Lonely Planet France

  • Paris is renowned for its magnificently preserved cityscapes awash with icons including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame, and museums filled with priceless works of art.

  • Berlin is a bon vivant, passionately feasting on the smorgasbord of life. A contagious energy permeates its cafes, bars and clubs, while indie boutiques and progressive restaurants compete for your time with world-class museums and striking landmarks that reflect the city's riveting history.
    Whether it's must-sees or aimless explorations, Berlin delivers it all in one exciting and memorable package.
    Berlin Wall in detail.
    Berlin's art scene.
    Guide to historical sights.

  • Tokyo is a city forever reaching into the future, resulting in sci-fi streetscapes of crackling neon and soaring towers. Yet it is also a city steeped in history, where you can find traces of the shogun's capital on the kabuki stage or under the cherry blossoms. It's a tapestry of sensorial madness unlike anywhere else in the world.
    Pull-out city map.
    Full-colour, pocket-sized guidebook.
    The city's best walking tours.

  • No city on earth is more alive than Madrid, a beguiling place whose sheer energy carries a simple message: this is one city that knows how to live. Madrid's calling cards are many: astonishing art galleries, stunning architecture, relentless nightlife, fine restaurants and tapas bars. Other cities have some of these things. Madrid has them all in bucketloads.

  • Dublin is one of Europe's most enticing capitals - a drizzly dream that has captured the imaginations of virtually all who walk its mottled streets. It's a city rich in history and heritage but is equally devoted to more hedonistic endeavours: spend a couple of days or nights here and you'll soon realise that Dubliners are in deadly earnest about having fun.
    Special features include:
    Pull-out city map.
    Full-colour pocket-sized guidebook.
    The best walking tours.

  • A trip to Rome is as much about lapping up the dolce vita lifestyle as gorging on art and culture, while the city's ancient icons recall its golden age as caput mundi (capital of the world). Visit once and you'll be hooked for life.
    With special features:
    Pull-out city map.
    Full-colour, pocket-sized guidebook.
    The best walking tours.

  • An intoxicating cocktail of 18th-century savoir-faire, millennial hi-tech and urban street life, France's sixth largest city is among Europe's most exciting and gutsy players.
    Bordeaux's elegant old town cradles the world's largest urban Unesco World Heritage Site; its riverside buzzes; and green, sun-drenched vineyards hem in a weekend destination that sits right at the heart of French wine culture.

  • Visit the Royal Palace and its museums, take the waters of the art nouveau Gellert Baths, or bar hop the district of Erzsebetvaros.
    Pull-out city map.
    Full-colour, pocket-sized guidebook.
    The city's best walking tours.

  • Medieval castles and cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden beaches, brooding mountains and superheated plains: the Portugal experience can be many things. A vertiginous history, great seafood and idyllic scenery are just the beginning... Special features include:
    Packed with inspirational images.
    Itineraries & planning information.
    Portugal's best sights and experiences.

  • Amsterdam showcases its Dutch heritage in its charming canal architecture, museums filled with works by Old Masters, jenever (Dutch gin) tasting houses and candle-lit bruin cafés (traditional Dutch pubs). Yet this free-spirited city is also a multinational melting pot with an incredible diversity of cultures and cuisines, along with some of Europe's hottest nightlife venues, in a compact, village-like setting. Special features include:
    Pull-out city map ;
    Full-colour pocket-sized guidebook ;
    The best walking tours ;

  • Opening up dramatically from the banks of the Rio Douro, Porto enthrals with its historic centre, sumptuous food and wine, high-spirited nightlife and charismatic locals.
    Walk in its higgledy-piggledy medieval lanes, get briefed on the nuances of port in hillside lodges, take a tram to the sea in Foz and you'll fall madly in love with this most soulful of cities.
    Pull-out city map.
    Full-colour, pocket-sized guidebook.
    The city's best walking tours.

  • Pull-out city map.
    Full-colour, pocket-sized guidebook.
    The city's best walking tours.

  • Milan is Italy's city of the future, a fast-paced metropolis where creativity is big business, looking good is compulsory and after-work drinks - known as aperitivi - are an art form. It's also a city with ancient roots and extraordinary treasures that you'll get to experience without the usual queues. At the weekends, join the urban exodus to the elegant towns and tiered gardens of the Italian lakes.

  • If there's a skateboard move yet to be busted, a technology still unimagined, a green scheme untested or quirk left uncelebrated, chances are it's about to happen here. With special features:
    Pull-out city map.
    Full-colour, pocket-sized guidebook.
    The best walking tours.

  • Tenerife is the striking grande dame in the archipelago family.
    Attracting over six million visitors a year, the island's most famous southern resorts offer Brit-infused revelry and clubbing, combined with white sandy beaches and allinclusive resorts.
    But get your explorer's hat on and step beyond the tourist spots and you'll discover.
    An island of extraordinary beauty and diversity, with remote mountain-ridge villages, cultured port.
    Settlements and charming ancient towns.
    With special features:
    Pull-out city map.
    Full-colour pocket-sized guidebook.
    The best walking tours.

  • Take cloud-scraping architecture, lakefront beaches and world-class museums, stir in wild comedy, fret-bending guitars and very hefty pizza, and you've got a town that won't let you down. The city centre is a steely wonder, but it's Chicago's mural-splashed neighbourhoods - with their inventive storefront restaurants, fringe theatres and sociable dive bars - that really blow you away. With special features:
    Pull-out city map.
    Full-colour, pocket-sized guidebook.
    The best walking tours.

  • You can hardly walk a step in Boston without running into some historic site. And yet, Boston remains vital, with vibrant artistic scenes, cutting-edge urban planning, and ever-present scholars and thinkers shaping the evolving culture. Special features include:
    Pull-out city map.
    Full-colour, pocket-sized guidebook.
    The best walking tours.

  • World-class art and thigh-slapping tradition, bamboozling high-tech and Europe's finest beer, head-turning architecture and high-octane affluence - Munich keeps its central European promises, all infused with Bavarian Gemütlichkeit, that untranslatable feeling of cosiness and well-being.
    Throw into the mix a kit bag of dark tourism and direct transport to Alpine slopes and Munich shapes up as one of Europe's most tantalising destinations.

  • Framed by snow-capped peaks, shimmering ocean shorelines and endless trail-streaked forests, it's hard to know where exactly to point your camera first in Vancouver. But there's more to Western Canada's biggest city than scenic selfies. Walkable neighborhoods, drink-and-dine delights and memorable cultural and outdoor activities make it easy to quickly fall for this inviting metropolis. Special features include:
    Pull-out city map ;
    Full-colour pocket-sized guidebook ;
    The best walking tours ;

  • Taipei is the Yin and Yang of cities: modern malls and trading towers stack next to smoky temples and Qing-era shophouses. Its beauty is born from a blend of Chinese, Japanese, Southeast Asian and American influences, seen from its cuisine to the courtesy of its people. Taipei today is a celebration of tolerance and taste. Special features include:
    Pull-out city map ;
    Full-colour pocket-sized guidebook ;
    The best walking tours ;

  • Disarmingly blending sophistication and earthiness, Scotland's biggest city is one of Britain's most intriguing.
    Glasgow is a good-time town behind a sober facade. Upright, handsome Victorian buildings have been subverted: offbeat basement bars sit under lawyers' offices, churches become galleries, restaurants occupy former trade guilds. The combination of edgy urbanity, underdog solidarity and the residents' legendary friendliness is totally captivating.

  • Innovation is the mantra in the Netherlands' second city, and the locals embrace it with an enthusiasm that makes a visit here an exciting proposition.
    Includes a pull-out city map.
    Full-colour, pocket-sized.
    Features walking tours.

  • Rio de Janeiro is captivating: whether you're walking through parks inside the city and seeing monkeys and toucans; spending the evening catching music jams around Lapa; joining a few friends amid the roaring crowds at Maracan; or greeting the sunrise (after an early morning or late night) from Copacabana Beach, you'll quickly be hooked.
    Walking tours around Copacabana, Ipanema and the Botanic Gardens.
    Pull-out city map.
    Includes Maracana Football Stadium.

  • Toronto is bright and bustling, a lively cosmopolitan city with roots than span the globe. Art, food, beaches, nightlife - in Toronto, you've got it all. Special features include:
    Pull-out city map.
    Full-colour pocket-sized guidebook.
    The best walking tours.

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