Cartography companies such as Collins, Michelin and the Automobile Association publish annual road atlases of Europe. These books typically include maps of the entire continent as well as individual maps of each country, often detailing more populous cities with inset charts.Continue Reading
The Collins Europe Handy Road Atlas is printed in a smaller A5 paper format than the Michelin or Automobile Association atlases, each page measuring approximately 6.4 inches wide by 8.6 inches tall. It is 180 pages long and bound with a spiral backing to open fully. The volume features several types of map scales. The European overview map is at a scale of roughly 34 miles per inch, with major highways highlighted. Each country map offers a brief fact file and road maps at a scale of approximately 11 miles per inch.
In contrast, the Michelin 2015 European atlas is printed larger, at 8.3 inches wide by 11.7 inches tall per page. In addition to political and terrain maps of the continent, the book, at 348 pages, also details the roadways of 40 countries. It provides local driving regulations as well as distance and time charts between major destinations. The scales for the maps range from 1:500,000 to 1:3,000,000.
The Automobile Association's 2015 offering, similarly sized to Michelin's atlas, runs 360 pages. Its map scales are 14.2 miles per inch, covering the majority of the countries of Europe as well as 33 city charts.Learn more about Maps & Cartography