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Good Map of Europe - Touring

  • 29-08-2010 1:06pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,839 ✭✭✭

    Can anyone recommend a map that would give me a comprehensive lowdown on roads in Europe? Looking to go touring there for a few months, soon enough. Want it to cover all of Western Europe as far as Poland, will this mean having to get a few different maps or does anyone know of one single map that would suffice?
    Thanks in advance.


  • Registered Users Posts: 795 ✭✭✭tawfeeredux

    A single map that covers that sort of area will never give you a comprehensive lowdown on roads. It may give you the motorways & main arteries, but if you want something that gives you the secondary or tertiary roads, you'll need regional maps.

    Something like the Michelin Regional series (1cm=2km) are ideal for touring. I've just used the France series, but I'm pretty sure they do the same scale maps for most Western European countries.

    Another possibility would be to get an atlas, the AA, Collins & others do these, though I'm not sure what scale they are & they can be a bit cumbersome. Great thing about the regional maps is that you can post them home as you move on to the next region.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators, Regional South East Moderators Posts: 11,391 Mod ✭✭✭✭Captain Havoc

    +1 on the regional maps, these are what I used in France.

    Walking Tours of Kilkenny in English, French or German.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,440 ✭✭✭cdaly_

    I was using an AA road atlas in France. Shows every road but too heavy to bring about. I scanned the relevant pages and brought printouts to carry on the bike...

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,839 ✭✭✭zico10

    Thanks for replies guys. Figured I was hoping for a bit much to get such a comprehensive map of Europe. Will pick up a Michelin map of France before I go so and get maps for the other countries when I get there.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 252 ✭✭markcroninbsc

    you could download trekbuddy to your phone and then create maps using mobile atlas creator. not sure if it'll download on all phones. i've got it on a blackberry and its fairly good as it doesnt use the network to download the maps they're stored on the phone. if youve got gps on the phone it'll show your current location too.

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