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Michelin Germany/Benelux, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic Tourist and Motoring Atlas (Michelin Germany, Austria, Benelux, Switzerland, Czech Republic Atlas) Spiral-bound – February 1, 2008


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  • Series: Michelin Germany, Austria, Benelux, Switzerland, Czech Republic Atlas
  • Spiral-bound: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Michelin Travel Publications; 7th edition (February 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 206713289X
  • ISBN-13: 978-2067132894
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,984,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tom Jones on September 4, 2008
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This atlas is a great value at $16.32, but it suffers from very bad design. Here are the design failures I've experienced:

* This is actually five separate atlases jammed together into one book. Each of the five has its own scale, its own index, and--unfathomably--it's own LEGEND. The legend for Germany is different from the legend for Belgium. There are more than SIXTEEN PAGES of legends--eleven at the front, five scattered through the indexes, plus "special symbols" identified on pages XXII and XXIII.

* The only broad-scale map showing all of the atlas's area doesn't show a single road. There is no all-encompassing map connecting the roads across the five independent maps. If you're driving from one country to another, you have to flip back and forth to get any sense of the shortest route.

* There are no scales on individual pages (which is especially important as each country has its own scale). There's no way to see at a glance from the detailed page that one centimeter is equivalent to 3 kilometers in Germany or 4 kilometers in Switzerland. To make up for this, a great many road segments have a number indicating the distance in kilometers from one intersection to the next. The map is cluttered with thousands of small numbers (and perhaps crowded out the names and numbers to identify the roads).

* There's a bizarre mish-mash of conflicting color codes. Maps of Germany have green page numbers, but legends written in German are orange. Blue designates both the English language and maps of the Netherlands.

* Practically none of the secondary roads are labeled. Aside from freeways, the vast majority of the roads in the book don't have any identifying name or number!

* Borders are very subtle compared to American maps.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Chu on June 26, 2008
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According to Rick Stevens, tourist atlas needs be 1/300,000 or larger scale in order to be useful as driving guide on the road. This atlas has the right scale. I am glad I brought this atlas with me as a backup to my GPS navigator during my 2-week European driving trip in June 2008.
I had a GPS Navigator (Tomtom GO 720), which worked perfectly for the majority of the time --- I almost thought the traditional atlas was no longer needed. But in two incidence, this traditional atlas proved its value.
For the first instance, GPS suggested me to drive from Lauterbrunnen to Lugano in Switzerland via the scenic Sustenstrasse Pass. I followed the GPS for about 2 hours, then found out the Pass was closed midway. I had to back-track and rely on the atlas to reroute.
For the second instance, I was on the motorway from Salzburg to Muchen. An accident occurred (probably a mile ahead) on the motorway. After all traffic stalled on the motorway for one hour, I decided to leave the motorway. This atlas was indispensible in guiding me step-by-step through the scenic country roads to my destination. The paper and printing of the atlas are in very good quality too. It's a worthwhile investment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Jarzomb on May 11, 2008
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The maps are excellent. The only problem I have is that I was only interested in Switzerland. Therefore, I would have prefered being given the choice of only the country of my interest. I like the spiral format which allows it to lie flat and easily open 360 degrees.
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By Louise on January 4, 2013
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This book is great...filled with maps which can only help you through your next motor trip through Germany. Good price for such a book.JOOLA, Africa's Titanic: True Stories from one of the Worst Maritime Disasters in History
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Awesome detail and easy to follow as you travel along and have to flip the pages. I have been unable to find a better road atlas of Europe. One drawback is that there is no real "overview" map for route planning between countries.
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