How did Belgrade get such great 3D models?

If you’ve visited Belgrade in Google Earth lately, you may have been surprised by the quality of the 3D buildings there. Belgrade is not available in Building Maker, and it’s not a city that’s had some auto-generated buildings from Google placed there, but yet there are a ton of models in the city. Beyond that, these buildings are good. Notice the 3D bushes on the balcony of this building, and the 3D trees (which aren’t the new “Version 6” trees) below:


The idea to model Belgrade came from Zeljko Zdravkovic, who himself has modeled well over 500 buildings that you’ll find in Google Earth. In fact, the “Lets build digital Belgrade” collection in the 3D Warehouse has well over 800 models in it!
Zeljiko recently gave a presentation in the council building of New Belgrade, where he was able to show what he’s accomplished, discuss how the process works, and share future plans for 3D buildings in other local areas.
To see Belgrade for yourself, you can fly there using this KML file. Great work Zeljiko!

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. Google should now do the right thing and upgrade their sat images for Belgrade! It’s dragging the models down

  2. @hackshack — Great point! I had intended to mention that in the post as well, but (obviously) forgot to.
    The whole city will look so much better once some higher-quality imagery is in place there.

  3. Unusual building
    This is the first thing you see when you enter New Belgrade from highway ­čÖé

  4. Espa├▒ol:
    En Venezuela, hay nuevas im├ígenes que no estaban antes pero solo se pueden ver activando “Im├ígenes Hist├│ricas” como en Tucupita, Delta Amacuro y Panto├▒o, Sucre.
    In Venezuela, there are new images that were not before but can only be viewed by selecting “Historical Pictures”as in Tucupita, Delta Amacuro and Panto├▒o, Sucre.

  5. Images of Belgrade are updated recently.
    And 3D Belgrade is great. Thanx ┼Żeljko and others.

  6. Google earth Pro has gotten worse and worse since the early days of 5.0.

  7. When I install the upgrade, it turns out to be the same version I already have. This goes on forever in an endless loop.

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