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Redesigned and dumbed down
am 10. November 2012
If you remember the lonely planet as a reliable source of travel facts, you are in for a nasty surprise. This guide book has been redesigned. That means it's now full color and with lot's of "inspirational photos". It's also less organized, with fewer useful details and unreliable.
For example, as an "iconic sight", the temple mount in Jerusalem, gets a nifty-looking 3D map, which is not very useful in practice. On the other hand, the book fails to mention an essential fact: one needs an ID to be admitted to the temple mount. This is the kind of fact, one typically finds out after waiting in line for half an hour - it is completely incomprehensible to me why it is not in the book. Moreover, the lonely planet got the opening days wrong: the temple mount is closed on Saturdays! In the past you recognized lonely planet readers because they arrived at their destination with a minimum of hassle - now you recognize them because they queue at the temple mount on Saturday mornings (I saw at least 20 others when it happened to me!). And these are just the issues I found about the temple mount, the main sight in the Jerusalem (lonely planet's estimation not mine).
Even if the facts are correct, the new design makes it unnecessary hard to find them. Why is the main table of content on page 38, why are the maps and the legends on different pages, why are facts about the border crossing distributed over 3 locations, ...?
The book is still usable, but the time when lonely planet guides were better than others seem to be over. I'm very disappointed: one star!