I have to say this book is a good read, however you can't take it with you as your ONLY guide book. My husband and I went last weekend to Budapest (fantastic place by the way!) with another couple and took this book with us. The other couple had two other guide books which had all the usual info in, such as useful phrases, places to eat, bars and MOST of the places that were in this book. Had we not had their books too with their detailed maps and bars etc I doubt we would've had such a good time and found the places so easily - I was however able to offer the history part. I realise you need to find your own bars and restaurants, but it was nice to be given options near to our hotel etc which you just don't get with this book - maybe that's the point of it, I don't know. Although this book gives you lots of history and is indeed a good read, don't take it as you're only guide. It is very well written and interesting though.