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Budapest guide book vs Eastern Europe guidebook

Hi gang,

I am going to Budapeat for 4 nights this summer. I was planning to just use the pages from the Eastern Europe book but then saw that the Budapeat standalone is over 500 pages! Wondering if I should get it?



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Ohhhh...500 pages would overwhelm me. I think that, if you're going for just 4 nights, you'd be fine with the Eastern Europe book you have. Two or three planned sights per day with time for just wandering'll find enough in the Eastern Europe book. On some level, too much information inhibits my planning. I've used the Eastern Europe book for two trips now and it's been just fine.

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2089 posts

I used my Rick Steves Budapest guide when I visited but removed a good 1/4" chunk of pages dealing with outlying towns I wasn't visiting...I kept them, and in May I'll be back again and will be going to some of them. So, if Budapest is the only town you're visiting the smaller Top 10 guide might be better.

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12086 posts


I used "The Rough Guide Budapest"...very readable, informative, recommendable.

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16761 posts

At 145 pages, the chapter that you have is certainly adequate. Like any of Rick's full-size city guides, the Budapest book includes more self-guided walking tour routes, a few pages on entertainment and kids, and about 150 pages on other cities. In this case, the latest editions are equally recent, based on the same research (published spring 2015).