Rough Guide to Germany rings true. (Although the sentence saying "the balmiest climate in Germany is found in the wine-growing southwest" - which is where I lived and found it felt like winter for about 50 weeks of the year - did make me wonder if I could have survived anywhere else in the country!) Germany is a massive country full of stuff to see, so fitting it all into under a thousand pages is quite an ask, and as you'd expect this guide divides Germany up by mostly by its "states" (although Bayern - Bavaria - gets three out of fifteen chapters - with Munich in its centre, I guess that's where lots of tourists head).
My two favourite parts of Germany are Berlin, simply because it's an utterly fascinating city, and the Baden-Württemberg region, because that's where I lived, worked and married. This guide does a good job covering both of these, with lots of interesting facts and trivia in pop-out boxes, and given that I know the Baden-Württemberg area particularly well, I was pleased to see some of my favourite spots like the ZKM (Zentrum für Kuns und Medientechnologie) - a really cool museum in Karlsruhe - get mentioned.
|Reichstag in Berlin|
Full disclosure: The opinions in this review are entirely my own - I wasn't compensated for the review, apart from receiving a copy of the guide book.