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Europe For Dummies by Donald Olson, Elizabeth Albertson, Bruce Murphy, Alessandra de Rosa

For Dummies Travel guides are the ultimate user-friendly trip planners, combining the broad appeal and time-tested features of the For Dummies series with up-to-the-minute advice and information from the experts at Frommer's.

  • Small trim size for use on-the-go
  • Focused coverage of only the best hotels and restaurants in all price ranges

The fun and easy way to explore Europe

From great museums and historic sights to fabulous food and trendsetting styles, Europe has it all. Get the lowdown on everything from passports to palaces, culture to nightlife, and cathedrals to cuisine. With mini-guides to fifteen of Europe's most popular cities and surrounding areas in eleven different countries, this book is your ticket to an exciting European adventure.

Open the book and find:

  • Down-to-earth trip-planning advice
  • What you shouldn't miss -and what you can skip
  • The best hotels and restaurants for every budget
  • Lots of detailed maps

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470069332
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/17/2007
Series: For Dummies Travel Series , #85
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 620
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Donald Olson (Chapters 1–11 and 15) is a novelist, playwright, and travel writer. His newest novel, Confessions of a Pregnant Princess, was published in 2005 under the pen name Swan Adamson. His travel stories have appeared in The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Sunset, National Geographic books, and many other publications. His guidebooks London For Dummies, Frommer’s Best Day Trips from London, Frommer’s Irreverent London, Germany For Dummies, and Frommer’s Vancouver & Victoria are all published by Wiley. He also writes England For Dummies, which won a 2002 Lowell Thomas Travel Writing Award for best guidebook.

Liz Albertson (Chapter 12) worked as an editor for Frommer’s Travel Guides for four years before making the leap to the other side of the computer as the author of Ireland For Dummies. When she isn’t researching and writing, Liz spends much of her time in Ireland sitting in on traditional music sessions, fiddle in hand. She currently teaches fifth and sixth grade in New Haven, Connecticut.

Cheryl A. Pientka (Chapter 13) is a freelance journalist and a literary scout. She is the author of Paris For Dummies and co-author of France For Dummies. A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Delaware, she lives in New York when she can’t be in Paris.

George McDonald (Chapter 14) is a former deputy editor of and currently contributing writer for Holland Herald, the in-flight magazine for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. He has written extensively about Amsterdam and the Netherlands for international magazines and travel books such as Frommer’s Belgium, Holland & Luxembourg and Frommer’s Europe.

Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince (Chapters 16 and 17) have written numerous best-selling Frommer’s guides and are coauthors of Frommer’s Europe. Porter is a former bureau chief for the Miami Herald, and Prince, who began writing with Porter in 1982, worked for the Paris bureau of the New York Times.

Hana Mastrini (Chapter 18) is a native of the western Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary who became a veteran of the “Velvet Revolution” as a student in Prague in 1989. She is the author of Frommer’s Prague & the Best of the Czech Republic and co-author of Frommer’s Europe and Frommer’s Europe by Rail.

Bruce Murphy and Alessandra de Rosa (Chapters 19–21) are parttime residents of Rome. Murphy’s work has appeared in magazines ranging from Cruising World to Critical Inquiry. An avid traveler since her first cross-Europe trip at the age of 2, de Rosa was born in Rome and has lived and worked in Rome, Paris, and New York City. They are the authors of Italy For Dummies and Rome For Dummies.

Neil Schlecht (Chapters 22 and 23) is a writer and cycling aficionado who has lived in Spain, Brazil, and Ecuador. He has worked in Spain as an English teacher, a consultant on social and economic development projects for the European Union, and as a contributing writer for a Spanish art and antiques magazine. He is the author of a dozen travel guides, including Spain For Dummies.

Vancouver-born Tania Kollias (Chapter 24) longed to travel since a teen trip to England to meet the relatives, and used a Frommer’s guide for her first solo journey to Europe. A degree, four continents, and many journals later, she now lives in her father’s native Athens, Greece, where she wrote the country’s first comprehensive listings book for expats, edited the Now in Athens monthly for the 2004 Olympics, and still works as a journalist and writer. She travels in and out of Greece whenever she gets the chance.

Table of Contents


Part I: Introducing Europe.

Chapter 1: Discovering the Best of Europe.

Chapter 2: Deciding When and Where to Go.

Chapter 3: Presenting Five Great Itineraries.

Part II: Planning Your Trip to Europe.

Chapter 4: Managing Your Money.

Chapter 5: Getting to Europe.

Chapter 6: Getting Around Europe.

Chapter 7: Booking Your Accommodations.

Chapter 8: Catering to Special Travel Needs or Interests.

Chapter 9: Taking Care of the Remaining Details.

Part III: The British Isles.

Chapter 10: London and the Best of England.

Chapter 11: Edinburgh and the Best of Scotland.

Chapter 12: Dublin and the Best of Ireland.

Part IV: Central Europe.

Chapter 13: Paris and Environs.

Chapter 14: Amsterdam and Environs.

Chapter 15: Munich and Bavaria.

Chapter 16: Vienna and the Best of Austria.

Chapter 17: Bern and the Swiss Alps.

Chapter 18: Prague and Environs.

Part V: Mediterranean Europe.

Chapter 19: Rome and Southern Italy.

Chapter 20: Florence and Tuscany.

Chapter 21: Venice and Environs.

Chapter 22: Madrid and the Best of Castile.

Chapter 23: The Best of Barcelona.

Chapter 24: Athens and the Greek Islands.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 25: The Ten Most Overrated Sights and Attractions in Europe.

Chapter 26: Ten Overlooked Gems.

Chapter 27: Ten Ways to Break Out of the Tourist Mold.

Appendix: Quick Concierge.


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