data afforded by the Handbook will enable the traveller to
dispense with the costly and often bewildering catalogues.
The Maps and Plans, on which the utmost care has
been bestowed, will prove of material service to the tra¬
veller when threading his way through the intricacies of
the curious mediaeval cities of Belgium, or when entangled
in the network of railways, rivers, and canals with which
the Netherlands are overspread.
Heights and Distances are given in English mea¬
The Hotels indicated by asterisks are those which the
Editor has reason to consider the most comfortable and
worthy of commendation; and in awarding these asterisks
he has entirely disregarded the self-laudations of innkeepers
and other persons of a similar class. The average charges
and prices stated in the Handbook, although constantly
tending to rise, will enable the traveller to form some idea
of his probable expenditure.
To hotel-proprietors, tradesmen, and others the Editor
begs to intimate that a character for fair dealing and cour¬
tesy towards travellers forms the sole passport to his com¬
mendation, and that advertisements of every kind are strict¬
ly excluded from his Handbooks.