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.
Highlights include a busy dock in Hamburg:
Fire engines on route to tackle a blaze in the fictional town called Knuffingen:
And Las Vegas, Nevada:
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.
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