DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Eastern and Central Europe Paperback – Mar 19 2012
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That said, carrying this specific book on a tour of multiple countries is very handy. While other books will supply more detail about individual cities and countries, this is the only book I would carry with me on the trip. Guidebooks are HEAVY and to carry multiple books adds a lot of weight to my backpack. In my case, I read other books before I go on a trip and make notes in this guide for extra places that I want to see. That way, I only carry one book, and this is the one.
Only one complaint about the "Eyewitness" series: because of the number of high quality photographs, these books must be printed on heavier paper and there is no other way of producing the quality. I use this tome on the trip and others that are more detailed before and after the trip. I will stick with DK.
I've loved other books in this series (France, Italy, Croatia, and Slovenia). I especially love the sections on the food and culture of each country and the cut-out graphics for main attractions like castles, cathedrals, and museums.
In this book, the food and culture section is limited to a paragraph per country.
There are a few cut-out graphics for main attractions, but many other main attractions are completely omitted. In Poland, for example, there is no mention of the Wieliczka Salt Mine. In Vienna, there is no mention of Schonbrunn Palace -- the entire Vienna chapter is just 10 pages in a 672-page book!
I hope the Hungary and Czech Republic chapters are better, but so far I am getting much better information about my trip from TripAdvisor and Rick Steves than from this publication.