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on December 5, 2011
All guide books could be longer and more detailed, but this one has the necessary amount of detail one needs for a week's stay in Moscow. Moscow is a world city that is worth visiting at some point in one's life. However, if any one tip could have helped me before I left for Moscow, it would be this: never smile, or show any signs of friendship with service personnel of any sort, and preferably not with strangers. In the Russian mentality, smiling or showing any human warmth is taken as a sign of human weakness or unimportance, and all you'll get back is a dumb, retarded blank face (that just invites punching) ignoring any request for help or information. Russians introduced by other Russians are some of the friendliest people on earth, and Muscovites are no exception. But my advice on dealing with Russian service personnel would be: speak to them as you would if you personally hated them. DON'T smile as you speak, or before. DON'T smile or behave in a friendly manner when they help you with anything. Behave in a sullen, serious manner like that person is the last person on earth you'd like to be speaking to at that moment. With this understanding of the Russian mentality, you'll find yourself getting much better service, and not the poor service handed out to obvious tourists. They'll assume you to be someone to respect. A pity that, hopefully their mentality will improve or mature in time, and they'll learn what it means to show friendliness and warmth to strangers. But until then, don't behave in the normal friendly way you do in other countries - these people don't understand it and it only breeds hostility. Be unfriendly (not easy at first but after a few days of unfriendly service this comes naturally to most people) and guarantee yourself a better more comfortable stay, and together with the Eyewitness guidebook, you can't go wrong. To all those hotel staff who treated me like I was in a Gulag, to all those self-important airport idiots of various kinds who persistently gave me the 'retard look' when I was searching desperately for a telephone, to those individuals on the street who brushed me off like I was a Chechen rebel, all I can say is WAKE UP, and make your city more attractive to the world. I've travelled the globe, been to many third world cities and countries, and Moscow still leads the list of the world's unfriendliest, least stylish, most uncultured, most tasteless, and most inhospitable cities. Tons of cash but no style, culture or good taste. EVERY third world city I've been to has more culture and good taste, with less money. Now no guide book in the world can change Moscow's 'Gulag' mentality - but this one at least made the trip easier, because by pointing to a word or picture, no-one could pretend they didn't understand what you meant. Now I hope I haven't put anyone off visiting Moscow! Visit the city - because after Moscow, every city you visit for the rest of your life will seem like the friendliest place on earth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2010
I consider this book a best offer to buy, as it is fully illustrated and very informative about Moscow, including a brief introduction to its history, places to visit, everyday and cultural lives, tips to sightseeing and whatever a tourist whishes to know in first hand before visiting Moscow and around. It's also a how-to guide for those who want to be well informed about Moscow, which includes informatios about trains, subway, bus, trolleybus, taxis and car rental. Also, there are transcriptions of russian words, indication of restaurants, museums and churches to visit, cafés, hotels and price estimations for almost everything. I'm really happy to have bought such a complete and colorful guide like that!
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on November 11, 2011
DK Eyewitness Travel guidebooks are awesome for one simple reason: they show you the attractions they are talking about. It makes it easier to decide whether or not you want to spend the time and effort to see something. This book (the 2010 edition of the book, ISBN: 978-0-7566-6089-5) is no different. The pictures are awesome, including my favorites, the 3-D cutaways. The book is something you can look at over and over even if you're not planning a trip to Moscow.

This particular edition left me somewhat disappointed, though. The problem is that even though it was published in 2010, a lot of the information is out of date. Some of the attractions have incorrect information (one example: the Church of the Resurrection in Kadashi is listed as being closed to public, but it is open). The drawn maps showing routes around areas are also not totally accurate. It was frustrating to buy a new edition only to find that some of the information has not been updated. I have also found that while the guidebook lists URLs for some of the attractions, many more of them have web sites. There are also a few attractions, like the Gulag History Museum and the WWII bunkers, that are not listed and probably should be. The other things that is somewhat lacking is information on the Golden Ring cities. That sections is very short, but since it is close to Moscow, and very visitable, especially if you're in Moscow for a week or more, it would be nice if there were more details.

Finally, the book is lacking in what I would call "tips and tricks." It would be a huge help if it was listed when the best times to visit (the times when you're most likely to actually get in some of the more popular attractions). Some price information would be nice, too, although I realize it is quite fluid.

It is still a quality book and serves as a great help when planning what to see and do in Moscow, and I would still probably recommend it, but doesn't seem to be quite up to the standard of other DK Eyewitness guidebooks.
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on September 16, 2012
Have numerous books of same : europe, Usa, South Africa and a lot of cities too
This one hasn't been updated : some hotel, reopened since 2 yrs, still listed as closed, with wrong, old, name
Some churche, that visibly have been under construction for years, appears as open to public
Restaurant choices are rather poor and limited (compared to Rome book or Madrid book) whereas Moscow is gastronomically interesting place
Maps are inaccurate ( same as Istanbul book)
So all in all, not that good a book, shame
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on July 29, 2010
The "Eyewitness Guides" are the best travel guides I have ever used. I discovered them over 15 years ago and have been relying on them ever since. I own more than 15 of them, for major cities and countries throughout Europe. They are accurate and make travel much easier to plan if they are read in advance. I particularly like the architectural cutaways used for museums and sites of interest. The maps and geographical area breakdowns are also extremely helpful. I can't recommend them strongly enough.
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on March 29, 2013
This book gives a lot of helpful information about sights to see and it is broken down into areas. It also contains a chapter about out laying areas. Very colorful pictures and a short guide about what metro station to use it arrive at the location. If you are spending more than three days in Moscow you need this book. If not just go spend the day around Red Square.
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on November 22, 2011
All I have to say is you do not need to read anything else if you are visiting Moscow. I visited in August and this book had me fully prepared.
Moscow is a fantastic city and I tell everyone they should visit.
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on July 14, 2013
Although I use Rick Steves for hotels and restaurants in Europe, I always bring along Eyewitness for art and architecture.
For Russia, I will use only Eyewitness.
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on February 2, 2013
Wouldn't leave home without it. Great for describing your own pictures when back home. DK books are the best and we have tried others.
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on January 27, 2013
I rely on this series wherever I go. Plenty of information in a small package. Once used to the format I find them easy to use.
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