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Best app for offline maps?

We'll be in Amsterdam, Munich, Venice, and Rome. I don't intend on using any data or buying an international phone plan so if anyone has any suggestions of quality map apps for in iPhone that will help us navigate these cities it would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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"City Maps 2 Go" is my favorite and works while my iPhone 6s is in airplane mode. No matter what city I am in I can look and see exactly where I am!

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I've used Google Maps and CityMaps2Go and both work well offline. Be sure to download the street maps while you are online--either at home before you leave or at the hotel on Wi-Fi. Another trick that works with Google Maps while you are still online: If you need simple walking directions, get the route while you are online at your hotel, turn off data roaming but keep the map open, and your route will stay marked on the map. As you move along, the blue dot signifying your location will move, even though you are offline, thanks to the phone's GPS sensor. So you'll know if you're wandering away from the suggested route.

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I also like City Maps 2 Go - but you do have to connect up on wifi once you arrive in a city so it can pinpoint you, after that, you should be good to go. You can also pin/star places - great for making sure you don't miss something you want to see, and I've also been known to pin restaurants and gelato places that I may want to visit.

I like downloading map apps when they are free to check them out, and a few days ago, one called Pocket Earth Pro was free - not sure if was one day only or for a week, and haven't had any practical usage of it, but I downloaded maps of Niagara Falls and Toronto for an upcoming trip and I will say the maps seem to be VERY detailed...showing parking, restaurants, coffee shops, banks, grocery, pubs, public transport stops, shops (along with the names of said places). So it looks like it would be great for finding places to eat, drink, shop...etc...I'm assuming it's the same deal - probably have to connect up initially then good to go without wifi.

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I also like city maps 2 go. I download the maps for my destinations ahead of time and mark all the places I may want to go. Hotel and sights, but also any restaurant I see recommended that looks interesting, bars, stores, etc. I add notes at places, like restaurant x is known for excellent pastries. Then when I'm walking around I can see what's nearby and read any notes I have on it. I have never had to synch it to wi-fi before using. Obviously you have to download the map the first time when you have internet, but once it's downloaded I've never needed internet for it to work. It also has GPS offline - so you can see exactly where you are, real time, and watch your dot move. Very helpful finding your way when street names are not marked!

City Maps 2 Go doesn't have a large database of restaurant or specific place names - so if you search for a particular restaurant it might not know it. But if you're doing the work ahead of time, you can find where that restaurant is (corner of this street and that) and mark it for yourself. Google maps is better in that it actually knows a ton of places. But it uses a lot of data. I don't think the customized "my maps" are offline yet, although I hear google maps in general is. I haven't checked this out offline yet.

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I was sure when I first used City Maps in 2013, I had to connect to wifi when arriving in a city so it could pinpoint me, but it was good after that...perhaps subsequent updates/versions have fixed that.

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Just wanted to mention that I did have to connect to wifi before the map would track me in city maps to go, so I'm not crazy ;). We were just in Niagara Falls and I couldn't track myself until after I connected to wifi (it wouldn't pinpoint me otherwise). That is on my iPad, if you have a phone of course with roaming, it'll know where you are, but I don't have 3G or whatever on my iPad.

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Maps.me is also my favourite to date. Worked very well in many locations in Italy last year.