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Budapest (Bradt Travel Guide) (City Guide) [Paperback]

Adrian Phillips , Jo Scotchmer
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April 2009 Bradt Travel Guides (City Guides)
Phillips and Scotchmer are winners of the coveted Guidebook of the Year award. Comprehensively updated - while still full of colourful reflection and corny gags! - this second edition of Budapest has also been thoroughly refreshed and reformatted with a swish new design, far more colour and photographs, and easier-to-use grid-referenced maps. It is the essential travel companion to a city that sits outside the euro zone and therefore offers better value than some of its European neighbours. As well as short breaks and business conferences, Budapest has a growing reputation for affordable dental work, cosmetic surgery and luxury spa treatments - so visitors can really return 10 years younger... Bradt's new edition of Budapest will suit the culture vulture, the gastronome, the naturalist and the water baby alike. So whether travelling on business, for pleasure or for pain, in high style or with finances frankly 'a béka segge alat' ('lower than a frog's arse'), this is the book to buy.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 2 edition (April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841621854
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841621852
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 553,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'As informative as ever. Combining an engaging, light-hearted tone with stylish prose and layout, this guide tempts you into digesting large chunks in one sitting. Dare I say it, perfect airport reading.' Duncan Craig, Deputy Travel Editor, Daily Express 'An insightful, eminently readable guide that gets the visitor under the skin of this city.' Kate Simon, Travel Editor, Independent on Sunday 'Comprehensive, clear-eyed and full of subtle insights. This guide is a pleasure to read, and a fine companion to one of Eastern Europe's greatest cities.' Dan Linstead, Editor, Wanderlust 'Bradt Travel Guides are famous for their enthusiasm for going where no other travel guides have..packed full of useful information.for somebody intending on visiting Budapest and also for those who know the city superficially and would like to go deeper.' Where magazine 'What I read by authors Adrian Phillips and Jo Scotchmer was ever so entertaining. Bradt is very good at putting the finger on the specifics of Hungarian life that can surprise visitors.Besides providing the inevitable information.this guidebook that actually does fit into your pocket is very strong on providing the little, interesting pieces of information you can usually only get through local friends.Attention is also paid to spelling.The Bradt guide is an indispensable companion for a visit to this fabulous city.' The Budapest Sun 'Guides to Hungary are often weighed down by the serious, self-conscious and even pompous attitude to the tragic history of the Carpathian Basin. Phillips and Scotchmer bring the refreshing irreverence of an external examination yet treat the subject with affection and respect.Phillips and Scotchmer have pounded the streets of the Hungarian capital and hunted down local characters and characteristics to bring the mini guide alive. The guide is written in a smooth, informative style, packed with details yet never lecturing.A section on 'Natural Budapest' reveals information which I have never seen in a guidebook.' The Budapest Times

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Adrian Phillips is publishing director at Bradt Travel Guides; he is the author of several guidebooks, and writes regularly for newspapers and magazines. Jo Scotchmer is account director for a public-relations company; she has also contributed to a number of national magazines.

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Budapest Guide! 28 Feb 2005
"This book is sheer enchantment to read. Even if you never have the opportunity to visit the city, you will feel you know it intimately after reading this delightful little guide. The two authors write with a loving and intimate knowledge of the city. While never compromising on detail or erudition, they manage to make the text read as compulsively as a Penny Dreadful - and, unusually for a travel guide, there is a laugh on almost every page. I was hooked from the minute I read the modest and delightful introduction, and the fascinating bits of Hungarian trivia in the shaded boxes that are scattered liberally thoughout the text were compulsive reading - I have found myself quoting the information gained as if I had always known it. While mercifully concise, the history of the city is written in sufficient detail to give substance to the complex and changing political climate of the place. The useful practical information is richly varied, from nightspots and eating places to the expected baths and spas (catering equally for all visitors, straight and gay) and also,unusually, to the natural habitat. Although the book is very conveniently pocket-sized, it contains a huge treasure-trove of local information which is invaluable to the visitor. Everyone should buy it!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well-judged guide 19 Jan 2010
This guide to Budapest achieves a perfect balance between readability and factual content. The passages on Hungarian history and character are well judged and written at the right level for the curious first time visitor. The listings are comprehensive and accurate, and assisted us in finding some excellent restaurants. The book is full of useful information and advice. In my case it paid for itself by pointing out that EU citizens over 65 travel free on public transport.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only guide you need for Budapest 13 Jun 2010
By Harry
I spent 4 nights in Budapest (having never visited before). I read this guide through once before I left and then referred back to it constantly during our visit. It really is all you need. It is both inspiring and informative, covering virtually everything you need for a successful visit. If only all travel guides were like this (mind you, I'd never used one from this series before, so maybe they could be!).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent travel companion 18 Jan 2010
My partner and I used this book over New Year for a 4 day visit. We found it very accurate, the recommendations proved invaluable and there is plenty of background reading to get under the skin of the place to feel you are getting to know it. We liked the informal style of the writers; you felt they were trying to empathise with you as a newcomer to the city, and you got the impression they were passionate about the city and wanted you to share some of that too!

We look forward to returning to Budapest - and we look forward to the next edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Change 18 Jan 2010
For years I've routinely picked up Lonely Planet guides, but with my local bookshop not stocking one for Budapest and only a day to go before I flew out, I thought I'd give the Bradt guide a go. Not only did it have a recommendation for the perfect accomodation, but its humorous, passionate approach was a change to the always informative, but occasionally colourless and certainly over-familiar approach of Lonely Planet. Give it a go!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need for Budapest 30 Nov 2010
By Helen
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Have visited Budapest many many times. Have taken friends with me for short breaks, so decided to buy a good tourist book for my friends to choose different sight seeing areas.

Very happy with this book, has everything there you need for a long weekend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide to a great city 10 Feb 2010
By Fog
I had been to Budapest a dozen times before and exhausted three other guide books but still found plenty of new things in Bradt including bike tours, guided city walks and even a dentist. Wish I had found Bradt earlier, it conveys a real affection for the City. The guide presents all the practical stuff such as local transport, accomodation and eating at the start of the book when many guides will hide it away at the back. But is very strong on the must-see sights, culture and night life.
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