Amsterdam – First Google Earth European 3D City

Amsterdam is now available in 3D via Google Earth – rendered in the current grey building standard with photorealistic landmarks it can’t compete with the new cities being rolled out by Microsoft’s in Virtual Earth – such as Buffalo in the US and Swindon/Brighton in the UK – see our post on Populating the Digital Earth for more info and movies.

Nevertheless its still impressive:

Of note is Engadget’s reporting of the forthcoming Where 2.0 conference with announcements due on the use of technology used to scan building faces and improve the 3D portions of Google Maps and Google Earth.

Sadly we are not going to Where 2.0 – unless someone send us – but keep checking the Google Earth blog as Frank Taylor will be blogging from the event.

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  1. AM Putra - May 26, 2007

    Congrats then. Now urban planning or site searching by architects or designers will be easier in Amsterdam.

  2. Jan - May 28, 2007

    Strange thing is that the higest building in Amsterdam the rembrandstower is not in 3D :s

    lat 52,344860 lon 4,917258

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