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Book reviews

We are finding and reading travel guides and books about Austria. Check out our travel book reviews and start planning your trips – or simply dream away.

Smartphones, Wi-Fi and GPS have made it easier to plan our travels. Nevertheless, a travel guide in book form is not yet complete obsolete. A travel guide is always a smart investment, both before you go out and during the trip.

Moreover, it may be a good idea, especially travelling off the beaten track, to make yourself less dependent on access to the internet or on battery life. Guidebooks are, we think, an important part of the journey when you go out and explore new destinations. We are therefore trying to find different types of travel guides and providing you with good book recommendations and reviews.

Austria – Lonely Planet

If you need a thorough travel guide to Austria, that shows the way to the most famous and some slightly less famous destinations and sights, the Lonely Planet travel guide book works very well.

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Pocket Vienna - Lonely Planet - Travel guide book reviews from Travel to Austria

Pocket Vienna – Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet’s travel guides are user-friendly and well-made. In their Pocket Vienna edition the authors present short but good information, about the most famous places and sights in Austria’s capitol.

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book review, Vienna Pocket Guide – Insight Guides, Austria

Vienna Pocket Guide – Insight Guides

Vienna is a must for publishers who make travel guides. Insight Guides has managed to fill a 144-page pocket guide with good and easy-to-understand information about the imperial city. Sometimes there is even room to go a little in depth.

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    Schafbergbahn steam train – Railway to heaven

    Already in the 19th century the tourists wanted to get up on mountain peaks, in a more comfortable manner than to hiking or climbing. Therefore, cog railway tracks were built several places in the Alps, where narrow track steam trains to this day ferry people up and down the mountains. The 5.8-kilometre-long trip up Schafberg […]

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  • Murauen, Styria, Austria

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    Hiking in the Murauen along the banks of the Mur

    We are not in the tropics but in southern Austria where the river Mur forms part of the border with Slovenia. This landscape, a combination of floodplains and forest is very unlike what we expect from mostly alpine Austria. Nonetheless, we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived. Austria’s second largest river landscape The river Mur […]

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  • Slow travel in Southern Burgenland, Austria

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    Slow travel in Southern Burgenland

    Southern Burgenland does not feature the same dramatic landscapes as the rest of Austria, where the Alps dominate. This in no way detracts from the region’s charm. Furthermore, the mixture of oak and beech forests, rolling hills and open cultural landscapes as well as a unique culture makes this part of Austria an interesting destination. […]

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  • Melk Abbey, Lower Austria

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    The captivating splendour of Melk Abbey

    The small-town of Melk by the Danube receives tens of thousands of visitors each year who come to see the huge Melk Abbey. Regardless of whether you arrive at Melk Abbey by land or water, you cannot avoid being mightily impressed by the grande splendour of the monestary. 1000-year history Melk was for the first […]

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  • Mauterndorf Castle, Salzburgerland, Austria

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    Medieval adventures at Mauterndorf Castle

    The castle in Mauterndorf is not to be overlooked as it is located on a mountain cliff at the edge of the village. There has been a fortification on the site since 326 A.D. guarding the Roman trade route crossing the Tauern mountain pass. However, the castle itself is first mentioned in written records from […]

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