One of the best ways to get started when you’re planning a trip somewhere is to look at a map – and that’s even more true when the country you’re visiting is big. Germany takes up a huge part of Western Europe, and getting a handle on its geography by consulting a map of Germany during the trip planning stage is a must.
The map above is a good start to help you see where various cities are in relation to one another, but eventually you’ll need to get a more detailed map you can hold in your hands. This is especially critical if you’ll be driving in Germany, when even a map showing the whole country on one page may not be detailed enough. Thankfully, the map experts at Michelin produce not just a Germany map (which is lumped in with a few other countries for good measure), but also regional maps of the country – if you’ll be driving, pick up the regional maps for the parts of Germany you’re driving in. You’ll thank us later.
- Folding Michelin Map of Germany/Austria/Benelux/Czech Republic – on Amazon for $11.95
- Atlas-style Michelin Map of Germany/Austria/Benelux/Switzerland – on Amazon for $18.00
- Rick Steves’ Germany Map – on Amazon for $17.70
- Regional Michelin maps:
If you’ve got an iPhone that you plan to use in Germany (and that won’t cost you a fortune in roaming charges), you can also get some iPhone apps that have Germany maps – although it’s still a good idea to have a paper map with you, just in case the battery runs out.
- Germany: Offline map with directU (free) on iTunes App Store
- Sygic Central Europe: GPS Navigation with TomTom maps ($37.99) on iTunes App Store
- Sygic D-A-CH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland): GPS Navigation with TomTom maps ($24.99) on iTunes App Store
- Navmii GPS Live Germany ($4.99) on iTunes App Store
- VectorMaps Germany ($1.99) on iTunes App Store
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