Lonely Planet's Discover Germany has breathtaking photography with fresh and current details on what to see, where to go and where to stay and eat.
It begins with a Quick Reference section in front that lists exchange rates, (current exchange rate internet link is given as well), business hours, metric conversions and telephone codes.
The chapters are divided into areas of Germany. The areas are Berlin, Munich, Bavaria, Frankfurt and Central Germany, Stuttgart and the Black Forest, Cologne and the Rhineland, Dresden and Eastern Germany and Hamburg and Northern Germany.
Each area will list highlights of each region, the best of each area, things you need to know and a discover section. Highlights can be anything from museums, monuments, area attractions and so forth. The Best of section will list everything from cruises to historic views. Things You Need To Know will give emergency numbers, statistics, planning and resource information. Discover will list tourist info, activities, tours, where to eat, where to stay and regional sights such as the Berlin Wall for instance.
Each area will give local restaurants, hotels, museum and business details. I like that internet links are provided for most. General costs, phone numbers, addresses and brief specifics are given for each entry. The places to eat and places to stay are quite brief so I would supplement with another guide for more choices on that. The maps are fair, but I would buy a bigger separate map for each city I would visit, as the maps are basic and only available in the book. Not any maps are a take away or a pull out. I like the extras such as hiking and winery info. In back is a directory with loads of various information such as for Gay travelers, farms stays, school holidays, climate charts, dangers, embassy details and more.
The photographs are spectacular and I like just looking at them. I thought this guide was well done and easy to follow.