Marco Polo Pocket Guide relaunch

Calling all trailblazers! Marco Polo has never been one to follow the crowd: since we burst onto the scene in 2012 and turned the travel publishing world upside-down, we have been pursuing a quest to create the best travel guide possible ever since! And now we are launching 30 ground-breaking new look pocket guides for 2018!


Along with all the regular content updates you’d expect from a relaunch – the guides also contain a new Discovery Tours chapter:

• Each book has 4 to 5 exciting, specially tailored tours helping readers get behind the scenes and head off the beaten track.
• The perfect planning tool – each tour has an overview box detailing the start and end points, distance, plus timing and costs involved – all the information an explorer needs at a glance!
• Each tour is plotted on an overview map highlighting the start point and final destination for easy orientation.
• A detailed flow chart with pictograms clearly shows the way – including distance indicators, sights to explore, views to enjoy en route and plenty of Insider Tips for
relaxing stops along the way.


Free touring app! The Discovery Tours are also available as an app – simply download any of the tours from the web link / QR code featured in each guide. The ultimate navigational tool to enjoy stress-free sightseeing.


Ground-breaking new look covers bring the guides bang up-to-date, so you won’t need to be shy about looking like a tourist! Fresh, simple, cool – the split line typography is designed to make you look twice and the bright colours will get you in the holiday mood!


The guides with Insider Tips! Showing the main sights in detail simply isn’t enough for modern-day travellers. Marco Polo specialises in getting you off the beaten track! Why follow the crowd when you can make your own path?


Relaunch titles available Jan 2018: Amsterdam, Bali, Barcelona, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Corfu, Costa Brava, French Riviera, Hong Kong, India South, Italy, Lake Garda, Mallorca, Malta & Gozo, Mauritius, Montenegro, Munich, New York, New Zealand, Rome, Sardinia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tenerife, Venice, Vienna.

Plus 4 brand new titles: Japan, Peru & Bolivia, Salzburg & Surroundings, Santorini.
All priced at £7.99.


Let Marco Polo show you hidden gems, lesser-known locations and stunning viewpoints where you can make memories to last a lifetime. Brush shoulders with the locals, eat the food that Grandma makes and seek out unique experiences at every turn.

Be a traveller, not just a tourist!

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Only in Munich

On and around Marienplatz, in the heart of Munich, busy shoppers are elbowing their
way through the department stores up and down the pedestrian precinct. On Viktualienmarkt, on the other hand, just 200m away, the stands are closing. It’s 6pm. A couple are seated at a wooden table in the beer garden in the shade of the chestnut trees. They both take a gulp of draught beer, squint into the evening sun, listen to the fountain splashing away and the natter of others at the nearby tables, watch the market tenders clear things away, take a contented breath of air filled with the smell of barbecued sausage and unpack the radishes and pretzels they have brought with them. So this is it: la dolce vita – the relaxed calm to be found in Munich that is otherwise attributed to southern Europe.

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New York has its Statue of Liberty, Munich its Bavaria statue – personifying her homeland. She watches over the Theresienwiese and the raucous Oktoberfest. Climb up into her head and enjoy the view 18.52m (60ft) above ground level.


A ‘real’ Bavarian breakfast is part and parcel of a visit to the state capital.
Many locals go to the Großmarkthalle pub for their Weißwurst and pretzel, homemade sweet mustard and wheat beer.


The people of Munich live up to their reputation as the inhabitants of ‘Italy’s northern-most city’ on warm summer evenings and gather on the city’s squares, go for a stroll, or chat and relax in the open. This southern flair can be seen in particular on and around Gärtnerplatz.


When the weather permits, the locals like to spend their lunch breaks in a shady beer garden too. The Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower) is especially well-known and popular.


Both the Olympiastadion and the Allianz Arena are architectural masterpieces in which football history has been written which is brought alive on guided tours of the stadiums.


If you’re after a genuine Bavarian costume or at least an accessory as a souvenir, it’s worth seeking out the experts who can give you sound advice in a specialist shop, e.g. Ludwig Beck or Halfs.


There’s hardly any other city where the art of sunbathing is so cultivated as in the Bavarian capital. Regardless of the time of year, even the very first rays of sun bring people out to the street cafés, e.g. to eternally trendy Tambosi.


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Munich Marco Polo Guide

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Eat Like a Local – Munich

Bavarian cooking isn’t just Leberkäs (meat loaf) and Weißwurst (white sausage), Schweinsbraten (roast pork) and Knödel (dumplings), as delicious as these may be. It is much more varied, sophisticated – and even more individual – than most people think.

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Local specialties

Aufgschmalzene Brotsuppe – originally considered a poor man’s meal, now to be found on up-market regional menus. Pieces of bread soaked in stock are fried and served with the soup.

Ausgezogene – a deep-fried sweet ‘pastry’ varying in circumference from 4½ to 8 inches. Traditionally made at harvest thanksgiving and for major church holidays. Nowadays, the ‘Kirchweih nudel’ is made by every baker.

Böfflamott – like many things in Bavaria, this comes from the French (originally boeuf à la mode). Ox meat is braised with two calves’ hooves for four hours.

Knödel – few Bavarian dishes do without the good old dumpling. Whether Brezen, Semmel, Kartoffel, Leber or Zwetschgenknödel (pretzel, bread(roll), potato,
liver or prune dumplings), the homemade ones are the best, served for example with chanterelles in a cream sauce.

Leberkäs – meatloaf in a bread roll is one of the survival tactics of those in a hurry. It doesn’t contain either liver or cheese (as the name would suggest) but a secret concoction of beef, pork and lots more, too.

Obatzda – ‘batz’ means a clod or lump of earth. Obatzda however is mature Camembert mixed into a thick paste with butter, onions, spices and a drop of beer.

Saures Lüngerl – a lung ragout cooked in a sour stock and served with a cream sauce and bread dumplings.

Schlachtschüssel – boiled meat, black pudding and liver sausage, pork belly and sauerkraut: once a firm favourite that was only served the day the animals were slaughtered. Nowadays it has rather sunk into oblivion.

Schweinsbraten – roast pork seasoned with salt, pepper and ground caraway seeds and with
diamond-shaped crackling. Roasted with quartered onions and basted with a dark wheat beer. Usually served with dumplings. Beware of restaurants offering ‘Schweinebraten’ – the true Bavarian dish is spelled ‘Schweinsbraten’.


Restaurants serving traditional Bavarian cuisine:


Traditional but sophisticated Bavarian cooking. From both rooms on the first floor and from the terrace there is an excellent view to be had of the Opera House and Max-Joseph-Platz. Daily | Residenzstr. 12 | tel. 089 2 90 70 60 | | tram 19 Nationaltheater, U/S-Bahn Marienplatz | Moderate


Munich’s trendy eatery is popular with both old and young, the ‘in’ crowd and families. On Sundays you get a free lesson in Bavarian culture as the traditional morning pint is always accompanied by music. If you’re not very hungry, try the lard and onion spread on bread or meatloaf with home-made potato salad. The theatre of the same name and studio cinema are both part of the set-up. Daily | Fraunhoferstr. 9 | tel. 089 26 64 60 | | U1/2 Fraunhoferstraße | Budget


For lovers of true Bavarian cooking. This is where those working in the wholesale market normally eat – and that’s why it’s open already at 7am and closes at 5pm (Sat at 2pm). This is where you’ll find the very best Weißwurst there is. And the roast pork isn’t too bad either. Closed Sun | Kochelseestraße 13 | tel. 089 76 45 31 | www.gaststä | U3/6
Impler straße, bus 131 Gotzinger Platz | Budget


A good old Bavarian hostelry with blunt, grumpy but surprisingly efficient waitresses who serve the most divine bread dumplings on earth. Despite all things traditional, they also keep up with the times here and have a Bräuhaus app for iPhones. Daily | Tal 7 | tel. 089 2 90 13 80 | | U/S-Bahn Marienplatz | Budget


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Munich Marco Polo Guide

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What bloggers are saying about Marco Polo Pocket Guides

Not to be outdone by our new Spiral Guide series… Marco Polo Pocket Guides have also been tried and tested by bloggers all around the world. Here’s what they thought about our handy little series of Pocket Guides (RRP £6.99):

Gretta Schifano – Mums Do Travel

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Athens Pocket Guide: “The book is a good size, just right to fit into a handbag. The cover is plasticised so that it’s waterproof and hard-wearing. There’s a handy pull-out map of the city in a plastic wallet inside the back cover as well as a street atlas within the guide.

I found the book easy to navigate. I like the fact that the photos in the guide aren’t just of the tourist sites but also of different aspects of the city such as the flea markets and kids skateboarding. The book is divided into clear sections such as Sightseeing, Food & Drink and Where to Stay. The Travel with Kids section covers the attitude to kids in Athens (apparently they’re given a lot of freedom and are allowed to go out with their parents in the evening) and suggests some attractions which kids will particularly enjoy such as the planetarium and the zoo.

There’s a helpful section called Great Places for Free which gives tips such as which museum is free on Thursdays and where to catch the free buses which serve the harbour area. If you’re in a rush then head to The Perfect Day section which shows you how to see the city’s highlights in just 24 hours. I like the list of Do’s & Don’ts which is placed prominently inside the back cover next to the pull-out map. ” You can find Gretta’s blog at

Jamie Alex Carter – Trav Gear

Tenerife Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Tenerife Pocket Guide: “Insightful insider tips and a handy pull-out road atlas make this pocket-sized guidebook perfect for a short break. Maps a-plenty: you’ll find not only a fold-out map of Tenerife, with all major roads clearly marked, but maps of both major cities (Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz) and a separate pull-out road atlas in a plastic pouch. There are several maps in the back of the book, too, in case you lose the fold-out map.

While some guidebooks recommend only the finest places to stay, this guide includes plenty of budget options, free activities and low-cost places to visit, recognising, perhaps, that Tenerife is a common destination for families. The ‘useful phrases’ section is handy, too; it’s accompanied by a short pronunciation boxout.

Perhaps best of all this guide is peppered with really useful and unexpected Insider Tips. Secret picnic sites, adults-only hotels, restaurants that serve local cuisine (hard to find inTenerife), which rooms to ask for in specific hotels and other practically useful advice is given, and highlighted in yellow. The very best are collected in the front of the book, too, so you get some pre-warning. A handy section in the back lists some apps, websites, blogs and forums where you can pick the brains of locals and frequent visitors. It’s a nice recognition that a guidebook needn’t be an all-in-one resource, just a starting point for a journey.

A good value and compact guidebook packed with enough information and top tips to be of genuine use on any trip to Tenerife, Marco Polo’s decision to include plenty of good quality maps and a separate, foldout road atlas map is crucial to its success. Well researched, well designed and easy to use, Marco Polo guides are colourful alternative to books by Bradt and Lonely Planet.”

The Foody Traveller

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Switzerland Pocket Guide: “As ever with the wonderful Marco Polo Guide Books, the Marco Polo guide to Switzerland gives an excellent overview of this beautiful and fascinating country and comes complete with road atlas and pull out map; plus the oh-so-useful Insider Tips.

The Travel Tips for Switzerland are particularly helpful: reminding us that the Swiss currency is Swiss francs (not euros) – along with an approximate currency converter; explaining the workings of the very useful Swiss Card and Swiss Pass; and, bearing in mind that French, German and Italian are all spoken in Switzerland , useful phrases in each language.

We were somewhat concerned on seeing an orange footnote containing the word ‘cholera’ on one of the pages – until we realised that it refers to a predominately vegetable, pie. Evidently this dish was created during a cholera epidemic when people did not dare leave their homes so cooked whatever they had in their larders!” Read more at

Hannah Walter – Suitcase & Sandals

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Zakynthos (Ithaca, Kefalonia, Lefkas) Pocket Guide: “Although my holiday to Kefalonia was mainly a relaxing one, I wanted to see a little more of the local area around Skala too. Luckily, we had our Marco Polo guide with us, which we found a lot better than the Berlitz one we had bought previously. There was more detail!

The first thing we did, that we found in the guide book, was to learn a little more about the history of the area. I liked that the guide gave us some background information.

I think the Marco Polo guide books are fantastic. I’ll definitely be using them again. They are so good because they go beyond just the history of the city and the details of the places. There is a map at the end of the guide which would have been so helpful if we had been in a city without any accessible wifi to use to help us to navigate!” You can read more on Hannah’s blog at

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Berlin Pocket Guide: “….trying out a new guide series is always tricky. I mean, is this guide going to know what I like? Is it going to show me maps of the locations and give me good restaurant recommendations? Well, Marco Polo did a pretty good job. I used their Berlin guide on my recent trip to Germany and it definitely exceeded my expectations.

For a start, it has those ‘summary’ type pages at the start of the guide that I always miss from the guides tailored more towards backpackers. I like to see in a snapshot what the place I’m visiting has to offer. But don’t worry, backpackers are most definitely catered for by Marco Polo, with hostel recommendations as well as budget restaurant advice. The Berlin guide in particular will advise on the best place to get that €2.50 currywurst hit. Furthermore it even has a page dedicated to things you can do in the city for free! Always a winner.

Another plus is that much like the DK guide series, the book is in colour with pretty photos. Which I realise is not the most essential quality you’re looking for in a travel guide, but I just think it helps you get a vibe for the different areas and narrow down what you want to do. Also, the Top Tips are also super handy as they seem more like tips you would read on a blog or hear from a fellow traveller rather than be published in a travel guide.

My favourite part of the Marco Polo guide however is the street atlas in the back of the book. I’ve realised from years of travelling that I am in fact a map geek. I just love them. I like getting my bearings in a new city and knowing my way around. And although my trusty Lonely Planet has mini maps of each destination, it pales in comparison to this in-depth colour street atlas. And the fact that this guide comes with a pull out map as well, just so I don’t have to lug around a book, is the cherry on top really.

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Although a drawback for backpackers travelling Europe is that obviously a guide for just one city isn’t very efficient. I think I would go for a travel guide covering more areas for a big trip. However, for a city break or a trip stopping at 2 or 3  locations, I think Marco Polo have given Lonely Planet and Rough Guide a run for their money…”

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Munch Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Munich Pocket Guide: “A lightweight which fits into every handbag. The categories: Sightseeing, Eating  & Drinking, Shopping, Nightlife and Hotels cover everything a tourist has to know to get around town.

The writing is brief, entertaining and concise. The information on every location is complete – directions to the location, phone number, email address etc. are especially useful. It comes with a foldout plan of the entire city area so you won’t miss the proposed places. Also informative are the brief chapters of certain topics such as “Fine dining in Munich” or “Eating out on a low budget”. These overviews include short assessments of the listed locations. The assessments are to the point and describe shops and locations which actually are frequented by Munich inhabitants.

Last but not least, there are some funny texts on the town and its atmosphere, mentality, culture and clichés. Most of them hit the mark and tune you in on your visit! The photos illustrate the words very adequately and have good recognition value. Of course, most of them were taken when the weather was really nice, but looking at them will whet your appetite for a trip to Munich.

Conclusion: Lightweight and easy to carry around, this travel guide gives all necessary information and up-to-date tips for first time and experienced visitors alike.”

See our full range of Marco Polo Pocket Guides covering over 100 destinations!

Have you used our Pocket Guides? What did you think?