Frommer's Europe from $85 a Day (Frommer's $ A Day)
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Frommer's Dollar-A-Day guides show you how to travel in style-without breaking the bank. You'll find inexpensive accommodations that don't skimp on comfort. Affordable restaurants where locals go for a good meal. And all the best sightseeing and shopping values. Frommer's Dollar-A-Day guidebooks. First-class travel on a budget.
Everything You Need for an Unforgettable-and Affordable-Trip!
* Charming places to stay, from an antique-filled canalside home in Amsterdam to a Renaissance-era Florence palazzo-many for less than $35 per person a night!
* Great dining at unbelievably low prices, from a Paris bistro with a $15 menu du jour to Athens's best souvlaki for less than $5.
* A complete guide to Europe's sights-museums, castles, cathedrals, cemeteries, literary landmarks, gardens, and much more-plus the lowdown on what to do and see for free.
* Low-cost nightlife: Spanish tapas bars, Viennese coffeehouses, German beer gardens, British pubs, and more.
* Detailed, accurate city and transit maps.
Leicester Square ★★ W London is so deliberately chic it sharply divides opinion: You either love it or hate it. You enter the hotel past an enormous W into a large space with nothing but doormen. Take the lift to the first floor to an impressive, lofty reception with low-key check-in desks. There are buzzing public spaces, a serous gym, Screening Room, popular bar, and a pan-Asian two-story restaurant with an additional street entrance. Rooms are minimal and chic, with long windows and a second
along rue Félix Faure. Most are chic, some have happy-hour cocktails, and several have DJs after dinner. It’s best to walk by and take your pick. Nearby is Chokko, 15 rue Frères Pradignac ( 04-93-39-62-70), where killer cocktails are served by haughty waiting staff. Dance floor-filling tunes get everyone on their feet after 10pm. Less showy is Morrison’s Irish Pub, 10 rue Teisseire ( 04-92-98-16-17), which has become the meeting place for visiting yachties and the expat community. There’s a live
09861/404800), open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm (Nov–Mar it closes at 5pm weekdays and is shut Sundays). Exploring the Medieval Town The Rathaus (Town Hall) ★ on the Marktplatz ( 09861/404-92) and the Jakobskirche are the outstanding attractions, along with the medieval walls. The town hall consists of two sections; the older, Gothic section dates from 1240. From the 50m (164-ft.) tower of the Gothic hall, you get an overview of the town. The belfry has
(St. Anna’s Column) in front of the 19th-century Rathaus (town hall). The column was erected in 1706 to celebrate the withdrawal in 1703 of invading Bavarian armies during the War of the Spanish Succession. Not far north of the Annasäule, the wide street narrows and becomes Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse, running through the heart of the medieval quarter. This street is arcaded and flanked by a number of well-maintained burghers’ houses with their jumble of turrets and gables; look for the multitude of
known as the Ilot Sacré (Sacred Isle). Brussels’s busiest shopping street, pedestrianized rue Neuve, starts from place de la Monnaie and runs north for several blocks. Central Brussels also includes the Marché-aux-Poissons (Fish Market) district. The Upper Town (Haut de la Ville This area lies east of and uphill from the Grand-Place, along rue Royale and rue de la Régence. Here is the city’s second grand square, place du Grand Sablon, and nearby the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, and the Royal