Why we love it
The stakes were high when Switzerland modernized its biggest official map series — a reliable and familiar product since the 1950s. The original topo maps, widely regarded as some of the best in the world, are much loved by the Swiss people. We love the update because the series is instantly recognisable as Swiss topo, but with a clean, fresh feel.
Why it works
Swiss maps are known for reliability, high detail, and aesthetic appeal. This map series does not disappoint. It works as a reference tool for land-use planning, environmental protection, and security. It can also underpin leisure activities such as hiking, cycling, and climbing. The sans serif fonts are easy to read. Color was added to the roads for hierarchy, and rail lines (an important part of Swiss life) are emphasised in red.
Made by the Federal Office of Topography Swisstopo (Switzerland), Cartography Division