The Fodor's travel guide does not have an index, which I found very annoying. It also has limited information about the Swiss rail system, and it seems to be geared toward more expensive hotels, restaurants, etc. than the Rick Steves guide.
We recently used this for our trip to Switzerland and found it very useful indeed. We did not use their restaurant or hotel recommendations as there were many other credible sources online for this, e.g. TripAdvisor, Rick Steves' forums, etc. But their suggestions on the major highlights are very appropriate for a first time visitor or someone looking to dig deeper into a specific region. However, unlike other sources, e.g. Rick Steves or Frommers' this guide lacks practical suggestions on how to save money or time with practical tips, e.g. how to buy tickets in advance or how to save waiting time, etc. So, that part leaves a first time visitor in the lurch. This void however, was best filled by local hoteliers or tourist offices who are more than helpful atleast in the case of Switzerland, where the breathtaking My Switzerland guides from the embassy were an awesome reference!
All in all, an adequate companion for a first time visitor. However, those who are looking for an in-depth guidance on hiking trails or specific guidance on buses or trains will find it lacking.