Cycling the Alps with Google Earth

Using Google Earth to visualize real-life experiences is becoming a more and more popular idea. As the imagery in Google Earth continues to improve, these experiences become even better.
The latest example of that comes to us from They have built hundreds of Google Earth tours of various cycling routes in the Alps, augmented with photos and videos for many of them. Here is a snapshot from one of the tours:


To learn more, here is a brief video overview of how their site works:

To try it for yourself, just head over to their site and dive in. Right-click on any pass and choose “3D Tour” to watch a tour of it in Google Earth, or you can jump directly to the col de liseran tour to see it in action.

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.


  1. really nice site, can’t wait for the summer to start and use the site for some nice cycling

  2. Hey,
    just to inform you. Google has recently launched Street View for Germany. The little Village Oberstaufen and some special sights in Munich, Berlin and Stuttgart are already visible. I think thats a news worth, isn’t it? 🙂

  3. OT: seems like Google is pushing out Streetview for Germany, a few spots are online.. (german)

  4. This is really nice post. I may not get the chance to see Alps in real in my whole life. But this site surely will help me see it!
    Thanks for sharing.

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