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The Rough Guide to Slovenia - Edition 2 Paperback – 25 Jan 2007

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 2 edition (25 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843537257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843537250
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Norm Longley is co-author of Rough Guides to Romania and Hungary and is a regular updater on The Rough Guide to Europe.

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As a seasoned traveller, having an accurate and useful travel guide is an essential part of my kit. Recently I have grown tired of mainstream and established guides leaning more towards database listings of where to go and what to do. I want insight. I want to know about a place, its history, culture and the author's personal views. I want to feel inspired to visit a place by the writing. So it's refreshing to see that the Rough Guides still manage to maintain an acceptable balance between information and insight.

The Rough Guide to Slovenia is now in its second edition and there have been many improvements. The most obvious is the new glossy cover; a full page photo with a translucent band across help to make the book much more aesthetically appealing to the eye, which is a vast improvement from the bland cover of the previous edition.

The colour intro contains a useful quick reference guide to the country's highlights, and scattered throughout the book you'll also find two new colour inserts that help to give more emphasis on the two things the country is most famous for: caves and outdoor activities.

More importantly though, is the content. The author manages to maintain an easygoing style which almost makes you feel like he is actually talking to you. Whilst striving to provide accurate information he is also not afraid to give blatantly honest reviews of places and accommodation. His description of a place in Bled where I have personally stayed is right on the button:

"This popular lakeside place has a convivial atmosphere despite the rooms being dated and cramped."

It's for this kind of honesty that people buy a travel guide. If we just wanted a simple list of places to stay and go we would ask at the tourist office, or read the brochures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damoo on 15 Aug. 2011
I did pick up couple of other books on Slovenia as well. Its a pity that most of the books do not have detailed maps that could help micro level aspects while planning the trip. They do have maps on a macro level geography though.

This book covers a lot of details in depth. For sure the author has waded through every inch of the country. His recommentations of restaurants,bus transports, tips on the strategic locations around scenic spots. For example Lake Bohinj where he explains elaborately about various spots like Ukanc, Ribcev & how each place could hold significance in terms of visiting Mt. Vogel or the old church/bridge.

What the book lacks is a detailed map of the places in and around each tourist attraction. For example anybody planning a trip to Lake Bled wud know that the Bled castle & Vintgar gorge of Triglav national park are reachable by walk. Though the author says the sign boards marked with 'Grad' would take us to the castle, it would have been easier if he had a one pager map with spots marked. Same case with the other spots he suggests around Lake Bled. The near by villages could have been put in a map to easily identify. He has mentioned them theoretically but very difficult to decipher them especially when we ride bicycle or prefer to go by walk.

The tourist information offices in Lake Bled or near Lake Bohinj are crowded with private tourist operators.
There are no good maps available. I spotted lot of tourists asking the gondola owners & cafes about the directions.

On ljubjiana, the author mentions the heritage railway station is maintained impeccable and has a very good tourist information center. I disagree. The railway station is just okay.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Insightful and informative, Rough Guide to Slovenia is an essential part of anyone's Slovenia travel kit! 23 Mar. 2007
By Ian Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
As a seasoned traveller, having an accurate and useful travel guide is an essential part of my kit. Recently I have grown tired of mainstream and established guides leaning more towards database listings of where to go and what to do. I want insight. I want to know about a place, its history, culture and the author's personal views. I want to feel inspired to visit a place by the writing. So it's refreshing to see that the Rough Guides still manage to maintain an acceptable balance between information and insight.

The Rough Guide to Slovenia is now in its second edition and there have been many improvements. The most obvious is the new glossy cover; a full page photo with a translucent band across help to make the book much more aesthetically appealing to the eye, which is a vast improvement from the bland cover of the previous edition.

The colour intro contains a useful quick reference guide to the country's highlights, and scattered throughout the book you'll also find two new colour inserts that help to give more emphasis on the two things the country is most famous for: caves and outdoor activities.

More importantly though, is the content. The author manages to maintain an easygoing style which almost makes you feel like he is actually talking to you. Whilst striving to provide accurate information he is also not afraid to give blatantly honest reviews of places and accommodation. His description of a place in Bled where I have personally stayed is right on the button:

"This popular lakeside place has a convivial atmosphere despite the rooms being dated and cramped."

It's for this kind of honesty that people buy a travel guide. If we just wanted a simple list of places to stay and go we would ask at the tourist office, or read the brochures. But independent travellers who want to plan their own itinerary want to know what the place is really like, so they can make an informed decision as to where to go and stay.

While boxed sections highlight special events or places of interest, the bulk of the information is neatly woven into sectioned paragraphs each written with a clarity and authority that is indicative of the author's thorough research and in-depth knowledge of the country. The second edition also contains more detailed maps than the previous edition and its map of the Triglav National Park is the best I've seen yet.

Extremely well written and packed with accurate and useful information, the Rough Guide to Slovenia is an essential aid to anyone planning a trip to this beautiful and diverse little country.

Reviewed by Ian Middleton: Travel Writer and photographer, and author of Mysterious World: Ireland.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Thoughts from a young adult on a budget 12 May 2009
By ohsocurious - Published on Amazon.com
I am sold on the Rough Guide books after purchasing the Slovenia guide. I am one who likes to go with the flow a bit, and wants enough information to be safe, spark excitement and have a general plan, but not so much that I could have saved thousands and lived vicariously through the book. This book was perfect. It was designed in an easy to follow manner, has helpful maps and tips for foreigners in getting by. Only having a few days in the country, I ultimately wanted a "top-ten" list of things to do and see, and this book provides just that. On this particular trip I plan to stay in hostels and play outdoors; the Rough Guide to Slovenia provides many suggestions for "roughin' it". I have yet to travel but out of the multiple books I purchased, this is the only one coming with me.
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good return for money 10 Jun. 2007
By S. Bruckmann - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't traveled yet, but it helped me to prepare my route.

The data seems to be very accurate.

I doubled check the internet and got same information.

Good summary and nice photos also
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