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Old 07-10-08, 12:52 AM
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Czech Republic - Excellent online map resource

For those of you planning a trip to the Czech Republic, I've found a great resource online for showing bike trails that I've been using for the last few weeks. Try www.mapy.cz - this site is in Czech, so here is what you need to do:

For road map with bike trail overlays: Click 'Turistická' at the top left, and then click the 'Cyklostezky' check box that appears below.

For a satellite map with bike trail overlays: Click 'Fotomapa' at the top left, and then click the 'Cyklostezky' check box. If you want road names overlaid as well, click the 'Popisy' check box.

The trick here is you need to keep the zoom bar slider in the top 2nd quarter, if you are zoomed too far in or out the purple trail overlays disappear. (I'm not sure why its implemented this way)

Unfortunately there is no option for navigating via bike trail at this time.

Other benefits are that the satellite images used are much more detailed than google maps and the road network is more up to date.

While we're on the subject, does anyone else have online resources like this for other countries that use interactive maps?

Anyway, I hope this helps some people out!
Colin

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Old 07-15-08, 08:17 AM
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Even better!

I just found an even better site, try this out:

https://amapy.atlas.cz/

There are two big advantages of this site over the one I posted previously:

1) This site lets you zoom all the way in to see exactly which roads the trails follow (note you must click the 'Zakladani' button on the top right. For some reason the zoom is limited in the 'Turisticka' mode"

2) If you switch to 'Turisticka' mode it will show you local land marks, and campgrounds! Note: the ability to zoom in/out very far is more limited than in 'Zakladani' so you wont be able to see street names.

Don't forget to click the little bicycle icon so that the trails show up. Clicking on the footprint button shows you hiking trails as well.

Unfortunately there is still no route planner via bicycle, but this is probably the best biking resource I've found for the CZ so far.

Other nice stuff:
- If you click on 'Nastroje' then 'Mereni Vzdalenosti' you can click points along a route and it will provide the straight line distants (unfortunately this will not follow roads, but it will give you a ballpark estimate)
- If you click on 'Nastroje' then 'Souradnice GPS' and click on a point on the map it will give you its GPS position.

Colin

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