Baedeker City Plans

Throughout the 17th to 18th centuries, the Grand Tour was mainly reserved for academics or the elite. Around 1840 rail transport was introduced, and the Grand Tour started to fall slightly out of vogue. With the introduction of train, the first form of mass-tourism was introduced. The 1800’s saw a period in which the Victorian middle classes toured Europe. As the century progressed, fewer cultural visits were made throughout Europe, and  tourists began to also travel for nature, the weather, and spas. Grand Hotels began to be built and tourism remained very popular until the late-1920s and early-1930s, when, with the Great Depression and economic crisis, many could no longer afford to travel.

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In a scene from “Room with a View,” (1985) you see Miss Lucy Honeychurch (played by Helena Bonham Carter) consulting a Baedeker guide.

During the heyday of Victorian traveling, a travel guides known as “Baedekers” (named after the founder Karl Baedeker), was published. The guides contain, among other things, maps and introductions; information about routes and travel facilities; and descriptions of noteworthy buildings, sights, attractions and museums, written by specialists.

Although I find the perusing of Baedekers a great way to pass the time, my main interest has always been the large number of city plans found among their pages. Early on when I began writing my book on historic city plans, I started to collect these small red travel guides.

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Shown here are a few of the travel guides I’ve collected over the years.

In the last ten years or so I’ve noticed a number of dealers have begun to sell the city plans separately, and at times for a price higher then even a cost of a whole guide book.  In this Looking@Cities posting I’ve decided to begin to upload scanned images of the city plans found in my collection of travel guides.  Over time I hope to have all the orthogonal city plans from old Baedekers uploaded here on this website.

(A List of Historic Baedekers can be found on Wikipedia)

Baedeker “Northern Italy,” 1913

Aoste

Aquileia:Grado

Bergamo

Bologna

BolognaEnvirons

Bordighera

Brescia

Como

Cremona

Ferrara

Florence Environs

Florence

Genoa

Livorno

Locarno

Lucca

Lugano

Milano

Modena

Montova

Padova

Parma

Pavia

Piacenza

Pisa

Pistoia

Ravenna Environs

Ravenna

Reggio Emilia

Roiva:Arco

SanRemo

Torino

TorinoLarge

Trento

Treviso

Udine

Venice

Verona

Vicenza

Baedeker “Germany,” 1910

Berlin

Berlin Inner City

Brandenburg

Bremen

Bremen Inner City

Breslau

Breslau Inner City

Brunswick

Cassel

Chemnitz

Coburg

Cuxhaven Helgoland

Danzig

Dessau

Dresden

Dresden Inner City

Eisenach

Eisleben Kyffhauser

Emden Environs

Erfurt

Flensburg

Frankfurt

Freiberg

Giessen

Gorlitz

Goslar

Gotha

Gottingen Munden

Halberstadt

Halle

Hamburg Altona

Hamburg Inner

Hamburg Rail

Hanover

Hanover Inner City

Harzburg

Hildesheim

Hohensyburg Environs

Jena

Kattowitz

Kiel

Konigsberg

Leipzig

Leipzig Inner City

Liegnitz

Lubeck

Luneburg

Magdeburg

Marburg

Munster

Nauheim

Norderney

Osnabruck

Plauen

Posen

Quedlinburg

Rostock

Schleswig

Schwerin Environs

Silesia

Stettin

Stralsund

Switzerland Schandau

Thorn

Wartburg

Weimar

Wernigerode

Westerland

Wilhelmshaven

Wismar

Wittenberg

Worlitz

Zoppot

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