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Only in Budapest: A Guide to Hidden Corners, Little-known Places and Unusual Objects [Paperback]

Duncan J. D. Smith
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1 Jun 2006
A comprehensive illustrated guide to more than 80 fascinating and unusual historical sights in one of Europes great capital cities. Unlike other well known guidebooks on this subject, Only in Budapest focuses on less visited but very attractive sights and provides less known background information regarding the most popular places in the city. Recommended for visitors to Budapest wishing to discover something a little different.

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Jel-Kep; 2nd edition (1 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9638709014
  • ISBN-13: 978-9638709011
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 554,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having worked for many years in the publishing industry selling other travel writers' books, in 2003 Duncan J. D. Smith decided to start writing and illustrating his own. As a self-styled 'Urban Explorer', travel writer, historian and photographer, he has embarked on a lifetime's adventure, travelling off the beaten track in search of the world's hidden corners and curious locations. Duncan has so far traversed three continents in search of unusual places and people, from the wartime bunkers of Berlin and the Baroque gardens of Prague to the souks of Damascus and the rock-cut churches of Ethiopia.
His European findings are being published in a ground breaking series of guidebooks - the 'Only In' Guides - designed specifically for the purpose. Volumes on Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Zurich, and Paris have been published, and a volume on London is in preparation. The series has garnered considerable press acclaim, with sales to date in excess of 100,000 units.
As a result of his extensive travels, not only through the cities of Europe but also in Africa and the Middle East, Duncan regularly generates original illustrated material for publication both in magazines and online. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the places about which he has written, as well as an extensive photo library available for commercial usage, including cards and prints.
Duncan has also undertaken television and radio work in the course of promoting his creative efforts and has given many illustrated lectures in bookshops, societies, universities and London's Victoria & Albert Museum. He released his first audio tour CD in 2010.
Born in Sheffield, England in 1960 Duncan ran his own private museum from the age of ten before going on to read Ancient History and Archaeology at Birmingham University. Together with his father Trevor, he co-wrote and illustrated four highly successful books on the curiosities of Sheffield and Yorkshire, and was the author of the best-selling topographical book 'Yorkshire: A Portrait in Colour'. Still a passionate collector he now tries to restrict his habit to vintage travel books, whilst also enjoying gardening, natural history, and music.
Duncan divides his time between England and Central Europe and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 6 Jan 2007
Although there are a lot of travel guides about Budapest this is the one I particularly like. It's not only a guide to all the usual places but also to all the hidden treasures of Budapest and how to get to these places plus there are colour photos on every page!

The sights are divided into the Buda, Óbuda and Pest districts, and other places of interest near by are also mentioned to save time and effort.

The other fantastic thing about this book is that it has the history of the buildings and places mentioned as well that of the country. I went to Budapest in July for week, now it's December and I still flick through the book because it's a great read.

I recommend it to anyone going to Budapest for the first time or indeed revisiting it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Now then 3 April 2008
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure 16 Jan 2007
This book is a real treasure. Well-written and nicely presented, it's a lovely guide for travellers who are looking to see more than just the obvious tourist sights. Budapest is a beautiful and fascinating city, and well worth exploring properly.

I lived there for 8 years and know the place very well, but even I discovered some new things in this book. Friends who go on holiday to Hungary are always asking for advice on what to do and where to go, so in future I shall just recommend this book and let them get on with it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Budapest off the beaten track 8 Dec 2007
Getting off-the-beaten track in a major capital city can be a difficult thing, but Duncan Smith's "Only in Budapest" helped me to do exactly that. A sequel to his equally fascinating "Only in Vienna", which I also enjoyed reading, I would heartily recommend this new guide to independent and adventurous travellers wishing to really explore the Hungarian capital. The book focusses on the city's less well-known locations, for example Turkish tombs, hidden caves, secret courtyards, unusual museums, and forgotten cemeteries. And it's extremely well illustrated too, with good colour photographs. I recommend "Only in Budapest", not only as a practical guide but also as an interesting book to read at home.
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