How to get the most
out of our travel maps.
General Use of
Our Travel Maps
1. You can move the
map around within the frame by depressing the left mouse
button while moving your mouse in the direction of
interest on the map . In addition, the map can be
zoomed or roamed using the control bar at the top left
of the map or zoomed by double-clicking the map.
clicking any position on the map will center the map at
that location and zoom in.
3. You can view
the geographical area as a map, an aerial/satellite
image or a combination of both by choosing one of the
buttons at the top right of the map screen. Some areas
have higher resolution images than others, allowing you
to see more detail.
The order of the names on the right hand edge
of the map page is usually alphabetical.
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Our Travel Maps
7. These maps
are for preliminary travel planning, such as determining
the locations of the destinations we recommend and the
road distances between them. We find the routing
feature most useful for estimating the travel time
- When you click on the names of the Best Places
to Visit, which are shown in the panel to right of
the map -or on any of the symbols shown on the map a "routing window" will
pop open at the location of the feature on the map.
- In most cases, you will be able to route
between these locations and all other
places named on the map.
- In some case, if the map lacks detail
and no roads connect to a feature shown on
the map, you will not be able to route to
it*. In most cases, we have moved our
points to allow you to route as close to the
attraction as possible.
- You can usually route between cities
featured on our maps and any other city in
Europe. If you are going to travel between
Berlin and Brussels, you could calculate the
trip using either our Germany or Belgium maps.
In other words, the places you want to route
between do not have to be on the same map.
- You can create a route between any of the towns
shown in the panel on the right of the map and any
other place named on the map. After you open the
routing window by clicking on one of our recommended
Best Places to Visit, just select whether you want
to route to or from the symbolized town and enter
the the place name of the town you will travel from
or to, followed by the country name (e.g. Dublin,
Ireland). In several cases, we have named a
location that is not shown on the map (although it
does exist where we have shown it). In some
cases these types of locations may be routed to or
from only by using the box that opens when you click
the locations symbol.
- When you create a route, you will be handed over
to the Google routing site and will need to close
that page or select the ThereArePlaces tab (if you
are using a tabbed browser) to return to our site.
- You can only route to or from the cities
included in the right had bar on the map page,
but you should be able to route between these
"Best Places to Visit" and any other
location shown on the map.
- Google has a new feature that lets you
"grab" a section of a route with your mouse and
move it to some other location on the map, in
case you would prefer your route to go through
some location not originally included. Try it.
- Routes may not process because the town name
has been misspelled . In this case, you will be
returned to the Google Map home page and
presented a message that the location could not
be found. In other cases, the name may be
ambiguous and require further input from you
(e.g. there may be several places with the same
name and you will need to select the town you
are interested in from a list, provided by
Google, of similarly named places in various
areas of a country).
- You can only partially route to or from
specific addresses on this map. For each of our
cities, you can only route to the point that we
selected to represent the city. If you want to
route between specific addresses, say the addresses
of hotels in two cities, you will need to go to the
Google map site to produce a suitable route.
- In order to create the maps used on
ThereArePlaces, we selected a point within each
town or feature that would be used to represent
that place on the map. The points that we
selected represent the center of the city, the
center of the tourist area, or the general
location of a feature, but do not correspond
to street addresses. In some cases, you will
notice that we do not take you into the city,
but stop nearby. In these cases, we have
usually selected a point that locates or is
near the parking area for the local attraction.
* The Google map of Ireland does not provide
significant road detail (levels of roads, names or route
numbers) to route to all of the locations we display.
Hopefully this will change in the future.
As noted previously, the maps and directions are
provide by Google. Google presents this note with the
routes that it provides and they apply to the maps and
routes that appear on this site as well, "These
directions are for planning purposes only. You may find
that construction projects, traffic, or other events may
cause road conditions to differ from the map results."
The base map design, content and data are © Google
and its suppliers. The selection of places and other
aspects of the information on the map pages are ©
or its suppliers.