Map reading

Map reading

Useful aids that make map reading easy. The leaflets "Map reading" and "Conventional signs" offer interesting facts for national map users and lessons.

All you need to know about map reading

The leaflet "Map reading" contains comprehensive information for reading and using national maps in Switzerland.

  • Many useful and practical tips for using the regional map when off-road and for preparing hikes.
  • Interesting background information on how maps are made.


The leaflet "Conventional signs" explains the symbols of the topographic maps at the scales 1:10'000 to 1:1 Million.

  • Shows all signs and symbols that are required for reading maps correctly.


These documents may be downloaded as PDF files.
The print version (leaflets A5) is only available in German, French and Italian.

Order by E-mail: mapsales@swisstopo.ch

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