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DK Eyewitness to Vienna
on 30 January 2009
whever I go somewhere new I will always look for the DK eyewitness without hesitation. I did in this instance but, in this case, was wrong to do so.
The descriptions of places seem very vague and a bit distant, a lot of the photos are out of date and the book didn't tell me enough about the city in general. 'Transport from the airport' was especially vague, and didn't even mention the best way of travel, the CAT (a double decker train), let alone tell you that it costs E.17 each way. It is as if the author hasn't been to Vienna for a decade, and has lost touch with the place.
The best two places we went to (over a long weekend) weren't in the guidebook - the Terra-Aquarium, which is housed in what looks like an old municiple water tower (it looks derelict when you walk up to it, but really isn't), and Hundertwasser's KunstHausWein, which was well worth the trek to get there. Both of these places were within the map borders, but not mentioned anywhere in the text.
Also, while telling you about the Chirstmas markets, it omits to tell you that they don't open until well after midday, as do a lot of retail shops.
The book does get two stars because the maps are flawless and highly informative. The few walking routes we did were well planned, though not all that informative. This is a good book, up to their usual visual and mapped standards, its the content that I'm really disappointed with!!
If I go back to Vienna again, I will buy a different guidebook.