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Eastern Europe (Lonely Planet Regional Guides) Paperback – 23 Dec 2000

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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 6th Revised edition edition (23 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1864501499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1864501490
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 12.7 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,568,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
This was the first time I went for a Lonely Planet guide, and so my remarks might seam very obvious for those who are use to them. For the sort of trip that takes you to a big number of places in a few days it is the best reference to take in your pocket. Just the right amount of information on each place, each city, each route, etc. etc. etc. Dozens of maps on even small towns we came accross in Eastern Europe, where to go if you have little time, and updated contact info on places to stay. The best thing was, the authors remarks on these places (which were cheap, big, far, friendly, etc.) we confirmed on most cases!
Eastern Europe is a wonderful area to visit, but it is just the place where you want to use your time to the fullest. Thid book helps you do just that, planning each day what you will do (and where you'll be!) the next.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hansjoerg Gebel ( on 2 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
I have to admit that I am no great fan of the Lonely Planet series. They are usually full of flaws, lack cultural insight, and the authors are masters of self-celebration. BUT their regional guides which cover several countries in one are indispensable reference books, as long as you don't regard them as travel guides.
The LP Eastern Europe covers twelve countries on just over 800 pages, which doesn't leave space for lengthy travelogues. In this case, less is more. For they have left out all the blurb they usually write about pseudo insider tips and excursions "off the beaten track" which too often place you at the centre of a Japanese visitors group. What is left is a reference book with everything from detailed transport information to useful addresses for almost everything you can imagine.
The major Eastern European cities are dedicated around a dozen pages each, and these read like the condensed version of the official Yellow Pages. Excellent public transport information, very good activity guides, all addresses and opening times, and a useful list of budget hotels. Just ignore everything they write about restaurants, pubs and nightlife. If you are over thirty and don't live on an LEA grant, then you will find the latter section pretty much useless.
For places such as Macedonia or Albania, this may be the only up-to-date English guide you can find, but for other countries in Eastern Europe I would recommend better informed (and culturally sensible) guides.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Everything in Moderation 3 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I recently lived in Bulgaria for several years, and can attest to the relative accuracy of the Bulgarian section of this book. However, it presents a somewhat abbreviated picture, as the inclusion of so many countries in one book means that some chapters are unavoidably short. For example, Bulgaria is chock-full of great restaurants (both in the capital Sofia, and in more picturesque resort towns such as Bansko) but only a disappointingly small fraction are mentioned here. On the other hand, this book DOES include Albania (approximately 40 pages -- quite impressive), a country with admittedly little tourism but where such a guide is worth its weight in gold. If you'll be spending long periods in one country where a decent, individual country guide exists (such as the superb Rough Guide to Bulgaria, which served as my constant travel companion and which I highly recommend), you may want to consider buying that country's guide. But if you're traveling extensively around the region, or visiting otherwise less well-documented travel destinations such as Albania, this book fits the bill.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Abbreviated, but good. 19 Jan. 2002
By John Andrew Deskins - Published on
Format: Paperback
We purchased this book before going to three of the countries covered, because there are so few books that cover Eastern Europe as a whole.
Although the information was limited, we found it helpful in general terms. It also whetted my appetite for going to the other countries in the book!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Indispensable book for a beautiful region 30 Aug. 2001
By Jorge Reyes - Published on
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I can only speak for the Yugoslav section in this book, since it is the country I am most acquainted with.
Generally speaking, the LP team did an excellent job researching Beograd, but information on the rest of the country is poor. They don't mention a thing about Serbian institutions like Studenica monastery; they omit everything about the Fruska Gora and there's not even a word on the charming town of Sremski Karlovci.
I wonder whether the information on the other countries is equally poor. If that is the case, I'd rather tour the region on my own without any book at all.
However, one improvement with respect to the previous edition is they are now including Kotor (But Ulcinj is not so much recommended as before, which I don't know why since the beaches are much better than in Budva).
With regards to Novi Sad, their suggestions are very poor, even in what concerns to lodging. My recommendations are: add the Fruska Gora, Srem Karlovci, Raska and probably Nis.
Good but a little abbreviated 8 May 2002
By Jesse Saunders - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm going to be a first-time Eastern Europe traveler this summer. However, I have travelled extensively and one of the first things I look for in a travel book is a book that offers information on all aspects of a country. For example, I felt the information on countries like Yugoslavia and Macedonia was a little abbreviated. There are some people out there who would actually like to do an "off-the-beaten-path" trip in those countries and Lonely Planet wasn't able to help me plan for this. The information on Greece was definitely helpful, but for those who plan to travel on their islands, I'd recommend Lonely Planet's Greek Islands which had exactly the right amount of information I needed to make my travels there worthwhile!
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