Spiegel Online in Germany has posted a story (in German) [Here's an English summary of the story.] about an awesome collection of phototextured 3d buildings for Google Earth. According to the article the collection will be published soon by Google, but the models were not created by Google. Apparently the models were developed by the “city and private sector”. Spiegel Online released a gallery of screenshots and a video (Flash required) which show the building models – and they do indeed look beautiful. Hopefully the collection will be published in the 3D buildings layer soon (the article indicates in a few days or weeks). I’ll let you know as soon as its published. Thanks to German GEB readers Volker Kinkelin, and Boris Friedrichs for the tip.