[from the introduction]
You have in your possession a reference tool, not a guidebook that you
have to read from cover to cover. Open up this book to any chapter to
find the answers on how to make your European travel dreams come
true. You can read Europe For Dummies from start to finish if you want,
but if you’re already familiar with some aspects of international travel,
feel free to skip over the first two parts and jump right into the destination
This is a selective guidebook to Europe. Our goal throughout is to give
you a really good selection of each country’s highlights. That means we
exclude places that other, more exhaustive guidebooks routinely include.
Brussels, Copenhagen, and Lisbon are important cities, but from the
perspective of the first-time visitor to Europe, they can’t compete with
London, Paris, and Madrid. In addition, so much is really worth seeing in
Europe that you don’t need to waste your time with the second-rate, the
overrated, or the boring.