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The Rough Guide to Romania - 4th Edition [Paperback]

Tim Burford , Darren (Norm) Longley , Dan Richardson
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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28 Oct 2004 Rough Guide Travel Guides
The updated fourth edition of the Rough Guide to Romania is the definitive guidebook to one of Europe's most extraordinary nations. A brand-new full-colour section introduces the author's highlights 'the things not to miss' of the country. There are detailed accounts of all the attractions, from the Danube Delta to the bustling capital of Bucharest and the gothic castles of Dracula's Transylvania. The guide reviews the best places to eat, sleep and drink, for every budget. There are practical tips on everything from tracking wolves in the Carpathian Mountains to making the most of the country's many vibrant folk festivals. In the contexts section the authors delve deep into Romania's history, culture and wildlife. This new edition boasts a bigger section on Bucharest and more detailed hiking information throughout the country.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides Ltd; 4th Revised edition edition (28 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184353326X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843533269
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,070,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The holiday-makers' favourite guidebook series (The Sunday Times Travel Magazine) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Tim Burford studied languages at Oxford University. He first visited East-Central Europe in 1988 and has travelled widely in the region ever since. Dan Richardson started as an author at Rough Guides in 1984 and has travelled extensively in Russia and Eastern Europe.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful. 17 Sep 2009
By Sigrid
An excellent guide. Good city plans and useful descriptions of accomodation and restaurants.

I travelled with a friend, and between us we had the Rough Guide and Loneley Planet. No comparison - by the end of our holiday we had just stopped using the Lonely Planet - a much inferior guide. Inaccurate as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but some things are incorrect 14 May 2012
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The guide was quite complete. Even on smaller towns there was information written. Sometimes we would have wished more information on some of the bigger cities like Brasov and Sibiu. We didn't really use the info on hotels, and sometimes the info on restaurants. We would wish there was more info on restaurants and pubs. The maps of cities were very useful. Also the information about how to find the tourist office.

We didnt like that on several occassions the information about timings and busses to certain places was incorrect. We didn't expect this to happen so much, since the guide book is only a hear old. So for these things please check the timings locally. For bustimings:, for train timings: These timings where always correct. Note that sometimes there are also minibuses running which are not mentioned on
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out-of-date reviews, up-to-date book! 18 Jan 2006
By A Customer
The tired old reviews complaining that the Rough Guide to Romania talks only about tired old hotels should be removed - the book has been updated and does give a fair picture of Romania today. I suspect the references to Hungarian culture are so noticeable because minority cultures are of particular interest to foreign visitors - of course the majority culture is covered and appreciated, but why bother saying 'this is a typically Romanian town' all the time??
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dependable detail 24 Mar 2009
As usual, the fifth edition of this guide published in June 2008 proves itself to be above others in the quality and detail of information provided for the traveller. The section on Bucharest alone is more comprehensive than some of the other city guides. The restaurant recommendations are fair and up to date, considering the rapidly changing scene. An essential for anyone visiting Romania without the aid of a tour guide.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What an adventure! 7 Jan 2009
I found this book extremely useful during my two week tour of Romania via car. However the most frustrating thing was the difficulty in locating the original 'Dracula castle'. Its not very well described in the guide and none of the locals seem to know where it is either! (probably because they all think that the castle in Bran is the real thing)...
The comprehensive lists of pensions and restaurants is excellent and we sampled several that were recommended with highly pleasing experiences!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful little book 16 Nov 2013
By Jancba
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This book gives an honest appraisal of Romania, including the not so good in with the must-see places. Interesting little asides to add historical information about places to take on board as you visit them. We would not have been without it. A good buy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 9 Oct 2013
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Alright guide but a bit dated. Very brief overview of lots of places. Did help us find a very cheap place to stay in Tulcea but they weren't expecting British tourists as they don't advertise anywhere any more.
Needs updating but all round a good 'rough' guide to get you around with a small amount of knowledge of the areas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rough Guides are always the best! 4 Sep 2013
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Rough Guides are always good. They don't miss out the small places as some guides do.
This is the one I've used most to plan my trip in Romania, and the one I'm taking with me.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
I know my history and this book should be forbidden, most of the things are not even true. Very bad author and bad editor as well since they published this without even checking... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Catalin
4.0 out of 5 stars Well up to standard
Very useful guide when touring Romania. Recommended if you are going there.

In depth and for the areas and towns we visited very accurate.
Published 11 months ago by Aitku
3.0 out of 5 stars A good book for visiting the country
As a guide for visiting the country, this product does well. It has numerous suggestions and good descriptions. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Crisan Alexandru
5.0 out of 5 stars Romania
After two visits, one holiday and one rugby trip have found this book invaluable. My delight was going down a little back street in Bucharest and finding the church on the front... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Caroline Mahoney
4.0 out of 5 stars Used this Summer 2012
Used this during a trekking holiday in Romania, heavy but a great read wiht practical stuff, campsites, currency, hostels and history and politics sections, plus great town and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Yvette Staelens
4.0 out of 5 stars Romania Rough Guide
The Romania Rough guide was in good condition (though one unimportant page was missing). Ex-library stock. Contains all the useful information that you would expect.
Published on 13 April 2012 by Mike S
4.0 out of 5 stars Romania Rough Guide
A decent book, but not as much detailed info as sometimes required. May we recommend the 'pensuine' accommodation, though it would be easier to negociate if the vocabulary in the... Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2011 by IsM
1.0 out of 5 stars History book? Think NOT ! It says Guide init? DON'T BUY.
If I've ever wanted to learn the history of Romania or Hungary I would buy a HISTORY textbook not
one of incompetent guide writers. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2011 by Ado
3.0 out of 5 stars Standard Rough Guide?
Some good stuff from Rough Guide, perhaps not as good on the detailed information about sights as some Rough Guides, maps are user-friendly but not always accurate, perhaps more... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2011 by cwt
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