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All Things Austria by [Kasberger, Andre]
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Length: 44 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 751 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FRGK84
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Positive:
Author clearly knows Austria well
Organized by topic
Covered items I didn't already know, such as Austria's wine production and commitment to green energy
"Reasons to Visit Austria" organized geographically, informative
Attractive photos
Good spelling, grammar, formatting

Neutral but relevant:
Very short - took me less than 1/2 hour to read

Negative:
Not professionally edited - some awkward and/or repetitive passages
Photos: not enough of them, too small to see detail on K4PC, one photo space wasted on a Vienna Starbucks!
Introduction sounded like a speech before showing home movies
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"All Things Austria" aims to be a comprehensive travel guide to the country of Austria, paying particular attention to landmarks in Salzburg and Vienna. Personal reflections and snippets of helpful information season an easy to read guide. For a basic overview, it's helpful. For serious travellers, the book comes up short on unique experiences.

The travel guide has some serious shortcomings for any tourist planning a stay in the lovely central European country. "All Things Austria" never strays away from paths heavily beaten by visitors to savour secret delights and local favourites or hotspots. When I go to a place, I want to see it how the residents do, not just as a random American or British or Australian tourist trudging between overrun points. Similarly, I look for a healthy balance of famous monuments and diamonds in the rough when assessing a guidebook.

Some of the highlights -- Schoenbrunn Palace, a UNESCO heritage site -- are expected no matter the guide, but the rest of the Vienna chapter reads like a cookie cutter list of top 10 "to dos" that shows up on almost every website or travel guide. That leaves something to be desired.

The writing style is friendly, informal, and almost a little too casual. No wading through dense patches of text lifted from the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica here! The charm is in the author's passion and interest in Austria, and the anecdotes that filter through. However, some good editing would improve the book's professional feel greatly. In places I feel like I'm reading compiled blog or web articles stuck together.

Most of the sections are complemented by bright photographs, maps, and illustrations. I'm not sure the graphic choices best suit the material.
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This book gives a good introduction to Austria for those wish to visit the country. It answered my need to know about the differences between Salzburg and Vienna, and some basic facts about the regions of the country. The overview lacks depth but gives a smattering of information about a number of topics. I would have preferred more information about interesting small towns rather than suggestions on how to pack a suitcase. I agree with some of the other reviewers that it could have used a good edit, as the kindle version features occasional garbled sentences.
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You don't need to be going to Austria to read this book!!

I really enjoyed this short travel book on Austria. Although I had no plans to visit, I thought it was worth a read to learn more about the country. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned about the Austrian Culture. It covers a wide range of topics from geography, a bit of history, way of life to travel tips. It also features all the key areas a tourist should consider for their itinerary.

It's a fast read and written in a conversational style which I liked, not dry or boring. You might need to supplement with a more detailed book if you are planning a trip and want lots of specifics. However, it seems perfect if you are trying to decide on a trip location.
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Well written with a lot of useful information about the various regions with their cuisine and customs. Author has a sense of humor that makes for an enjoyable trip planning guide.
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By MK on February 12, 2014
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Great Book! I wish it were in print! My Mother is from Austria, and I read so many familiar things! Can I put in a suggestion to the Author that he put this book in print!
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Multo biene. Ser gut (spi). Graci. Much better than any AMEXCO tour. Nice "soft" pace. Have you considered one on All Things Sarasota, Andre. . .
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Will be useful on my imminent trip to Vienna. A handy and comfortable way to access information about travel to a specific and historical city of culture.
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