Germany, Benelux & more. 2000-2009
Call Number: DD43 .G47 2009 In English
Munich and the Foothills of the Alps--In Munich, Steves' visit boisterous markets and go-for-Baroque palaces. Heading toward the Alps, we tour the fairy-tale castles of "Mad" King Ludwig and climb to the highest point in Germany. Then he cross into the Tirol to conquer a desolate, ruined castle.
Germany's Romantic Rhine and Rothenburg--Cruising the Rhine, Steves dodges riverboat traffic and the legendary Loreley, then tour the still-lived-in castle of Burg Eltz. In medieval Rothenburg he joins the night watchman for a tour of the town's lamp-lit ramparts.
Germany's Black Forest and Cologne--Rick teams up with his wife and kids to appreciate the Gothic artistry of Cologne's cathedral. Then it's time to enjoy the good life, dipping into a classy mineral spa, devouring chocolate-cherry cake, and exploring Germany's most romantic forest.
Berlin: Resilient, Reunited and Reborn--Steves climbs the Reichstag's new glass dome, sway at a modern-day cabaret, swoon over great art, and pop a few chocolates in the now thriving eastern sector, then he visits Potsdamer Platz, Europe's newest Times Square.
Belgium: Bruges and Brussels--From Europe's grandest square in big-city Brussels, we travel to the quaint lanes of Bruges. We climb a bell tower to get up close and fortissimo at a carillon concert. Then passionate chefs--creators of Europe's finest chocolate--give Steves a taste of their art.
Amsterdam and Dutch Side-Trips--Amsterdam stimulates all the senses, with Rembrandts and stately architecture from its Golden Age, and titillating street life from its modern age. Side-tripping into the countryside, Steves climbs windmills and tour the world's biggest flower market.
Little Europe: Five Micro-Countries--Steves goes through Europe's tiniest countries: Vatican City, San Marino, Andorra, Liechtenstein and the fairytale princedom of Monaco.