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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Russia [Paperback]

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1 Oct 2013 DK Eyewitness Travel Guide

The DK Eyewitness Russia Travel Guide is your indispensable guide to this beautiful part of the world. The fully updated guide includes unique cutaways, floorplans and reconstructions of the must-see sites, plus street-by-street maps of all the fascinating cities and towns. The new-look guide is also packed with photographs and illustrations leading you straight to the best attractions on offer.

The uniquely visual DK Eyewitness Travel guide will help you to discover everything region-by-region; from local festivals and markets to day trips around the countryside. Detailed listings will guide you to the best hotels, restaurants, bars and shops for all budgets, whilst detailed practical information will help you to get around, whether by train, bus or car. Plus, DK's excellent insider tips and essential local information will help you explore every corner of Russia effortlessly.

DK Eyewitness Russia Travel Guide - showing you what others only tell you.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (1 Oct 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1409386651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409386650
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 13.5 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise detail 7 May 2014
By Peter
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I wanted a concise guide, mainly for a few days in each of Moscow and St Petersburg. These cities are fully dealt with, accompanied by the usual maps, diagrams, street views, photos etc. More than enough information for my purposes, but in a fairly compact format. Other regions of Russia are also covered, but in less detail.
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Excellent quality, crammed with up-to-date information. Pictures, plans, maps superb. May be too large and heavy for carrying in pocket. Small text could be a problem for some people.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A travel guide or a propaganda piece? 30 Jan 2014
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While I am a big fan of DK Eyewitness Travel series, this book utterly disappoints. The introduction starts full of propaganda stamps: "mafia-state", "petrodollars", "towns and villages languished in poverty". The "history" part, well, you guess it, nothing but "gulag" and "dissidents". But then, who reads this part anyway, right? On to the travel pages:

3/4 of the book is dedicated to Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Which leaves only about 60 pages for the rest of the country. Which makes one wonder, why even bother to publish this book, when there are separate guides for both of these cities.

So, let's review these 60 pages. Russia, after all, has 25 beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites, so there should be enough to get a traveler busy.

The magnificent Solovetsky islands? Nope, not there. Ferrapontov Monastery in Vologda? Ancient city of Derbent? Not even a mention.

The famous Golden Ring of Russia? Four of the 13 cities have made it into the book. Suzdal got lucky, but not Rostov Velikiy, Kostroma or Ivanovo.

Medieval fortresses of Vyborg, Izborsk or Shlisselburg? Town and Fortress of Kronstadt? Imperial palaces of Oranienbaum, Strelna or Gatchina? Neither was worth even a single sentence. And yes, most of these are included into UNESCO World Heritage sites list.

Lena Pillars Nature Park (another World Heritage site)? Not there. Neither is Yakutsk. So, if you are planning to take one of the popular Lena river cruises, or visit the Pole of Cold - choose another book.

So, what is there, what has made the list of sights a regular tourist wants to see in Russia?
- White Sea Canal - a former Gulag site
- Perm36 - another former Gulag site
- Magadan - well, you guessed it
- Stalin's Bunker in Samara - it actually has more information dedicated to it, than some of the country's finest art museums

So, I would only recommend this book if you vie to get your head loaded with the Cold War era propaganda. If you are just a tourist who wants to marvel at the beautiful churches of Rostov, museums of Gatchina or natural monuments on Lena river - look for an actual travel guide.
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