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2.0 out of 5 stars
Poor Content, 14 Dec 2010
As this was the only recognised Berlin guide for the Kindle, I had high hopes for its content, seeing as I had no other option. I was left deeply disappointed. The guide is limited in its content:
- Many of the museums have no pricing;
- The reviewed eateries for each neighborhood are limited to very few and those that are do not necessarily serve traditional German cuisine;
- Of the few eateries that have been reviewed, there is definitely a skew towards the more expensive venues, which does not represent accurately the value and variety of Berlin eating;
- Bars are left without any pricing guide;
- The guide does not actually recommend much of what it describes - it gives a description but without explaining whether or not it is worth going!
- While train stations are listed for getting to places, there is no transport map (train/tram/underground) included to highlight how to get there from where you are;
- The maps are poorly replicated in the Kindle, rendering them virtually useless;
- I visited in December and there is NO MENTION of Christmas markets - a HUGE feature of Berlin at Christmas and the thing many people visit for;
- Alexanderplaz has virtually no information on eating - the writers have decided that no-one would be interested in eating here, despite there being several places to eat in the very busy and popular square, particularly at Christmas time;
- Many historical points are brushed over or ignored - e.g. barely anything is said about the Brandenburg Gate.
Having used Lonely Planet for the first time (by default, not by choice) I would suggest that you buy a paper book by another publisher until a better guide (perhaps a Bradt or Rough Guide) is available on the Kindle.