I have been lucky enough to spend a lot of time in Vienna over the last 5 years so I am always interested to look at new guidebooks coming onto the market-how does this one shape up? Well it has a number of things going for it-it is light, easy to carry, reasonably well made and colourful. If you are a visitor coming to the city for a weekend you will be interested in the 'Vienna in two days' highlights section and there are dedicated entries on activities with children, shopping and nightlife amongst others. The maps will be useful to all especially welcome are the clear and simple ones which show the locations of hotels, restaurants and bars as well as a special one on the Art Noveau architecture for which the city is so famous. Although it seems an obvious point this is an updated 2012 edition which means you can reasonable confident of the accuracy of the contents. In short if you are looking for a portable, easy to use guidebook which covers the main sights and gives a reasonable set of recommendations about eating places and hotels then you can buy this book with confidence. However, some readers I feel will be disappointed: the maps of the great museums and the descriptions of their contents are poor and there is nothing on the numerous fascinating small towns that many people will want to visit such as Eisenstadt, Melk or Krems. Furthermore, the writing style can be rather naff-do we really need to be told that 'the most angelic choirboys'can be found at the Burgkapelle or that 'the hottest ticket in town'is the Staatoper? This last sentence tells you what you need to know-the occasional visitor will find this an invaluable pocket guide, the traveller who wants to look beyond the obvious or who seeks a context for his visit will need The Rough Guide or similar.