Google Street View cameras let you visit the world’s largest model railway

Google built tiny cameras to capture life in its smallest Street View project to date, Germany’s Miniatur Wunderland.

An unusual world has appeared on Google Maps. The tech giant has been photographing the streets of Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s largest model railway.

Based in Hamburg, Miniatur Wunderland is a model world with over 13,000m of track and 200,000 citizens in a range of places including the Alps, Germany, America and an airport.

To capture the world, tiny Street View cameras were mounted on the back of vehicles (below) that went around the tracks filming. The cameras were developed by Google with Unilabs.

Miniatur Wunderland Google Street View camera on train

Highlights include a busy dock in Hamburg:

Miniatur Wunderland Google Street View Hamburg dock

Fire engines on route to tackle a blaze in the fictional town called Knuffingen:

Miniatur Wunderland Google Street View Knuffinge

And Las Vegas, Nevada:

Miniatur Wunderland Google Street View Las Vegas

The attention to detail at each location is amazing, something that could only be seen using tiny cameras according to Street View program manager Sven Tresp: “Because we captured this imagery at ‘street level’ within the Wunderland itself, you can observe many tiny details in Street View that are not visible even to visitors to the museum.”

Miniatur Wunderland is the latest in Google’s Street View Treks series, collections of photographs of remote destinations from the Arabian Desert to Yosemite taken using Google’s Street View cameras - which you can explore from your computer.

Explore Miniatur Wunderland through Google's dedicated site or visit it on Google Maps.

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