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Vienna Prague Budapest (Cadogan Guide Vienna Prague Budapest) Paperback – 18 May 2007

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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Cadogan Guides; 2nd edition (18 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860113664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860113666
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,206,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Cadogan series of guidebooks is superb - comprehensive, intelligent, practical and well-written' - Washington Times (US)
'Beautifully written, evocative and informative' - The Times (UK)

'Original and insightful essays' - The Daily Telegraph (UK)""



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This is an excellent book, packed with useful advice. We visited all three countries using this one book and found it extremely informative. We used the top 5 recommendations shown for each country and was not disappointed. If you are only spending a couple of days in each country then take this book with you - it will save you a lot of time working out where to go!
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Useful and detail information on site so you don't get lost! Includes also history description from the cities that helps to understand the places and monuments.
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This guide has an inbuilt advantage in that all other publishers retain separate guides for Prague, Vienna and Budapest, but none combining all three. As such, Cadogan could have cornered the market but this book does not deliver the goods.

I can't yet vouch for the accuracy of the information (my trip is in a couple of weeks), but in terms of layout and formatting it is miles behind the excellent Dorling Kindersley guides. The pages are not easy to read, they seem poorly laid out and fail to draw the reader's attention to key features in each city, there are no pictures at all, maps are tucked away in the centre of each section rather than as an easy access pull-out. In short, not at all a user-friendly guide for easy use on the move.

My only other Cadogan guide is for India, which scores by having greater depth of information. Here, there is nothing unique other than the fact that the three cities are combined. A great pity.
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I cannot vouch for the Prague or Budapest thirds of this book but the Vienna section is littered with grisly and disheartening spelling mistakes; These errors are compounded, in one case, by an attempt to derive a false etymology from a false spelling. I think it is discourteous of publishers to offer for sale a book so peppered with mistakes. There are other (and more trustworthy) guides to Vienna.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90379780) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ffc4624) out of 5 stars Excellent Guide 12 Jun. 2007
By George Seyfarth - Published on Amazon.com
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We planned to visit these never before seen cities on a recent tour. We looked in libraries and bookstores for guides to them and found this one which had all the information we needed and more for our tour,and we would certainly look at these author's tour guides in the future for other destinations.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a281c3c) out of 5 stars A nicely succinct guide. 17 Oct. 2007
By John J. Kelliher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We used this guide for just Budapest and Prague, not Vienna. It was usefully succinct in its description of the importance of the sights it reviewed. Also, it helped those having a limited amount of time to identify the "must see" sights and gave a quick introduction to the money, culture, etc., of the country involved. The only reason it's not 5 stars is that it failed to lay out walking routes to hit the sights it mentions, something that would have been even more useful.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9157c700) out of 5 stars No Photographs 14 Feb. 2008
By N. Podaci - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the reasons I chose to order this book was Amazon's mention of "color photographs." There are NONE, other than the cover. In fact there are no photographs at all. The very few illustrations are maps, no better than I've seen in the other books.

Where this book seems superior to others is in the depth of its descriptions. For example, over two full pages on the Charles Bridge. Each country/city also has an introduction with several pages of history and art history.

The font is of nice quality but just a little too small. I don't want to be whipping out the reading glasses while I'm sightseeing. Also, the book is nicely divided into the three cities, so could perhaps be cut into three parts to carry around -- but the publisher chose to put the Language section (3 languages) in the back. Why not put the Czech language section at the end of the Prague section? That would also put it closer to the restaurant listing, where a language reference would be handy.

I'm going to read this thoroughly so I can better appreciate the sights, but a different book is going with me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9049eb10) out of 5 stars Poor Maps, Poor Information, No Photos 3 Aug. 2008
By Misti Mcdaniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Maps are an important part of any guidebook, and the maps in this book are lacking. They do not include hotel locations on city maps nor Metro/bus stops. They have no key and are in a pink/white ink (like Rough Guide), making them difficult to read. In addition, it includes no information for budget travelers; no hostel information nor cheap eats (this book lists anything less than 25 Euros as a "Cheap Eat"). In addition, it does not include a list of bulleted "Must Sees;" it prefers to list sights by location, not importance. As a result, smaller, regional museums take precedence over more important sights, which may be listed in a different neighborhood. In addition, it does not list entrance fees to musuems, it simply says "Admission Charged." After two days, I stop using this book and started asking Tourist Information Offices for maps and suggested sights. This book would be good supplemental information for a tourist on a tour with a guide, but very poor for independent travelers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ffe5a38) out of 5 stars Complete 19 Sept. 2007
By Ines M. Manzano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Is a complete book of information, not only basics, is really a guide to visit this 3 destinations. I recommend it.
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