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Hi i am a newbie and am in the process of planning my first ever bike trip to Germany please could anyone tell me possibly the best maps to get with side roads ect.. on with as much detail as poss i was told philipps are good maps is this correct ??? and please i dont want a gps i want to learn my son map reading whilst on route.
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Michelin maps are excellent, various scales and areas to choose from..
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Try Freytag & Berndt they're German and make great maps. I've been using their map of Scandinavia for a few years now and it's lasted well. Great detail. I'm sure they'll do a good map of the Fatherland.
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The ADAC (German version of the AA, yellow on blue logo) do some excellent maps covering the whole of Europe. Also check with the tourist office as very often there's biker-specific maps with great routes and circuits.

Remember that it's illegal to filter in Germany, expect people to actively block your way if you try to do this.

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+1 for the michelin maps..

I used these when I went round a few european countries and followed as many of the roads that have green highlighting alongside (these are the scenic parts) and it made the trip 100x more enjoyable

I got the germany, benelux, austria, switzerland czeck republic tourist and motoring atlas; Here's the 2006 version.. Amazon.com: Germany Atlas 2006 (Michelin Tourist & Motoring Atlases) (9782067116894): Books

This great thing about this was it had a ring comb binding, so you can simply pull out the page you need and keep it in the map pocket of the tanks bag etc, while the rest of the book is safe and dry in the panniers

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Map's Verses GPS is the nub of the question. Also learning a skill of map reading is not a skill to be sneezed at. I've done a lot of travelling and map's on a whole are I find are more or less the same. It's the scale of map you are going to use. The larger scale is going to give you bigger cover and a smaller map to carry. I find an A4 size map book is a good size to play with. As what usually happens is you plan your route the night before. Then write the road number's out and distance's between each junction. A GPS is a good thing to have to get you from your over night stop on to the road you need to be on, to start your journey. And if you see something off the beaten track. You can go and explore and the GPS will bring you back to where you need to be to carry on your journey.

Each one is good to be used with-in it's own limitation's.

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