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About the Author

Rick Steves has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. Rick produces a public television series (Rick Steves' Europe), a public radio show (Travel with Rick Steves), and an app and podcast (Rick Steves Audio Europe); writes a bestselling series of guidebooks and a nationally syndicated newspaper column; organizes guided tours that take thousands of travelers to Europe annually; and offers an information-packed website (ricksteves.com). With the help of his hardworking staff of 80 at Europe Through the Back Door—in Edmonds, Washington, just north of Seattle—Rick's mission is to make European travel fun, affordable, and culturally broadening for Americans.

Cameron Hewitt writes and edits guidebooks for Rick Steves’ Europe. He first visited Budapest on a lark in 1999…and now he can’t stay away. From Budapest’s colorful and quirky history, to its grandiose architecture, to its mouthwatering food, to its uniquely enjoyable thermal baths, Cameron can’t get enough of this enthralling, enigmatic, exhilarating city. When he’s not on the road, Cameron lives in Seattle with his wife, Shawna.
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Product Details

  • Series: Rick Steves
  • Paperback: 772 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; Fourth Edition edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612381901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612381909
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Alan on May 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
I called this review Incomplete because I bought the book for a trip through Croatia only to find that he only covered about 1/2 of the country. I spent time in Osijek, a major town in the eastern part of the country. Unfortunately this book doesn't even mention it. Neither is Vukovar which I also visited. He does include bits about Mostar and Sarajevo and parts of Montenegro which is good. What this all means is that his focus is on places near the coast. So a better title would be the Dalmatia.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Judy S. Haranin on September 30, 2013
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I bought the book based on his reputation. It was okay but I think perhaps things have changed in the European countries since his reviews and tips of some of the places were not as we expected and as he described. Some highly rated places were jammed with tourists and junk stores. Nothing like it was 20 years ago. I actually got more information on-line reading tips from people who had just made a similar trip through these countries.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ritchey Stroud on October 6, 2013
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I found this book too difficult to use on kindle.It was not easy to get to specific pages without searching through many pages and/or accessing the index.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cathy S. on June 29, 2012
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This book came recommended to me by another traveler. I found it to be full of important details when traveling to a place I have never been to (Europe).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fay on September 23, 2012
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I bought this book because we will be taking a trip to Croatia next year. We have used Rick Steve's books in the past when traveling to Europe. They are very helpful. This book gives great tips on places to stay, sights to see, and restaurants to eat at. It also has a few pages of frequently used words and phrases so you can translate from English to the Croatian language. It also gives tips on foreign currency exchanges, as well as what you need to convert electricity. I would highly recommend this book to anyone traveling to Croatia.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George W. Bolln Jr. on November 29, 2012
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We used this book as the primary planning tool for a 2 week trip to Croatia and slovenia. Excellent tips on sites and lodging. Liked the down-earth language and descriptions. This book matched many of the facts and recommendations from other articles and web searches. Gave us confidence in using the recommendations. We then went on line to book various hotels, etc. We liked this book better than the Moon "Croatia & Slovenia" guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dolphin on December 13, 2012
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I took this book on my recent trip to Croatia and Slovenia and found it excellent. My only criticism is that he didn't say anything about the Island of Krk, which I thought was charming. I was able to use it extensively while making my scrapbook after I got home, helping me to remember the details of all the other spots I had visited (aside from the Island of Krk!)
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My husband and I have quickly learned that while traveling through Europe, Rick Steves' guides are by far the best. Yes, he only covers cities/regions that he feels are worth visiting, but I don't mind having a guidebook writer with an opinion for once. His book series is much more even than, say, Lonely Planet, where some cities' guidebooks are excellent and others are terrible. We got a lot out of this book on Croatia/Slovenia, especially since we knew very little about the region. We visited some places we probably wouldn't have known about otherwise, like Plitvice Lakes and Lake Bled. I always like that he has detailed info on how to reach a place with the use of public transportation only - very rare for any guidebook, period. He also tells you how to avoid the crowds. We tend to agree with Rick on what is worth seeing, but there are always a few duds - this book is no exception. And sometimes I completely disagree with him - he won't include a region or city that I think is a great place to spend time.

Another thing I like with his books is that he tells you how much time he suggests spending somewhere. If I followed every one of his suggestions, we'd probably spend each night in a different city, so it's kind of ridiculous - but at the very least, it tells us how much time we need to see the worthwhile sights.

Again, I just really enjoy reading a guidebook by an author with an opinion, even if I disagree with it. So many guidebooks cover every teeny tiny little place without telling if it's worth bothering to go there!

A section of this book that I thought was exceptional was the history and background of the former Yugoslavia.
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