Ce commentaire concerne bien la version kindle du guide. En effet, elle s’avère presque impossible à utiliser en voyage car il s’avère particulièrement fastidieux de la feuilleter. Vous pouvez bien sauter d’une section à une autre mais au sein de la même région, difficile de s’y retrouver. Par exemple, lorsque vous avez repéré un restaurant qui vous plait à Salzbourg, il faut revenir au début de la section pour trouver une intro puis la carte (divisée en 9 pages et donc totalement illisible) et arriver au numéro sensée matérialiser votre restaurant sur la carte ! En gros, vous venez de passer 10 minutes à essayer de savoir où se trouve un seul restaurant et vous aller devoir faire de même pour les autres (ou, seul point positif) faire travailler votre mémoire pour vous souvenir par cœur des restaurants qui vous intéressent et tenter de les trouver sur la carte. Bien entendu, tout est à l’avenant : sites historiques, hôtels et bars. En bref, on a fini par acheter le guide papier !
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Excellent Guidebook12 janvier 2000
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I went to Austria on a trip sponsored by my school's German department, and I brought this book along with me. I knew more than our tour guide about many things in Austria, and left with a real appreciation of Austrian (and German) customs. I highly recommend this book.
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Austria the beautiful8 mars 2005
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"Lonely Planet Austria" by Mark Honan is a very good choice if you want to go to Austria.
My strongest recommendation (that is obviously true regarding every trip) is not only to read the book as extensively as possible before hitting the road, but also to take the time and sum up all the facts in an easy access manner. You have to realize in advance that this book aims exactly at providing you - the serious traveler - the best and most accurate information - and you will have to invest your energy to become well informed. The entire country is covered and almost all the major cities and towns reports include detailed maps.
The grandeur of Vienna -
What a beautiful city. It's almost beyond words. The magnificent buildings and churches, the museums, the opera houses and the residents...it seems like a dream to live in such a setting. The book does a great job in mentioning the best places to see and it even gave me the idea to go to the opera a decision that turned out to be one of the highlights of the entire trip; it pointed out the fact that opera is not as expensive as people might think - and in Austria anyone can afford it. The language is German but the music speaks all languages; imagine a stage occupied by a choral group of 80 singers, 60 instruments performers and 10 male and female soloists - and all of them are there to give you a few of the best hours of your life. A show not to be forgotten, I can assure you.
Bear in mind that Vienna has one of the best public transportation systems you can find; it's like having your own limousine at 5 Euros per day! A tram stops at a given station almost every 30 seconds, the subway (U-Bahn) will get you anywhere in no time and the local buses complete the comprehensive coverage of the city.
My advice for you, if you have the time on your hands, is to get lost in the city for a few hours. Forget about the maps and plans and just see what the city has to offer - by surprise. It can be quite an experience - and when you want to return to your hotel just jump on the closest U-Bahn or tram. No matter where, people will be delighted to help you to find your way, and more than once when I needed information people did their best to give me guidelines and explanations.
It should be noted that the Vienna map the book provides is good for locating places it recommends but not so much for getting around while there. Good maps can be found in the hotels and I would also suggest the B & B Vienna laminated map.
Other places that worth a visit -
Salzburg is the second city that is famous around the world when it comes to Austria. The city in which Mozart was born in is situated in a lovely and ideal area and is a great choice to for having a day tour and spending time in the evenings (after exploring the vicinity that includes some of the most dazzling places in the country.
Sixty kilometers (38 miles) south east of Salzburg, built on the shore of a lake and on the Alpine slopes lies Hallstatt, a village that bears one of the most striking outlooks I've ever seen; the surrounding area is so fantastic that I've had the feeling that I'd come to heaven. Just walk or drive around to get a new perception on beauty.
Graz is a wonderful city in the south east part of the country; it has a lot to offer when it comes to traveling around and celebrating in the nights, and in addition is a recommended gateway for exploring the surrounding countryside.
Austria has some amazing down-hill ski (or alpine skiing) sites for all levels of expertise. The guide gives some information on selected locations - but you should seek out more sources if your aim is a ski vacation. The best I can offer is to use the phone (numbers are given all over the book) and ask about prices, instructors and equipment for the most precise info. Myself, I've been to Kitzbuel and I can't forget how beautiful it was. You should also remember that in the winter there are cross-country ski possibilities all over the Austrian Alpines and they serve as a great way to see the country in a somewhat different manner.
The trip in Austria has risen beyond my expectations in each and every parameter I can think of. If you wish to experience a close to perfect vacation - Austria is the place and "Lonely Planet Austria" is the guide. Lastly, remember the axiom - "the west you go the higher the prices get" - and Austria is in the eastern side of western Europe - which means accordingly that prices are lower compared to countries like France, The Netherlands and The U.K., a fact that is all the more encouraging...
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Needs more guidance and priortization; also missed info7 juin 2005
Liam H Dooley
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I just returned from a brief trip to Austria. Lonely Planet is a reliable guide, but it has many problems some of which have been discussed already. I agree that it is a bit too oriented towards backpackers, wanderers, and poor students. This is not bad, because some guides such as the Guide Vert don't even acknowledge hostels it seems.
The LP notably missed the number of organized tours that were available, in English, from Salzburg. I was able to go to Berchtesgaden/Eagles Nest on a guided tour. There are also the Ice Caves. These tours significantly reduced my level of effort and organization required.
The other problem is that with few pictures (not a terrible thing given limited space) it is hard to have a good sense of where you want to go and what you should prioritize. For example, how does an Alpine castle in Austria compare to one in Germany or France? "Best in Europe" is a useful description you don't find; "Best in Austria" is not especially useful given that Austria is not the largest country in Europe, and one is more likely than not to be passing through Austria between Italy, Germany, and France rather than spending weeks there.
In the case of Vienna, I found that there were some significant museums and sites that were missing; such as the arsenal or the German flak towers. However, they did have most of the important sites and if you only have a day or two that's fine.
The LP books consistently have more descriptions and destinations for any mainstream books. If you want that "hidden treasure" you need to get a regional/local book, usually in the local language.
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Less than Informative17 mai 2005
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I have used Lonely Planet Guides in the past and have been pleased with the information they provided. This iteration, however, leaves much to be desired. I use the guides to point out the "obvious" places that should not be missed, and "secret" places that are off the beaten path that the writers share with their readers. I found this book lacking in both instances. Vacations are never long enough, and as such, they require research and a seasoned guide to separate the worthwhile sights from the rest. After reading this guide, I was not much better off than before I started. Further, I found the guide is written for a backpacker mentality; fine for them, but not for me. Way too much time and space was devoted to finding one's way via public transport, and where to find the next hostel. I am well beyond that. I recently received the latest Fodor's and Frommer guides for Austria, and in one chapter, I was miles ahead with either guide over where LP left me. LP was extremely helpful for my travels to Australia and Belgium. This edition was rather disappointing.
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Did the author ever venture into the 'out-back of Austria'?11 février 2003
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I've been to Austria COUNTLESS times and have been to all corners and nearly every valley in Austria...I bought this book with the hope that it might help to discover something new....and of course to check on the information on places I have been and been impressed by..... this book is seriously lacking in place to stay and eat in the countryside. It misses out on some of the very lovely and amazing Austrian accommodations and places to eat..either food , ambiance OR location(view).... Bummer...please get a new author lonely planet you really alwyas do a good job.