Lonely Planet Eastern Europe (Lonely Planet Travel Guide) ペーパーバック – 2017/10/17
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Lonely Planet Eastern Europe is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Spend lazy days island-hopping along the Adriatic Coast in Croatia, immerse yourself in modern history in Moscow's Red Square, or stroll through Prague's perfectly preserved Old Town; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Eastern Europe and begin your journey now!
Inside Lonely Planet's Eastern Europe Travel Guide:
- Colour maps and images throughout
- Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
- Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
- Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
- Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
- Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including history, art, literature, cinema, music, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine
- Over 80 maps
- Covers Albania, Belarus, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and more
The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Eastern Europe, our most comprehensive guide to Eastern Europe, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.
Looking for a guide focused on Croatia, Montenegro or Russia? Check out Lonely Planet's Croatia, Montenegro and Russia guides for a comprehensive look at all these countries have to offer.
About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and phrasebooks for 120 languages, and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more, enabling you to explore every day. Lonely Planet enables the curious to experience the world fully and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves, near or far from home.
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The first thing that struck me was how slim it is. I had recently bought Lonely Planet's Southeast Asia on a Shoestring (2016), which dedicates over 970 pages to 11 countries. This book has about 480 pages for 21 countries. So roughly half the number of pages for about twice as many countries. I compared the coverage of Russia, the largest country in the world, with the other book's coverage of Singapore, a tiny city-state. Russia got 25 pages; Singapore had 33.
There is a jarring disjunct between the labelled maps and the sights described in the text. For just one example, the entry on Kyiv describes a grand total of 5 sights under 4 headings (p. 413). Kyevo-Pecherska Lavra, St. Sophia's Cathedral, and Maidan Nezalezhnosti each get a single paragraph, while another is split between Andriyivsky Uzviz and St. Andrew's Church. Meanwhile, the map of central Kyiv (pp. 416–417) and its key (p. 418) show 9 marked sights. Five of these — The Bulgokov Museum, Desyatynna Church Ruins, Museum of One Street, National Museum of Ukrainian History, and Peyzazhna Alleya — get absolutely no description. This book cannot stand on its own. Almost anything in here that interests you must be supplemented by information found elsewhere.
There are other weird choices. The introduction to Albania (p. 42) has an oddly vicious tone: "So backward was Albania when it emerged blinking into the bright light of freedom that it needed two decades just to catch up with the rest of Eastern Europe." Yikes. The map of Croatia (p. 110–111) would be helped by the addition of ferry routes, since the country's coast is an archipelago. I don't know what typographical gremlin is responsible for the spacing disaster on the key to Tallinn's map (p. 167), but it should have been exorcised before going to print. And although published at the end of 2017, the authors seem unaware of AirBnb. I know that some European cities are fiercely opposed to the platform, and some tourists avoid using it in those places — I don't know what the situation is in any of the cities described here. I appreciate the handful of hostels and hotels listed for each location, but I fear that the company whose finger was once firmly on the young traveler's pulse has put on some very thick mittens.
One final gripe: the Amazon description touts "Colour maps and images throughout." Not exactly. As is common with Lonely Planet guides, all of the photos are found in the book's very first section, and the maps are "colour" only in the most technical of terms. They're blue. After page 40, blue and black are the only inks used. I don't mind this at all — it's typical of many guide books — but the description on the site is misleading.
This book would make a good gift for a luddite looking for a superficial glance at a bunch of cool places, but for the rest of us, a few cursory online searches will turn up more information for a much lower cost. I really wanted to love this book, and I feel guilty leaving such a harsh review, but I waited for it for months, and it is so frustrating as to be almost useless.