How to get the most out of
our travel maps.
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.
2. Doubling clicking
any position on
the map will center the map at that location (this makes it
easier to locate the center of the area you would like to
see magnified when using the "increase scale tool" on the
upper left of the map).
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
The order of the
names on the right hand edge of the map page is
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Using Our Travel Maps
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
You can only
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.
- 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 blue symbols
shown on the map with a white "i", 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
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
- 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).
- 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.
- 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).
- 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
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 ©
ThereArePlaces or its suppliers.