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by Mara Vorhees
Staggeringly diverse in every way, Europes flip side remains a through-the-looking glass experience after the certainties of the West. Surreal, exciting and dramatic, head to Eastern Europe for a guaranteed adventure. Tom Masters, Lonely Planet Write
Paperback, 1060 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Lonely Planet
(first published February 2001)
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My husband and I took a motorcycle trip through Eastern Europe in September 2008, for four weeks, and this book was absolutely essential. It was fantastic for recommending things to see, giving us a background about a country to make our experience meaningful, and giving us a heads up about important specifics (like that your hotel takes your passport and notifies the police that you are staying with them). I absolutely recommend it if you are looking to a guide to the area, no matter how you ar ...more
We had a 3 week trip in Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary. The book is quite helpful; yet not complete. We had some terrible experiences in some hotels and places they recommended. It was as if some authors had good deals with the owners and exaggerated his opinions in the book. I felt as if they had to give more details about the transport such as "warning" or "watch out", which was extremely poor in Romania. I also found lots of personal opinions which is OK because this is what LP is! However, ju ...more
Jun 21, 2008 Marte Patel rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: travellers in Eastern Europe
Lonely Planet guidebooks make very useful travelling companions - they don't have many colour photos or as much information about the sights, but they work really well as a sort of Yellow Pages of each place. This one came in real handy as we travelled through the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia, alternately looking for bars, restaurants, post offices, Internet cafes, public facilities, you name it. Recommended!
This book has brief overviews of 21 countries in Eastern Europe especially for smaller cities it is a little short on specifics and doesn’t have a huge overview on the bigger cities. I bought it because I was going to 4 countries in Eastern Europe and didn’t want to buy 4 guidebooks. It served it’s purposes.