January 13, 2016 3:30pm
Between the ancient stone-cut city of Petra and the majestic heights of Machu Picchu, Google’s Street View has taken Maps users to some exotic locales, but with the company’s latest project, Street View fans have a chance to visit one of the platform most unusual locations yet.
This morning, Google added Hamburg’s famous Miniature Wunderland museum to Maps. The museum’s claim to fame is its miniature railway, which is the largest in the world. In all, the museum boasts more than 13,000 kilometres of track, and some 200,000 pint-sized citizens.
Those tracks and people are spread across seven distinct districts, some of which are modelled after places in the real world like Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.
To capture all the museum’s tiny details, Google had to develop a special camera that up to the task. To that end, the company worked with Ubilabs, a mapping company based in Germany. In Google’s usual whimsy, the tiny cameras were mounted on miniature Street View trains and cars.
Take a look at the museum in all its minuscule glory on Google Maps.