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The Rough Guide to Moscow Paperback – 31 May 2001

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 3rd Revised edition edition (31 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858287006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858287003
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,678,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Excellent book. -- The Times, 1 April 2000, London, UK

The most up-to-date guide available to the Russian capital. -- The Independent, London, UK --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dan Richardson could not be more informed about Russian politics and culture, having previously lived in Russia and since made many return trips with his Russian wife.

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Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very useful and accurate when I was in Moscow. The book suffers from the same problem as all books about Russia which is that nothing seems to stay the same and its impossible to keep track of prices. However its ability to take you off the beaten track and along the back streets of Moscow is great.
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By Ian Shine VINE VOICE on 9 Jan. 2008
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While Rough Guides are usually quite reliable, I found this one to be both infuriating and outdated. It was written in 2004 I think, so the outdated part is understandable, but the fairly poor maps with incorrectly labelled landmarks (which haven't changed over time) are unforgiveable. I found myself using the maps in my copy of 'Trans-Siberian Handbook' (Trailblazer), which was updated in 2007 and was therefore a lot more reliable, although it only contains about 20 pages on Moscow.

One section which I found particularly poor was the cinema section, as despite hunting down a cinema museum and two english-speaking cinemas, when I arrived at both places I was told by the owners that the museum had never existed and that english films had never been shown at either cinema.

So, don't bother buying this edition, but if Rough Guide bring out a new edition in the near future, it will more than likely be a worthwhile purchase.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x98bc8390) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x988419f0) out of 5 stars Better than Fodor's 25 Jan. 2000
By Cynthia Strong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Rough Guide's book on Moscow is by far one of the best tour books I have seen for that city. Recently we had the chance to live in Moscow for two months. This book, along with the Rough Guides Russian phrase book, were our constant companions. The Moscow book was essential for giving us really indepth information about most of the sites we went to see. Also, the history section was invaluable to us as we found it necessary to do a little homeschooling of our children while there. I still refer to the history section of the Moscow book to refresh my memory on the complicated story of Russian history.
We also had Fodor's along with us but found that we relied much more on Rough Guides as a source of important and reliable information. Rough Guides is a must if you visit Moscow.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98b1942c) out of 5 stars THE essential guidebook for anyone heading to Moscow 13 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I packed my bags for Moscow last summer I included about 4 different guide books, and the only one that came home ragged was this one. Absolutely the best I have seen or ever expect to see -- Step by step suggestions to get you exactly where you need to go, maps and more maps, and a small language primer. The thing that puts this book above the rest is that it gives you a complete historical story behind each destination. I came away with beautiful pictures and the history to go with them. This book even features short day trips outside of Moscow. The Rough Guide pocket sized language primer (available from Amazon) is also an essential. Take these two books and prepare yourself for some of the greatest times you will ever have. P.S. -- Check out the new edition
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99219a98) out of 5 stars Excellent guide book; necessary for all visitors to Moscow 9 Aug. 1998
By M. A. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
No one book has more information than this one, and it's simply the best all-in-one traveling companion available. But it isn't perfect. Personal anecdotes and incidents sometimes seem amateurish, and Moscow changes so quickly that some of them are now quaintly outdated. The maps are minimal to the point of being useless; the best maps are in "Great Moscow", "Three Days in Moscow" (if you can tolerate the outdated street names), or one of the building-by-building atlases now available (all of these are published and available only in Russia). Finally, the level of detail is so great that some errors inevitably crept in, and hopefully they will be corrected in the next edition.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9899f2d0) out of 5 stars Better some guide than no guide at all 3 Aug. 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Unfortunately, despite the slow rise of tourists coming to Moscow, there is still no good guidebook. Taking that into consideration, I chose this over the Lonely Planet because it has more day trip information and more background.

This book is truly chock full of information. However, it is arranged in a way that is terribly useless. Neighborhoods are listed, followed by page after page of historical detail and buildings to notice -- guaranteed to get you lost if you actually try to read as you go. My method settled into choosing a neighborhood, reading the book, going there, getting lost, coming home, then reading the book again to try to discern where I'd been.

A bizarre cross section of details pepper the book: things like information on $100/month gyms for New Russians, but no useful notes on where average people can go work out. This sort of thing doesn't matter much to the tourist, but can be frustrating as someone living in Moscow.

I still think this is one of the better guides out there. It does have remarkable historical coverage in a small amount of space, as well as practical details that should satisfy any shoestring or economising traveller. One can hope that further issues of the Guide are able to arrange information more helpfully.
HASH(0x989395a0) out of 5 stars Out of date, a month after publication? 28 Jun. 2005
By WhoAmI - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I used the latest edition of this guidebook on my recent trip to Moscow (after having a great experience with the St. Petersburg version) and was shocked at how out of date the book was. Most of the restaurants that we tried from the book were closed or not at all what was described, and the prices (both for food and admission to various places) were wildly divergent from those listed in the book. While I understand that there is a lot of turnover and change among these things in Russia, this was simply unacceptable from a new edition that was released a month before my trip. Other guides that we had that were older were more accurate, so it's obvious that the authors did not really try to update this new edition before releasing it.

A second criticism: this book is extremely hard to use for actually navigating the city. The book is organized by the different districts within Moscow, with maps of each area only at the beginning of each section. This means that a great deal of time is wasted trying to find the correct map to look at. It would be much easier if all of the maps were at the back of the book. More importantly, the metro map in the book is absolutely useless. In Moscow, where 2 or more metro lines meet, each line will come into a different station with its own name that will then be connected by walkways to the other station. The map in this book does not make clear which station is on which line, which can make travel a lot more confusing than it needs to be. For a more useful metro map, check out the Eyewitness travel guide, which one of my travel companions used and found to be much better.

The postives: While I would not recommend that anyone use this book as their sole guide for the reasons listed above, the descriptions of the sites to see around Moscow were extremely informative. The recommendations for tour companies, including who has exclusive access to certain areas, were correct. I would rely whole-heartedly on the book's listings of what bus numbers to take to get around, as they were always accurate. Also, we did find 3 restaurants in the book that were still around, had good food, and reasonably priced: Dioskuriya (Georgian food: Nikitskiy bul. 5, str. 1 near the Arbatskaya metro, through the post office arch); Genatsvale (Georgian food: Ostozhenka ul. 12/1, near the Kropotkinskaya metro); and Karetniy Dvor (Azerbajani food: Povarskaya ul. 52, near the Barrikadnaya metro).
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