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Frommer's Budapest Day by Day (Frommer′s Day by Day – Pocket) Paperback – 21 Apr 2009
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From the Author
I, for one, get frustrated when information in city guide books is densely packed into the area-by-area approach. With this supposedly tried and tested formula, I often tend to miss many of the things that might interest me and only find them while inadvertently flicking through the guide on the flight back home. It was refreshing as a writer to work with Frommer's highly original Day By Day format which manages to incorporate the must sees, as well as highlight more specialist activities in a readable and practical way. The whole approach is geared towards ease of use for the reader while there's also plenty of detail, making the guide ideal for both short term and longer stay travellers. The must sees are cleverly divided into: The best in a day, The best in two days and The best in three days, while the author is free to single out themes that stand out about the particular city. In the case of Budapest, these include in-depth detours of Budapest behind the iron-curtain, Turkish traces, the best baths and coffee houses, and retracing the steps of the 1956 revolution. Neither has the area approach been completely dispensed with, as the most outstanding walks are the subject of the neighbourhood walks section. Hotels, restaurants and nightlife are also smartly segmented according to what is best in its particular niche from the experience of someone who has seen the city emerge from the post transition era of early 90s into the buzzing place it is today. Beyond Budapest, we put you straight to where the action is.
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At last, a travel guide that tells you how to see the best of everythingin the smartest, most time–efficient way. The best of Budapest in one, two, or three days Thematic tours for every interest, schedule, and taste Hundreds of evocative photos Bulleted maps that show you how to go from place to place Hotels, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife for all budgets A tear–resistant foldout mapenclosed in a handy plastic wallet you can also use for tickets and souvenirsSee all Product description
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In short we had a fabulous trip and will most certainly be using other Frommer Guidebooks for future city breaks.
Also one of the facts it states is that the Ludwig musueum houses famous art from Picasso to Lichenstein amongst local artists. This was worth a visit in our eyes as these are some of our favourite artists. Ludwig is a little out the way (About 15 minutes on the Number 2 tram from Chain Bridge), however when we got there, there was no sign of said artists. The exhibitons are good and the museum is worth a visit but our hopes were a little dashed.
Prices are outdtaed now (Can't blame the book on that one) and also some restarants no longer exist (Miso on Castle hill is one, again can't blame the book on that one). One thing I felt this book severly lacked was a suitable public transport map. It does include the metro system but for some unknown reason it seems to exclude the tram system and the bus system. I can understand emitting the bus routes but the trams I felt were an essential part to quickly getting round the city and it seemed impossible to find anywhere that offers a tourist map of this system which made planning your routes very hard.
All in all a useful guide but felt it would be best suited to a companion book such as a Rough Guide or Lonley Planet. If it wasn't for the lack of tram routes and a few errors I would have given it 5 stars.
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