Links to Online Maps below.
Needing a little orientation? Well the best map of
Berlin that this editor has ever used is not online! believe it or not,
but in paper form from the Falk
Verlag (Publishing Company). The map is used by most every
new Berlin resident for the first two years and long term locals have
at least one copy in their car or at home. So the tourist will blend
in better with the crowds.
These little ingenious folding maps must have been designed by mathemetician
oragami masters, because their system is nothing less than ideal for
tourists who do not want to blatently look like tourists. Falk makes
the maps for most every major city on the planet (I have a growing collection
of 30 myself). They allow you top look like you are discretely reading
a book, when in fact you have the entire city at your disposal, with
the flexibility of jumping from any point to any other point without
unfolding into the laps of your neighbors.
They provide an entire index of streets and points of interest, as well
as brief historical facts on all major sites in the city. They even
provide the public transport network and a list of emergency numbers.
Unfortunately, these maps are rather hard to locate outside of Germany.
But once you arrive in Germany, you can find them in almost every kiosk
or newspaper stand in the airport and train stations. In the US you
can order them from OmniMap.
Otherwise you can get some online orientation help here:
offers what is probably the best street map of Berlin and most any major
city in Germany.Unfortunately it is only in German. But to use it simply
enter "Berlin" in the field under the word Ort (meaning
literally place or in this case city), and then the street address in
the field under the word Straße oder Objekt/Ortsteil.
You might get several listings, in which case it gets a little tricky
and helps to have the postal code for that area, which you enter in
the field PLZ (Postleitzahl).
which offers a radical and dynamic zoom-in view with 3-D perspectives.
Totally cool, but also in German. Here the same translations apply:
Straße = street address, Ort = City, PLZ = postal code.
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