- 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 Budapest (City Travel Guide) Paperback – August 1, 2009
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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?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
LP is always the best guide for our lifestyle way of traveling. Not perfect, the best of the guide books out there. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Merida Insider
Visited in May of 2014 as part of a river cruise. We had great guides who were local. They not only had all the info about the sites but about their history and that of the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by TxLdy
Well laid out and relevant information in a regular book form, but not recommended for Kindle or other ebook readers.Published on February 10, 2014 by Nandor Laklia
A really useful guide. While it is comprehensive, it is very accessible, easy to use in the city not only for historical perspective, but, for street by street, up to date touring.Published on July 24, 2013 by pip
I prefer Lonely Planet guides when traveling. Perfect to use in any destination - great advice about things to do.Published on July 21, 2013 by Carly Stock
This is a wonderful guide to the city. We used it every day. I highly recommend the Lonely Planet items.Published on June 28, 2013 by music lover