Google Releases Street View in Switzerland, Portugal, and Taiwan

Started getting comments last night from GEB readers (first was ‘Steven’) about the release of Street View imagery for Switzerland, Portugal, and Taiwan. Switzerland has most of the populated areas covered. In the case of Taiwan, the new imagery is focused around Taipei. In Portugal, the focus is on Lisbon and Porto. Here is a screenshot from Google Earth of Porto, Portugal:

Street View in Porto, Portugal in Google Earth

Here are instructions for using Street View in Google Earth. The advantage to Google Earth is comparing views to 3D buildings and terrain, and looking for more information about sites with the GE layers. The interface for Street View in Google Maps is a little easier to share in blogs, and tweets thanks to the embed feature. First, here is a coverage map for Street View around the world:

And, here are a few Street View shots from Taiwan and Switzerland:

Taipei 101 – View Larger Map
And here is a shot from Switzerland:

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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. If you go along the street to the foot of the tall building in the centre Taipei shot, you will see a whole lot of people holding up Google logos.

    In areas of the UK where bandwidth is limited, one apparent advantage of SV in Maps is that it makes less demand on bandwidth (is this technically correct?) and crashes are much rarer than with SV in GE. The blue outlines in Maps are also a good clear indication of SV coverage in Maps at all scales.

  3. Mark.Taiwan says:

    wow, I can’t believe Street View for Taiwan is available this soon, maybe I should look out for Street View van in Kaohsiung from now!

  4. Rome and Zurich seem to have bigger coverage.

  5. What, still no Street View in Canada?

  6. There’s a little problem with Street View on Google Maps. Check out the Swiss town of Basel, it’s not covered in bleu.

  7. By the end of the year Brazil is also gonna be avaliable, for 3 cities, they are alredy taking the pictures.

  8. Well, well, Switzerland really is *all that*. In fact, the stunningly gorgeous scenery is so abundant its nearly monotonous. I’ve been ruined for any other country now …

  9. smokeonit says:

    what puzzles me is that SV germany is late to the game…
    since google has to host the SV germany footge in a german based server & the footage has to be available blurred only, the original with unblurred faces and license plates has to be deleted…

  10. diogo monteiro says:

    Why is Portugal is not covered by street view,
    although Google says Lisbon and Porto are covered, I live 20K from the center of Lisbon and it’s not covered, cities like Cascais, Sintra are not covered (Sintra is World Heritage Location)
    Setubal one of the biggest portuguese cities is not covered, not even Oeiras you look at the map and Portugal is like an island in the rest of Europe
    A question for Google US, Which is the European country closer to the US??? not dificult to find
    It’s Portugal, and I’m not counting with the Azores

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