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Prague (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide) Flexibound – 17 Sep 2005

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  • Flexibound: 272 pages
  • Publisher: DK Eyewitness Travel (17 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405310944
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405310949
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.7 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,172,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A pleasurable read with ravishing photography plus maps and plans of supreme quality.' The Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By BookWorm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 July 2007
As with all Eyewitness Guides, the multitude of glossy colour photographs are a real selling point of this guide. It's very helpful for pre-departure planning. The maps are good and integrate well with the text. There are also close up double page spreads focussing on the main sights, highlighting the best bits and mentioning the rest too.

The guide focusses on the sights, and achieves a good balance between showing highlights and 'best ofs' to help a time-poor traveller choose their itinary, while still showing the less famous attractions the city has to offer.

There is also information on places to eat and sleep, general cultural information, and practial information, plus a phrasebook. I found this section informative and well laid out, with just the right level of detail.

The main disadvantage with this book is the size. It's just a bit big and bulky to be comfortable to carry around. However, for pre-departure planning it's well worth a look, and of all the guides I looked at, the number and usefulness of the pictures inside are unrivalled.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Rich with detail 8 Nov. 2009
By wiredweird - Published on Amazon.com
This summary of Prague, capital of the Czech republic, gives a helpful introduction to this beautiful and complex city. Following the usual "Eyewitness" formula, this starts with a few suggested day tours, each oriented towards travelers with different tastes. I imagine these to be most helpful for people who suddenly find themselves with a little time in Prague, and with even less time for detailed planning. Next, this offers a chapter on Prague's history - in this case the historical context helps the unfamiliar visitor understand the complexity of the city and its many interlocking elements.

After a few more notes, including information about the weather to expect at different times of year, the book gets into the chapters I found most useful. This divides the city into five geographical sections, each emphasizing one aspect of the city's history and culture. These chapters present detailed maps and descriptions of the many attractions in each section. Every page features photos or illustrations that entice the visitor with more options than most people have time for, including museums, cathedrals, shopping and dining areas, and lots more.

I found the "Further Afield" chapter especially helpful. It describes points of interest outside the city itself, but generally within easy reach by public transportation. For me, the Trades Fair Palace turned out to be a happy find - an art museum that could easily take half a day by itself. Unfortunately, this book's maps give only the roughest idea where "further afield" things are. Most hotels will be able to offer detailed maps that make these things easy to find, however.

There just isn't any way to summarize this book's wealth of information in a few words. I found it clear, complete (or complete enough for my trip), and extremely helpful. Even without other travel guides to compare it to, this has my highest recommendation.

- wiredweird
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