So if you were planning to travel to anywhere north of Frankfurt you had found the perfect guide full of helpful tips, folded maps and adresses so you know what to do, where to eat and where to stay.
"..the fact that German railways are generally well organised..."
"A slight aquaintance with German is indispensable for those who desire to explore the more remote districts of Germany..."
"A waiter's mental arithmetic is faulty, and the faults are seldom in favour of the traveller."
"Large popular gatherings take place at Sternecker's Schloss Weissensee, but it is hardly advisable for ladies to encounter the crowd."
There are thousands more sweet, innocent, historically significant and entertaining facts to explore. I would have never known e.g. that already there were vegetarian restaurants and a tapas bar in Berlin, that there was a fashion for traditional Bavarian beer halls and that you needed a passport to travel in case there was the "minor state of siege" (kleine Belagerungszustand) existing...
A book to lose yourself in for days...makes you wanna time-travel, makes you dream...and makes you sad and uncomfortable when you read about a sight like the synagogue or shops called "Benjamin" and think that back then they all were unaware of all the horror going to happen 45 years later...
A wonderful find that will keep me reading again and again. Travelling through Berlin now with this book as a companion, that would be amazing.
Looking out for the Southern Germany edition now...
where: Oxfam Books, Marylebone High Street, London