I'm looking for a topographic or recreation atlas for Germany and/or the Alpine countries. Does such an atlas exist?
There are plenty of road atlases (ADAC, Falk, Michelin, others) in scales between 1:150k and 1:300k, but those are entirely focussed on driving a car, with little topographic information; at best they have hill shading and important rivers. Apart from some stars or circles drawn on the map and displaying some campgrounds, there is little practical information on recreation. For example, they're of little value for planning cycle touring trips.
There are topographic maps in scale 1:250k for sale at Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie. 30 sheets cover Germany, but this appears to be available only as paper sheets, not in a browsable book form. Swisstopo has excellent 1:200k overview maps as well (4 sheets cover the entire country).
I found the Topographischer Atlas Bundesrepublik Deutschland, which would satisfy my demand, but it appears to be last updated in 1977, which is rather old. There also appears to be a DVD version from 2006, advertising it includes "all 12 volumes on one DVD"; I'm not sure volumes of what, and I don't know if it's all thematic maps or also geographic/topographic maps covering the country in some detail.
There exist online services, of course, but I'm looking for a beautiful browsable offline atlas as I prefer paper maps for a variety of reasons.
What I'm looking for is either something like:
- the topografische atlas van Nederland (a Dutch topographical atlas (although for Germany it'd have to be either per state/region or in a smaller scale)), or
- the Национальный атлас России (national atlas of Russia), or
- something like the Benchmark Maps Road & Recreation Atlases in the western United States; although those aren't topographic, their maps are doing a better job showing the landscape than any European road maps/atlases I've seen and there's plenty of recreation information too.
Does something like this exist for either Germany or the Alpine Countries, preferably from the last 25 years?
I love browsing beautiful paper maps, and it could be a great inspiration for yet-undiscovered travel destinations that don't require flying halfway across the world.