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Current and Concise
on 20 August 2014
I suspect that the time of the analogue travel book is almost at an end. As most people will be painfully aware, the average lonely planet or rough guide tome is a heavy beast, not remotely suited to travelling light. Combined with the fact that the information contained within - phone numbers, prices and dates is liable to change, and thus be incorrect, I am sure that I am not the only person who much prefers actually travelling to a country or city with a digital guide, or access to a service like Trip Advisor on a phone or tablet. Much more portable and current.
In any case, I do enjoy being able to go through a book before leaving, even if I won’t actually carry it with me.
This Lonely Planet Austria is the most up-to-date edition (published May 2014, according to the back of my copy), and therefore the only version worth having. Don’t buy a second-hand previous edition, or you may find things have changed considerably when you arrive in person.
It is a reasonably sized (around 400 pages), with a sturdy outer binding. It contains the usual sections on general information and specific geographic areas, whilst concluding with some pages on history, culture and a ‘survival guide’. The main sections are as follows:
‘Plan Your Trip’ Section including:
Top Places to Visit
Lower Austria & Burgenland
Salzburg & Salzburgerland
Tyrol & Voralberg
The geographic sections include mini-maps of urban areas, sights, activities, tours, festivals and events, sleeping, eating, drinking, entertainment and shopping, and are informative, without being long-winded. There is also good general information about the culture, clothing for seasons, emergency phone numbers and contacts and so on.
There is also a very useful detailed pull-out map of central Vienna including a transport map, sights and a detailed index. Unlike other Lonely Planet books I have used, this contains some much appreciated information about what roads to take to certain places. Not everyone will be using public transport, and communicating other options is great.
This is a solid guide, and will be of great use to the first-time visitor to Austria, or one of its provinces. It is a great reference book to have on the shelf, but if you can afford the space and weight, it will be of even more use in your backpack!