The French tyre maker Michelin started publishing its guides to stimulate its clients to travel and, therefore, buy more tyres.

That was when cars were few and far between.

Since then, the guides have evolved, but are all characterized by their extreme concision, simple layout and exhaustive coverage of France. Also, very important, it says in detail "how to get there" if you travel by car.

I own many of these guides and, although not quite sufficient if you look for detailed information, they are just fine if you want to travel without missing the main sights and locations.

Also, Michelin road maps are, in my view the best around. Somehow, they are easier to read and make it simpler to plan your trip than most of the other maps around.

The Green Guides cover locations, while the Red Guides cover restaurants and hotels. If you travel in France, it's worth investing in a Red Guide, as it may be surprisingly difficult to find a decent restaurant. In a country boasting the best cuisine in the world, you can easily end up in a lousy and expensive restaurant, if you don't know where to go. To a large extent the same applies to Italy, as well.

Green Guides Red Guides Maps
Czech/Slovak Republics    
France, Route Planning   France, Reversible Map
France, Northern    
France, Southern    
Germany Michelin Red Guide Deutschland Hotels-Restaurants 1999  
Germany/Austria/Benelux Michelin Red Guide Benelux Hotels Restaurants 1999  
Great Britain & Ireland    
Italy Michelin Red Guide Italia Hotels-Restaurants 1999 (Serial)  
Michelin Green Guide Le Quebec    
  Michelin Red Guide Portugal Hotels-Restaurants 1999 Michelin Poland Map
Michelin Green Guide Florida    
Michelin Green Guide Quebec    
Michelin Green Guide Chicago    
Michelin Barcelona With Index    
Switzerland Michelin Red Guide Suisse Schweiz Svizzera Hotels-Restaurants 1999