Jun 1, 2016 - 8:24 AM
in reply to AlanPrice
<<"As far as maps go, I always get the paper ones because they are so beautiful and they make great momentos of a fantastic trip">>
And, i find that planning walks is easier if i can spread out a map on a table and look at the route, the region, the public transport, all on the same scale.
When I first come into Zürich main station, I have list of the maps I need to buy....very few these days because I have a lot already ....and walk down the short flight of stairs from the main platform toward track 2 and into Barth Bücherei for maps.
Personally, in unfamiliar territory, I hike from 1:25,000 maps.
And, since the Wanderwege sometime climb and down hill for a scenic view, while I want to walk around the base to avoid the climb, the detail of a 1:25,000 lets me easily find paths or alternate ways, for example in the Emmental.