Budapest 3D Tour in Google Earth

Budapest Tour in Google Earth pluginI just noticed a nice 3D Tour of some notable sites in Budapest, Hungary over at EarthSwoop. EarthSwoop lets anyone create tours of places in Google Earth using the Earth API and plugin. Click on the different links below the EarthSwoop window to see a flying tour to several locations. A description appears to the right of each site. The Budapest EarthSwoop was created by someone called Greg Rose.
What’s interesting about this collection to me is that there are a bunch of really nice 3D models in Budapest I hadn’t seen before. Even more interesting is that the models do not have any attributes. Normally, when 3D models come from the Google 3D Warehouse, when you put your mouse over a 3D model in Google Earth it highlights the model in a blue/purple color. When you click with the mouse, a window pops up telling you more about the model from the 3D Warehouse. But, Google has started putting thousands of 3D Models which are coming from some unannounced source. Normally these have appeared in cities where the entire city has been modeled with some new technique. This is the first time I’ve found just select models in a city without the attribution. [UPDATE: However, this may just be an error in processing which somehow prevented the 3D Warehouse connection/attribution to be made. Some of the models in Budapest appear to match ones in the 3D Warehouse.
Disclaimer: EarthSwoop was created by myself and Mickey Mellen over at Google Earth Hacks as an experiment with the Earth API and to make it easy for people to make 3D sightseeing tours.

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. I don’t think that it’s an error the fact that not all of them have to be announced.
    imagine more in the future where we have a lot more cities in 3D. or all the cities and towns in 3D. imagine clicking on every single house and a description comes out of who the creator is, a description of what it is. i think it would be a waste of time to add that information in every single thing, like the reason why the population data was taken off the cities and towns when you click on them. if the world is going to be created in 3D we don’t need that excessive data. data could be added of course by the creator’s preference. or if you see a building you can know what is about with the landmarks, panoramio, etc.

  2. We should remember that Google owns “Sketchup” which is the 3D modeling software used by people who are contributing models to 3D Warehouse.
    It is likely that Google now has full-time Sketch-up engineers turning out 3D models by the bushel in order to populate the cities with photorealistic buildings. These models, technically created by Google, do not require tagged information, and are, indeed now an intimate part of the Google Earth product.

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