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Hungary: The Bradt Travel Guide Paperback – November 1, 2005

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"Gives the inside track on everything from the best place to go for a thermal bath in Budapest to the star attractions on the shores of Lake Balaton." Independent on Sunday "The Bradt Guide to Hungary is simply a pleasure to read as there is something amusing on almost every page. It is crammed to bursting point with facts, figures, anecdotes and minutiae on Hungarian life. Even the most clued-up locals will find many things they didn't know within its pages. This is the first guide published outside Hungary that really depicts the country as the locals see it. "Budapest Times "Authors Phillips and Scotchmer have gathered an enormous amount of information about sights worth seeing in the country, and discovered hidden treasures that few people know, even among us Hungarians. They have an understanding of the Hungarian ways, psyche and attitude, which is probably why this guide is fun to read even for a Hungarian. All is written in a concise yet enjoyable style, without the proliferation of Hungarian spelling mistakes omnipresent in foreign-language publications." Budapest Sun "Typically impressive. The background and practical information is detailed and thorough. "Glasgow Herald "Comprehensive and offering something for every type of tourist. "Travel Bookseller "Splendid. Dip anywhere for another entertaining insight into Hungarian history and lifestyle. Here is quality writing not usually found in guidebooks. ""

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Romantic Budapest floats with the cream of world capitals, an established tourist "must-see." But Hungary has oodles more besides. Here are forested mountains and rolling "puszta" plains, peasant villages and pretty Baroque towns, whip-cracking cowboys and bathers dozing in thermal pools.
Hungary: The Bradt Travel Guide provides all the information you'll need for a short stay or a longer tour. Go hiking in the Mátra Hills, wine tasting in the Eger valley, horse-riding in the Great Plain, nosing in the museums of Pécs, splashing in central Europe's largest lake - or goulash-slurping at a pavement cafe as the sun sets over Sopron. Whatever your passion, Hungary has it covered.

*Hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs
*All the wildlife highlights and national parks
*Hiking, horse-riding and cycling
*Thermal baths and bathing etiquette
*Wine tasting--and a tour of the Tokaj region
*History, politics and culture
*60 detailed maps

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Product Details

  • Series: Bradt Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 1st edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841620912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841620916
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,016,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Laszlo Wagner on September 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
Bradt has long been known for publishing detailed guides to obscure countries and regions few other publishers bother with - their guides to several countries in Africa or the Balkans are the only ones available.
Hungary is very different though: It is one of the most visited countries in Eastern Europe, already covered by all major guidebook publishers. So I was quite curious to see what Bradt could make of it - all the more so as it is my homeland, actually!

I first saw the book in a store in Singapore, and immediatey found it so good that I decided to order a copy once back home to be able to read it more thoroughly.
In the end, I have concluded that this is probably the best guide to Hungary ever published abroad! It is very comprehensive, covering more places than the competition (Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, etc.). It excels in covering less standard attractions such as ecotourism, birdwatching and nature reserves. It contains lots of useful and insightful background information, often in boxed texts scattered throughout the guide. All this comes with most of the practical info you could expect: details on places to stay from campsites to five-star hotels, recommended places to eat, details on getting to the places described by public transport, including its frequency.
And to top it all, the style is perhaps the most entertaining of all Bradt guides I have read: it is opinionated, amusing and conveys an obvious fondness of the country.

OK, now for the shortcomings - surely no book can be perfect, right?
1) Coverage of budget accomodation options is limited, for some places noting none, for others only one or two. This, and maybe the next thing I mention, makes Lonely Planet perhaps the better choice for budget travellers (only!).
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