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Lonely Planet Budapest (City Travel Guide) Paperback – August 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: City Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 4 edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740598148
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740598149
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,850,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lonely Planet has always been my go-to guide, and I have dozens of them. I have always loved LP with its wealth of information that I could locate quickly, because the organization was very similar for all guides, and had an ample table of contents and an excellent index. Unfortunately, they have decided to reinvent their look, and the new format is like a totally different guidebook, one that is hard to use.

The new guides read more like marketing brochures. On the back it says "Budapest is a paradise for explorers. Keep your senses primed and you'll discover something wonderful [...] at every turn." That is not useful information. It does not tell us something unique about Budapest: change the word "Budapest" to "Bangkok" or "Boston", and it probably fits. And indeed, because the new guide is so poorly indexed, exploring might be the only way to find things. I buy travel guides to cut down on the time to find what I am looking for, and LP fails at that basic task in its colorful, redesigned format.

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW

The organization used to be by the kind of thing you might be looking for - sights, lodging, eating, entertainment, etc - often with sections in each for parts of the city. The new organization is separate sections for parts of the city, and subsections within that for sights, lodging, etc. This is great if you know where you want to go, and especially if you are focusing on one part of the city. But what if you are flexible about where you want to stay, and would prefer to have all the lodgings grouped together, with subsections for neighborhoods within lodging? What if you want to find a particular kind of food and are willing to travel to another part of the city to find it?
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I've used Lonely Planet travel guides several times in the past, and they are by far my favorite series of guide books. But that also means I have very high standards, and with this book, I was disappointed. The writing is only okay, certainly not as enjoyable to read as say, the Morocco or Southern Germany books. I usually get a little obsessed with reading about an upcoming trip - not being able to put the book down till I've finished, and then re-reading parts. But I've had a hard time getting myself to read this, even for the first time.

There are also a lot of mistakes. The book comes with a new key for one of the maps stuck into the front of it, because apparently the key that was printed was completely wrong. Several of the pictures in the introduction are in the wrong place (i.e. it says "see below" when it's actually above), or seem to be the wrong pictures entirely. There are many grammar and spelling errors, which is disruptive when reading.

Also, the author seems to have some trouble with left/right and east/west. He uses these incorrectly near the beginning (oddly enough in the section that's supposed to be orienting you). Then, later on, he writes that trains heading west leave from the east station and vice versa. I later discovered this to be true, and it would have been helpful if he had, for example, said that it was strange, so I didn't think it was yet another mistake.

One other complaint is the section at the beginning (the standard color section in LP) is unbelievably boring. It's about the Art Nouveau architecture in Budapest, and maybe it's just me and I didn't realize that I preferred reading about art or music or anything rather than architecture. But maybe it could have been done a little better.
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Recently purchased the 4th Edition and found the pullout maps to be useless. The text is printed in an incredibly small font. I purchased this book without seeing it first based on experience with past Lonely Planet books. Never again. Outside of some interesting history, I found little useful about this city guide. I was better served with a map provided by the hotel and what information I could gather from the hotel concierge (from a hotel not listed in LP guide book). LP city guides seem focused on low budget travel alone. I am shifting to Frommer's.
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A good travel guide of Budapest. We were pleased with the information it provided, especially the self guided walking tours. The maps were easy to read and accurate.
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Lonely Planet normally does great guide books, but this one was lacking. We go to European cities to see the sights and sample the food and the culture. There are too many pages devoted to shopping, drinking, nightlife, and sports & activities. There's a map you can tear out of the back, but it's not nearly as useful as the fold-out ones you find in the "Best of" series. On a positive note, we did find the info about using the public transport system useful, but had to pick up local maps to find our way around. We would have bought the Best Of version, but it wasn't available on the UK site (we live in France), so took a gamble on this one. Get the Best Of book instead or pick Rick Steve's book.
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By Sam H. on August 14, 2011
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I always use Lonely Planet guides when I travel. This particular guide for Budapest was disappointing. The information is there - good maps, but it's not written in the usual engaging style. It's quite dry and boring, and did not inspire me to visit places. Budapest has much more to offer than what's presented in this book.
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