City Maps: The perfect City Break Companion

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Have you ever been on a city break in a foreign country and wanted to search google maps on your phone but didn’t want to incur data roaming charges? Then City Maps is just what you need.

Map ExampleSilverdex have created a suite of offline maps that you can download on to a windows phone device.  You do not need a data connection to view the map so it can be used abroad without experiencing additional charges and can be used where there is no signal.

The apps allow you to zoom in on the maps to street level where you will find points of interest like restaurants, clubs, bars, shops, ATM machines, hotels, rail stations, etc.  Ideal if you are in an unfamiliar city and want to know what is around you, or simply want to familiarize yourself with a place before you go there.

There is also a feature that uses the GPS to identify where you are and allows you to track your location as you travel through the city.  The maps are searchable so you can locate roads or specific points of interest as demonstrated in the video.

Microsoft Tag for City MapsThe maps have been generated using the free open map source OpenStreetMap so if you find that your favourite restaurant is not listed on the map, you can go to their website, create an account, and add it yourself.

Facebook Page: Windows Phone City Maps

City Maps is currently available for the following cities:
London, Cambridge, Oxford, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bath, York, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Sheffield, Bristol, Belfast, Dublin, Lisbon, Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Seville, Paris, Lyon, Cannes, Nice, Marseille, Bordeaux, Monte Carlo, Geneva, Zurich, Turin, Milan, Florence, Venice, Rome, Naples, Brussels, Bruges, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Prague, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, Wroclaw, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade, Athens, Thessaloniki, Tallin, Riga, Vilnius, Kaunas, Kiev, Bucharest, Sofia, Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Copenhagen, Oslo, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Helsinki, Vancover, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Anchorage, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Memphis, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, Honolulu, New Orleans, Washington DC, Mexico City, Panama, Havana, Sau Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, Casablanca, Marrakesh, Cape Town, Jerusalem, Damascus, Dubai, Jaipur, Dehli, Agra, Varanasi, Hyderbad, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Yangon, Bangkok, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Xian, Taipei, Seoul, Tokyo, Yokohama, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Wellington, and Auckland.