Google releases a lot more Street View imagery in Germany

A few weeks ago, amid a good bit of controversy, Google finally released Street View in Germany. It was a well-publicized release, largely due to the thousands of blurred houses, but it only covered tiny sections of a few cities. Now that has changed.
While it’s still not the solid coverage like we see in the US or the UK, the coverage has just been expanded quite a bit, now covering 20 cities in Germany.

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[UPDATE: The official post from Google is up.]
I haven’t seen an official list of updated cities yet, but it seems to include Bielefeld, Berlin, Bonn, Bremen, Dusseldorf, Dresden. Hamburg, Hannover, Koln (Cologne), Leipzig, Mannheim, Munchen (Munich), Nurnberg, Stuttgart and Wuppertal.
If you’re not familiar with using Street View in Google Earth, check out this great tutorial that Frank created last year.
Have you noticed new Street View imagery in any other cities/countries? Leave a comment and let us know!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



Comments

  1. Get an idea of the new imagery by using the random pick or slide show on the Map Crunch site http://www.mapcrunch.com/
    There is a good chance of spotting opaque screens hiding some of the many addresses where privacy has been requested in Germany, rare elsewhere in Street View.
    [first posted under 16 November imagery update]

  2. it’s available for Frankfurt too.

  3. Travellist says:

    Here’s some of the most recognizable German sights in the streetview update: http://www.traveltoplists.com/2010/11/streetview-tourist-in-germany-part-2/

  4. I wish they got the all of the US and Japan in high quality already… the low quality is ruining my fun in exploring these magnificent countries.

  5. It seems ridiculous to me that large apartment buildings are blurred in these German cities. Don’t get me wrong. I understand why an individual homeowner might want single-family residences or even duplexes blurred. But HUGE apartment buildings with nearly anonymous units and windows you can barely see, let alone through?
    I can pull up most of those large cities in Bing maps, and using the Bird’s Eye feature, pretty easily see what’s missing from Street View. If anything, the blurring, especially like what you see on Friedrichsplatz in Mannheim, is going to arouse more curiosity than if the images had been left it alone. People are going to want to know what’s missing.

  6. Dave Timpe says:

    Nothing new in Marinette, WI — only a few streets are up, and somebody had them take down the entire 800 block of Marinette Ave. Also, two blocks of Main St. are mis-identified as Riverside Ave. on streetview, and Pierce Ave. on the map.

  7. Street view started in germany with the 20th biggest cities. This here are them: Berlin, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Bremen, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt on the Main, Hamburg, Hannover, Cologne, Leipzig, Mannheim, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart und Wuppertal.

  8. Kees de Kroon says:

    About the blurred houses: try this:
    Go to Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin with Google Maps (not Google Earth), go down to streetlevel with Street View, walk 1 picture west into Zimmerstrasse, turn around to the checkpoint, and some Panoramio photo’s will show you the building.

  9. Maybe I missed this point, but is there a way to show 3D streetview images in Google Earth just like it is possible in Google Maps? I mean that anaglyphs for which you need red-blue glasses. That’s really fun. If you don’t know yet: Google maps, streetview, right-click, 3D-mode on.

  10. We are waiting for street view in Serbia.

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