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  • Series: EYEWITNESS TRAVEL GUIDE
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: DK Travel (March 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789441802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789441805
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,385,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Robert Nagle on June 5, 2001
In preparing for a trip to Hungary, I examined thoroughly the choices for Budapest.
The Eyewitness Travel Guide on Budapest by Tadeusz Olszanski is the most eye-catching and the least helpful. It contains lots of graphics and diagrams and maps, and not too much information. Still, the most helpful section was the street index--something I hadn't seen in other books. The multitude of pictures are helpful in describing architecture, geography and art. On the other hand, its information on accomodations is very limited. Don't get me wrong; it's a beautiful and interesting book; it just is not as helpful as the other three. And it is two years old. I'm not necessarily saying that this book is bad, merely that it may not help you very much on the excursion.
The Frommer's Budapest book (3rd edition) gave the best information about finding and choosing accomodations, but the book has no pictures and aside from a nice subway cover on the inside cover, the maps are hard to find and not very easy to use. Frommer's gives excellent information about prices and shops and restaurants; it's almost a guide to buying things rather than a tour book. I didn't find it particularly thorough about travel information, customs, or those sorts of details. That is not entirely fair. They have a nice section in the front a kind of "best of" list for things in budapest. The nice thing about the book is that it recommends things to do if you have only one day, three days or a week. They also suggested some itineraries for walking tours.
The Fodor's Budapest pocket reference is drab and not full of much information. Don't get it.
My favorite guidebook series has been Lonely Planet, and the Budapest Lonely Planet is fairly helpful.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By gellio on August 28, 2000
After visiting Budapest with this guide, I can assure you- it's the best guide out there on this city. In response to the previous reviewer who said "Vaci Street" was listed incorrectly. Actually, you are incorrect. There are "TWO" Vaci Streets in Budapest- an upper (open to traffic) and a lower (pedestrians only)- which is the famous shopping strip. This guide has them on the correct pages- you just missed the correct street because it is much smaller than the huge traffic ridden street to the north. This all was mentioned in the guide. It is wise to understand something before attacking it.
Furthermore- it is really highly unwise to rely soley on a travel guide when traveling...you completely lose the adventure.. For that reason- using a guide for resturants is perhaps foolish. I didn't even look at that section and I found several little "non tourist" resturants to eat. Budapest is packed to the hilt with eateries...they are not hard to find. Finding ones that aren't listed in travel guides- then you are getting real Hungarian food.
Part of traveling is discovering and relying entirely on a travel guide takes that away.
I recommend these guides for sites (because they have more than any other guides listed) and lodging (unless you want to stay in hostels).
This is a great guide- the best out there for Budapest- when used properly.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Kulman on July 30, 1999
Architectural photos and text are useful, but otherwise information is riddled with errors (misspellings, misnamings of sites and other factual mistakes). For example the book mentions sites twice under two different wrong addresses. The book also states that visas are required for US citizens which has not been the case for many years. Also, almost all of the listed restaurants are tourist traps. I found this guidebook series very useful for other cities and countries (France, Vienna and Rome for example). I was very disappointed by this volume and I recommend that you choose another guidebook.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1999
I love the Eyewitness series, but the Budapest guide seems like it was rushed into print without proper editing or proofreading. Map coordinates are incorrect, index entries don't appear in the text, and subway stops are mislabeled. For example, the coordinates for Vaci Street, listed as one of Budapest's "Top Ten Sights" are listed as "Map 2, F1 and F2." In fact, Vaci Street is located on Map 4, on the other side of town. This may not seem like a big deal until you waste a couple of hours schlepping yourself over to the wrong Vaci Street (there are two). If you need another example, look up the famous Kiraly Baths, another of "Budapest's Best," in the index, then try to find them in the body of the guide. They're not where they are supposed to be, on page 101, nor are they described -- except in passing -- anywhere else in the guide. The longer you spend in Budapest, the more mistakes you will discover in this guidebook. My recommedation: wait for the next edition.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Candace Scott on January 5, 2004
This is a surprisingly effective and well-organized guide, with some interesting photos. If you're planning on spending just a few days in Budapest, then this compact little book will be indispensible in locating the famous streets and tourist sights. The maps are more than adequate and the walking descriptions to each locale are precise and accurate. There is also corresponding material on how to use the public transportation in the city and which station to take for each particular site. There is a separate chapter on the churches of the city with a brief ranking system for the nosiest places, the friendliest, the cheapest food, etc.
If you're planning a lengthy sojourn in Budapest or if you already know the city well, then this book would not be as helpful. It is solely intended for the casual tourist and there is little, if any, information on the intriguing environs of the city. Many of the best sites are neglected because most tourists don't want to bother or simply don't have the time to stick around. Still, this is a thrifty guide you can stick in your pocket and consult when you need to find a restaurant, beer haunt or hotel. In short, if you're a first timer to Budapest, enjoy one of the greatest cities in Europe and be sure to tuck away Olszanski's guide.
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