Back in March of 2007, the City of Berlin released a huge collection of 44,000 3D building models for their city (see a video demonstration of the city then). Now, two years later, they’ve released the other 90% apparently. According to their web site (German – the English page hasn’t been updated with the new information), they now have 500,000 building models (look for the link in the top center for the KMZ file to load the models). Not only that, they also have more accurate photo textures on the sides of buildings taken from aerial photos. Details on this were brought to my attention by GEB reader Stefan Höffken who posted about the new models on his blog (in German).
Here is a screenshot comparison Stefan sent to me showing the same seen from the previous release and the new one now available:
My laptop is on a flaky Internet connection at the moment, so I’m not able to verify how well the 3D models load. I imagine this many models could use up quite a bit of memory and bandwidth though. I’ll provide an update on how fast it is when I get a better connection. Also, since they’ve just released the new update, I imagine their servers will be running hard for the next few days as people go to have a look.