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Lonely Planet Austria (Travel Guide) Paperback – 16 May 2014
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher
Lonely Planet Austria is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Watch the scenery unfold as you drive up Grossglockner Road, marvel at the grandeur of imperial Vienna, or ski down Austria's many pistes; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Austria and begin your journey now!
Inside Lonely Planet's Austria Travel Guide:
*Colour maps and images throughout
*Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
*Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
*Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
*Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
*Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, art, music, sports, outdoor activities, architecture, politics, landscapes, wildlife, coffee houses and wine
*Free, convenient pull-out Vienna map (included in print version), plus over 60 maps
*Coverage of Vienna, Burgenland, Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Styria, Carinthia, the Salzkammergut, Salzburg, Salzburgerland, Hohe Tauern National Park, Tyrol, Vorarlberg, and more
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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!
It is broken down into four major sections:
Page 4 - Plan Your Trip:
This section is an introduction to Austria, what to look out for (Austria‘s Top 23), what you need to know in advance, and other touristy stuff.
Page 55 - On the Road (“The Guide”):
P056: Vienna (with a fold-out map inside the back-cover)
P113: Lower Austria & Burgenland
P151: Upper Austria (with 4 sub-sections)
P172: Styria (4)
P198: The Salzkammergut (3)
P216: Salzburg & Salzburgerland (3)
P261: Carinthia (4)
P284: Tyrol & Vorarlberg
Page 341 - Understand:
This section has articles on local culture - history, arts, Alps, etc.
Page 381 - Survival Guide:
A-Z Directory, transport, etc.
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