3D Hamburg in Google Earth

Hamburg in 3D in Google EarthGoogle has pushed out an update to the 3D Buildings layer. A huge addition to this layer is the long-ago (see January information) promised collection of 3D buildings representing Hamburg, Germany. If you fly to Hamburg in Google Earth and turn on the 3D Buildings layer, it will begin loading the huge number of buildings available. Note, it will take minutes just to load a few blocks of data. And, if your graphics card is not new, or your computer is slow, you may not want to attempt this one. It could make GE run rather slow while viewing it (simply turn off the layer to speed things back up). If you do have a fast graphics card, Hamburg has a very nice collection of 3D models. It will be interesting to see how it compares to Berlin in GE, or the largest collection of 3D models previously posted of Dresden, Germany. I will try making a video sometime next week of the Hamburg data (if someone else doesn’t do it). The model of the city was built with participation of the city government. I will update this story when I get more details on the number of buildings included in the layer. via OgleEarth.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Ernst M. Kofler says:

    Hamburg is really awesome! The detail of the buildings is really impressive. Besides, Hamburg seems to have got a 10m hires terrain. Feels like kind of 3D shooter scenery.

  2. If you use the german language of Google Earth you dont see the new buildings in Hamburg. It only works when you switch to english language!
    Why Google dont fix this problem?

  3. just tried it myself, but the buildings are loading fine. usually i use the english language but for testing purpose i switched to german. what is still missing though is the NASA earth at night imagery/layer under ther german language.

  4. It*s nice
    than stuttgart is better .. but a greate work and very cool

  5. I want to see my town but I could’nt succeed it 🙂

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