Review of Eyewitness Top 10 travel Guide to Munich

On my visit to Munich just before Christmas I used the pocket sized Eyewitness Top 10 guide to Munich as my guidebook of choice.

Eyewitness DK Top 10 guide to Munich

Eyewitness DK Top 10 guide to Munich

I often take short breaks in Europe of just a weekend in one city and I’ve found the Eyewitness Top 10 travel guidebook series from Dorling Kindersley ideal in highlighting the best things to see on a short trip, while still giving some depth on a wide range of sites that might interest visitors.

You may have read my review of the Eyewitness Top 10 guide to Lisbon, and at the risk of repeating myself, I do enjoy the Dorling Kindersley coffee-table style of publishing, with loads of colourful photos and maps throughout the book.

Top 10 guide to everything

The guide is organised along the theme of Top 10 everything, and although this might normally make for shallow reading, there’s plenty of useful detail, and when you’re short of time it’s quite refreshing to be able to focus immediately on the key things to see. Personally I would still use any guidebook as a starting point and then seek out a few local recommendations or just wander around and see where the fancy takes you. But I hate to miss anything major just because I turned left rather than right on my wanderings.

There’s also a handy fold-out map in the back that also covers the transport system, although I find I’m increasingly that I have to squint to read the small print on guidebook maps. My Mother jokes that as every year goes by the books are publishing in smaller and smaller font – they must think that all travellers are twenty-something backbackers with eyes that aren’t yet worn out by too much blogging!

The Residenz in Munich

The Residenz in Munich

Top 10 things to see in Munich

On our visit to Munich we managed to see several of the Top 10 city sites that were recommended, such as the Residenz Palace, former home of the Kings of Bavaria and the area around Marienplatz, the town square at the heart of the old part of the city. Another recommendation was the Oktoberfest, one of the most famous folk and beer festivals in Germany, but we weren’t there in October so we visited another enjoyable festival, the Tollwood Winter festival that is held on the same showground for some ethnic food, Furzangenbowle mulled wine and crafty Christmas shopping. Other recommendations in the guide would come into their own in the summertime, such as the Starnberger See lake and the castles close to Munich.

Tollwood Festival in Munich

Tollwood Festival in Munich

More information on Munich

The later sections of the Eyewitness Top 10 guide to Munich cover different areas of interest such as the best Markets, Festivals, children’s attractions and even Gay and Lesbian hang-outs. Then there are sections that cover each neighbourhood with a map, cafe and restaurant recommendations and extra things to see in each neighbourhood. If I had more time, I’d love to follow the recommendations of how to spend a day wandering in each neighbourhood, with recommended coffee and lunch stops and things of architectural interest. At the back of the guide there are sections with on getting around, planning tips and all the boring but useful information you might need to refer to like shop opening and restaurant hours.

Christmas market in Munich

Christmas market in Munich

Who this guide’s good for

Although there are sections on hotels and other accommodation, I’d say that this is not the best guide for someone who needs to find the cheapest hostel in a hurry – it’s more for those who have planned the practicalities in advance and want to spend their time sightseeing and enjoying what the ciy has to offer. I was a little disappointed to find that there was very little information on the Christmas markets of Munich that we’d come to see, although we found more than enough to enjoy just by walking around the central area. I was also pleased to find that the information on which S-bahn or tram to use to get to key sites was a bit more comprehensive than I found in the Lisbon guide, although the one time we tried to use the tram information, a local at the tram stop told us that it was incorrect, and directed us to the S-bahn instead.

Guide Book Giveaway

I should tell you that Dorling Kindersley kindly gave me a free copy of the guidebook for the purposes of this review, but I’ve either paid my own money or borrowed others guides in the Top 10 Series before and found them excellent, which is why I’m happy to recommend them to you. In fact, when I was in Berlin, our group had a choice of three well known guidebooks between us and this was the one we inevitably took with us, because it is such a convenient size to carry. I have noticed that although in the UK the Eyewitness Top 10 guides are priced at a moderate £7.99, when you buy them on Amazon.com they seem to be a lot more expensive.

Even more reason then to take this opportunity to enter for my giveaway sponsored by Dorling Kindersley of a copy of the Top 10 travel guide of your choice for one of my readers. To be entered for this draw, just leave me a comment telling me which guide you would like and your reasons for visiting that city. I’ll draw one of the names at random in a couple of weeks and the Eyewitness Top 10 Guide of your choice will be on it’s way to one of my readers.

To check out which of the guides might take your fancy, go to the Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Top 10 page and start dreaming of where you might go next, from London, Venice and Rome to Las Vegas, San Francisco and Toronto to Bankok, Singapore and Hong Kong I think I counted almost 50 destinations to choose from.

Many thanks to those who read the article and commented and to Dorling Kindersley to who donated a copy of their Eyewitness Top 10 guide.

Other Munich stories to enjoy

Visiting the Christmas Markets in Munich – Podcast
Location and Value at Hotel Falkenturm in Munich
Bavarian Pork Knuckle at Haxnbauer in Munich


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  • Reply
    February 1, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Heather, great post. I love DK Eyewitness books. I’ve used them quite often (though a lot of the times from library, I will admit).

    I would like to win Rome guide.

    Thanks for doing the contest.

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    Mark H
    February 2, 2010 at 2:55 am

    I have used the DK guides twice before and find them best for first time visits when time is limited and if your focus is a certain area of town. Great photos and good easy to read maps too. They strike me as good value for eight pounds.

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    Cecil Lee
    February 2, 2010 at 6:39 am

    I think it’s time for me to get hold of some DK’s guide book to Europe cities as I’m visiting Europe this May! They sound perfect for me. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    Donna Hull
    February 2, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I saw a fellow traveler using one of the Eyewitness guides in Bangkok. She handed it to me for a quick look and I was impressed. One of the guides would come in handy this fall when I travel to northern Italy. Do they make one for Milan?

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    Barbara at Hole in the Donut Travels
    February 2, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Interesting, never heard of this guide series before. I’ll have to check them out.

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    Heather Cowper
    February 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    @ Donna, yes I believe there is one for Milan and Northern Italian lakes http://www.dorlingkindersley-uk.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9781405338790,00.html?/Milan_&_the_Lakes_Reid_Bramblett

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    February 3, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    i also never see it around or probably never paid attention as i would normally opt for a LP, but now i will surely flick through it next time i would need one

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    February 23, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Thanks for the review. I often wonder if books like this are too good to be true but it looks like you summed it all up. Very cool!

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    June 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    This looks like such an inviting review. The post gave me an excellent idea of what to do and what to expect.
    .-= Stacey´s last blog ..Epic Traffic Systems Bonus—What do You Want in a Bonus? =-.

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