The chief object of the Handbook for the Rhine is to
supply the traveller with such information as will render
him as nearly as possible independent of hotel-keepers,
commissionnaires, and guides, and thus enable him the
more thoroughly to enjoy and appreciate the objects of
interest he meets with on his tour.
The Handbook is based almost entirely upon the per¬
sonal observation of the Editor, and the country de¬
scribed has been repeatedly explored by him with a
view to procure the latest possible information ; but, as
changes are constantly taking place, he will highly appre¬
ciate any communications with which travellers may
kindly favour him, if the result of their own experience.
Those already received from numerous correspondents,
which he gratefully acknowledges, have in many cases
proved most serviceable.
The present edition, which corresponds with the 20 th
in German and the 11th in French, has been thoroughly
revised and considerably augmented. For the article on
Rhenish Art the Editor is indebted to Professor A. Sjmnger
The Maps and Plans, on which special care has
been bestowed, will often render material service to the
traveller, and enable him at a glance to ascertain his
bearings and select the best routes.
Time Tables. Information regarding trains, steam¬
boats, and diligences is most trustworthy when obtained
from local sources. The best German publications of the
kind are 'Hendschel's Telegraph' (2 marks) , published
at Frankfort on the Main, and issued monthly during