World’s Largest Railway Model is Now on Google “Mini” Street View

Jan 14, 2016 0 comments

Google’s Street View, that lets you explore the world through the virtual eyes of street level cameras, has now shrunk itself to the size of a thumb, so that you can experience the world's largest miniature model railway as if it has been blown to real size.

"Miniatur Wunderland" in Hamburg, Germany boasts of 13,000 kilometers of track and more than 200,000 tiny citizens, featuring tiny replicas of German provinces, famous places in the U.S. and even a fully-functioning airport, which itself is the largest miniature airport in the world.


To capture the nooks and crannies in Miniatur Wunderland, Google mounted tiny cameras on top of tiny vehicles that were driven through the roads and over the train tracks, “weaving through the Wunderland's little worlds to capture their hidden treasures," wrote Sven Tresp, Street View Program Manager, in the official announcement.

Among the sights available for view include a soccer match in Hamburg’s stadium, a traditional town center in central Germany, a rowdy Oktoberfest celebration, a replica of the famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, a music concert, and even the ski slopes of Austria, among others. A short hop from the fictional town of Knuffingen, one can “zoom through the valleys of the Grand Canyon, gambol down the strip in Las Vegas, and even stop by Mount Rushmore to salute past U.S. Presidents.”

Because the imagery were captured at “street level” within the Wunderland, you can observe many tiny details in Street View that are not visible even to visitors to the museum, such as deep sea divers at a county fair, farmers riding a broomstick, a newly-married couple on the steps of the courthouse and the dancing crowds at an outdoor concert.

Visit Miniatur Wunderland on Google Street View.






Google Maps’ miniature Street View devices cruising the railways and streets of Miniatur Wunderland


Google Maps’ miniature Street View devices cruising the railways and streets of Miniatur Wunderland





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