Packed with opinionated advice on visiting top sights, such as Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, Bruges' 14th-century belfry, and La Grand Place in Brussels, this new edition offers a healthy dose of back door intimacy with visits to local markets, community theatres, and family-run chocolate shops. It provides a broad array of dining and lodging options, from cheery cafeterias and backpackers' dorms to trendy cafes and elegant B&Bs. It also recommends self-guided walking tours that mix the famous and not-so-famous and includes practicalities, such as when to go, planning your time, estimated costs, red tape and taxes, and banking hours. Rick Steves guide feature the most current information available in any European guidebook, based on research conducted during the summer before publication. He shows travellers how to delve into European culture, make friends with the locals, and experience each region's natural wonders-economically and hassle free. Inspiring yet practical, Rick Steves' guidebooks are perfect for anyone hoping to make the most of their limited holiday time.