I’m not a big fan of guide books. The fact that you have to carry them around, while you have all these great (free) apps that do the same, it doesn’t make sense to me. I have to admit that the only reason I bought Viction:ary’s CITIx60 guide book is because it looked so pretty. (Yes, I am this shallow.) What I didn’t know is that I accidently bought one of the best guide books I’ve ever had. Curious to know why? Take a look.
A unique collaboration with local creatives from selected cities, each CITIx60 guide points you to 60 hangouts loved by 60 stars of the cities’ creative scene, covering architecture, art spaces, shops and markets, eating and entertainment. All featured artists and designers are at the cutting edge of what’s on and when, and known for their accomplishments in fields across advertising, architecture and graphics, fashion, industry and food, music and publishing.
Sounds promising, doesn’t it?
The CITIx60 guide book comes in a series with 6 destinations: Paris, New York, London, Barcelona, Tokyo and Berlin. I bought the Berlin version because I know the city so well. If this book could give me some new tips, it would already do more than the regular guide books you can find in the book shops. And it did!
Too cute to handle
When the postman came, I sprinted to the door! After drooling over these books for weeks, I finally had one! While ripping the envelope open I had to restrain myself from squealing. It’s so cute!
First of all, the guide book is quite small. Finally somebody understands I don’t want to be walking around with a bulky, encyclopedia-like book that says ‘ come and mug me now, I look like a bloody tourist.’ And the guide book’s cover is actually a city map too, what a great idea!
Hidden gems and great cartoons
Then I checked the information inside. My problem with regular guide books is the fact that they don’t give out any creative tips, but just the ones I found on the internet already. It’s nice to know you should visit the Brandenburger Tor when in Berlin, but you don’t have to spell it out for me. This book is different. Most of the tips I got were completely new to me, if not they were chosen by a genius (or 60 for that matter). What great finds! From historical sights to shopping options, I want to do them all! My favorite? Teufelberg! A part of the Grunewald forest that houses strange buildings with interesting stories.
If you haven’t been to Berlin yet, the CITIx60 guide book will help you get around the city and find some true hidden gems on the way. For first timers, our creatives have done a few pages on what to expect, drawn in cute cartoons.
It’s definitely different from what I’m used to and I must say I am pleasantly surprised by this guide book. The only problem I have with it is that it only comes in 6 variations. I would love to see a CITIx60 on Bucharest or another Eastern European city (Viction:ary: if you need help, count me in!), but I’m sure this was just the first, awesome, part of this series. You can buy the Viction:ary Citix60 guide books for $9,95 on Amazon*.
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