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Maps of Berlin
Most major travel and map publishers produce Berlin city maps in various shapes and sizes. By far and away the most practical are the clever folding maps from German mapmaker Falk - their patented system makes it easy to use the map like a book, saving both tourist and seasoned Berliner alike from having to deal with a large flapping traditional-style spreadable map.
Visitors should note that Berlin's topography is still in flux, and maps can become quickly outdated. We recommend buying a traditional spread map for planning your trip and picking up a Falk map when you arrive - they're available everywhere.
Map / Simulator Software
If you've ever used Google Earth, you'll like 3D Reality Maps' three dimensional map of Berlin - a software DVD like a flight simulator with photo-realistic scenery which allows you to explore the city and get a feel for how it fits together from the comfort of your own PC. It costs €49.95 and is available in German and English language versions; you'll need a fairly recent PC with Windows 2000 / XP.