Directions for Europe Now in Google Maps/Google Earth

[EDIT: Google just released the road maps for Europe in Google Maps tonight!]
Part of the recent updates included yet another previously unexposed feature: You can now get driving directions for many European countries in Google Earth and Google Maps. So, for example: Paris to Berlin: in Google Maps, and Google Earth . In Google Maps you still can’t see the roads in most of Europe, but the data is there for the directions. You CAN see the roads in the “Roads” layer of Google Earth though. Street addresses are also working in most of Europe as well. Here is an example between two addresses in Paris.
Interestingly, you can tack on “&output=kml” to the URL for Google Maps’ “Link to this” for directions, and the directions will be loaded up in Google Earth.
Via OgleEarth who heard about it from the French Google-centric blog: Zorgloob.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was released. He worked in 3D graphics for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank left in 2009 to circumnavigate the earth by sailboat as part of the Tahina Expedition.



Comments

  1. Also note that Japan has map data, in Japanese!

  2. Szabolcs says:

    It seems that now the road maps are seriously misaligned in Calgary (Canada) on Google Maps (see the hybrid view). When I looked at it a few days ago, it was misaligned on Google Earth, but it was fine in Google Maps. It may be because of the base imagery update.

  3. Google Earth, but it was fine in Google Maps. It may be because of the base imagery update.

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