Item description for Michelin the Green Guide Switzerland (Michelin Green Guides) by Michelin Travel Publications...
This title in the acclaimed Michelin Green Guide series is your indispensable guide to the cultural and natural highlights of Switzerland: cosmopolitan cities with their international institutions famous museums brimming with art treasures, elegant ski resorts, charming villages, spectacular mountain scenery, snowy peaks, sparkling blue lakes, breathtaking views and the delicate beauty of rare alpine flowers.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 4.7" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2007
Publisher Michelin Travel Publications
ISBN 206711932X ISBN13 9782067119321
Reviews - What do customers think about Michelin the Green Guide Switzerland (Michelin Green Guides)?
Michelin Switzerland Guide May 20, 2007
This guide is OK. The pictures are nice. It includes a number of hotel and restaurant recommendations, but I think the attractions info is probably the most useful. But, that info is also available free on the net. I wish there was a little more info regarding how to use the trains.
Michelin Green Guide vs Lonely Planet (I like both books)! Apr 6, 2006
General Overview: I traveled to Switzerland by myself in 2005. In preparation for my trip I bought two travel guides from this site: Michelin's Switzerland: The Green Guide and Lonely Planet's Switzerland. I used both guides to aid me in deciding which cities I would visit during my two week vacation.
Since I've bought and used other Lonely Planet guides (Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium and Luxembourg), I found myself relying more on the Lonely Planet Switzerland book than the Green Guide when planning my trip in advance. In fact, it was based on the Lonely Planet's great section on Lausanne that I opted to include that beautiful city as part of my holiday. However, I did make use of the Michelin Green Guide to supplement the Lonely Planet guide (particularly for scoping out Grindelwald, Zermatt, and Zurich). All of my actual hotel decisions were made using on-line reviews, but both guide books gave me a reasonable feel for how far it would be for me to walk from the train station to my hotel.
I ended up bringing both books (both are small and light weight) with me on my trip, and found that I did not need either book during the day. In Switzerland most cities have a tourist information office located in the main train station. These offices provide free stadtplans (city maps) that point out major points of interest, and I found these maps were easy to fold into my back pocket and enabled me to "be bold" and head off in places that were only vaguely described in the guide books.
Comparison of the Two Books: The Green Guide really seems to focus more on tourism where you have access to a car. All of the points of interest are linked to colorful major road maps, but the Green Guide is lacking in providing the foot/train traveler in good directions to and from the train stations. Lonely Planet guides tend to be made with this type of traveler in mind, and though the Lonely Planet does a great job in describing self guided walking tours through major Swiss cities it too would sometimes talk about interesting castles, glaciers, or ice caves without providing specific foot or public transit directions (I ended up just asking the locals for directions ... and the Swiss are very friendly and easy to talk to).
Since part of my joy about experiencing Europe is living without a car, if I had to choose between the two guides, I'd recommend the Lonely Planet for most people. However, in describing where I went and actually reading about the people and land itself, the Green Guide is a much more complete book. When I return to Switzerland I'll be carrying the Green Guide and not the Lonely Planet. The maps are really much better in the Green Guide, and the first 75 pages of the book offer a very detailed and comprehensive primer on what makes Switzerland unique and worth traveling to!
If you can afford both books, I would buy the Green Guide first and read those first 75 pages as a primer. Then I start reading the Lonely Planet and use it to help narrow down which cities you'll visit. Thought he Lonely Planet has some history information (~60 pages), it also mixes in general travel advice in the introduction to Switzerland section that really waters down the fun of reading about a new place!
We Review Six Guides To Switzerland Dec 19, 2005
I have been to Switzerland at least six times. Recently I sat down with my daughter who has worked at a hotel at Interlaken in Switzerland during her years in Business Administration at McGill - up to last summer - and we went over the Switzerland guides to see how they ranked, and what was currently the best guide in our humble opinions. We are not experts but have certain requirements and preferences. It helps if one can get a feel for the area in advance of a trip, and generally that is helped by good maps and color photos. So those guides do better in our review. We like to make reservations by internet and telephone and just use the Guide as a "guide".
Generally it costs more to publish a book with color photos so when all else is reasonably equal, one feels that they get better value with a guide with photos. Also we wanted to see if the ambiance at certain hotels and resorts was accurately portrayed in the text based on our knowledge. So those aspects of the guides determine our ranking. Incidentally all the books are excellent. When we did our review the new DK Eyewitness guide was not yet available, but in any case it will be short, under 400 pages.
For the Swiss guides we separated the guides into three groups, 5, 4, and 3 stars.
5 Stars (this group has nice color photos plus maps and text).
A. Green Guide to Switzerland published February 2001 by Michelin, 395 pages, $14., ranked 24,380 on this site.com, 0.64" x 9.4" x 4.7", lots of photos, maps, text, accurate portrayal of areas. Gives a nice idea of what you will find. Goes right down to small villages in detail even though it is just 395 pages. First choice.
B. Lonely Planet Switzerland published July 2003, 335 pages, $ 14., ranked 29,913 on this site.com, .69" x 6.42" x 6.5". Solid effort, lots of good photos and descriptions.
4 Stars (this group mainly text and maps).
C. Rough Guide to Switzerland published June 2003, 704 pages, $13.27, ranked 30,209 on this site.com, 1.08" x 7.8" x 6.38". Solid effort lots of things to see and do and best "text and maps only" books.
D. Frommer's Switzerland published February 2003, 512 pages, $15.39, ranked 47,638 on this site.com, 1.1" x 8.5" x 5.08". Similar to Rough Guide but shorter.
E. Fodor's Guide to Switzerland 42 edition, published December 2002, 448 pages, $14.7, ranked highest in group on this site.com at 3,172, 1.2" x 8.98" x 5.01". The smallest in the group, do not know why it is so popular?.
F. Michelin Red Guide published in 2004, 563 pages but in four languages: Italian, French, German and English so English sections are just a fraction of the book.
Good general guide Dec 20, 2002
I bought this guide because Eyewitness and Knopf do not make a guide to Switzerland. These are always my 1st choice. I guess I'm just a pretty picture addict. But I must say that this is a well-done book. It reminds me of the Baedeker's guides. In fact it's set up very similarly. The front section has information about Switzerland, history, famous people, plants, animals, etc. The center section contains information on places in Switzerland in alphabetical order. The back section contains helpful travel information. Things like traveling by plane, boat, car, train. It contains a listing of sights, their opening times and admission charges.
They like Baedeker's, have a rating system for the various destinations with 3 being must see, and 1 being interesting. Keep in mind though when using these ratings that even if somewhere is rated 3 stars doesn't mean that it will be a 3 star experience for you. If the rating is for a modern art museum and you just "don't get it", then you probably shouldn't visit just on the strength of the book rating.
Another helpful feature is a map giving tours. Unfortunately, the description of these tours leaves a little to be desired. They could use some fleshing out. The map is good but the written description is confusing and lacking.
They do list restaurants and lodging for the more major destinations, but these are limited and you'd be better off using a book dealing specifically with lodging (I'm sure Michelin would suggest their Red Guide).
Overall this is a good general, getting started guidebook. Not the best, but a good second choice.