Google Maps’s 15th Birthday.
Contrary to the name, Google Maps is not only maps and car navigation. Practically, the tool from the Mountain View giant is also a whole bunch of accompanying functions – the ability to quickly search for specific outlets, for example shops, reading reviews of a whole bunch of points of interest, or virtual exploring various corners of the world from the street view level (Street View).
The Street View feature was launched in 2007, and its premiere was accompanied by really strange product material.
Street View came to Europe in July 2008, when Internet users were able to walk along the 3500-kilometer Tour de France cycling race route. Currently, the database of sent photos counts over 170 billion photographs, which is full of unusual places. See fifteen such locations on Street View in Poland and fifteen in other regions of the world, which decided to distinguish the Polish branch of Google.
Attention: clicking on the name of the place will take you to its view on Google Street View.
The most interesting places on Street View in Poland
When the plebiscite "We choose our showcase on Street View" was announced in July 2011, it was the representative street of Łódź, considered one of the longest shopping streets in Europe (over 4 km!), Won the most Internet users' votes. On February 22, 2012 Street View was launched in Poland – the famous Piotrkowska was the first place available as part of virtual tours. And during the walk, Internet users can admire dozens of historic tenement houses located next to it and Avenue of Stars.
Do you dream of a cruise on the Queen of Polish Rivers? It was a unique project implemented with the WWF Polska Foundation. With the help of a special Google Trekker backpack installed on the boat, they sailed through Poland to show unique fragments of the beautiful and natural Vistula – wild nature, sandy shores and numerous islands.
If you would like to feel like a footballer running onto the pitch among the crowd's shouts, a virtual tour of the stadiums of Euro 2012 stadiums has been prepared just for you. The National Stadium in Warsaw, PGE Arena in Gdańsk or the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw are just waiting for the referee's first whistle to visit on Google Maps.
The Warsaw Uprising Museum is a unique interactive place commemorating the largest military action of the underground in Europe during World War II. A virtual walk through the museum exhibition can become an excellent history lesson and an opportunity to learn about the fates of the insurgents.
Google Maps is not only beautiful landscapes and wonderful views of the Cosmos, but also attractions … underground! The Wieliczka Salt Mine tourist route, on which excavations are exploited from the 17th to the 19th century and which contains over 20 chambers located on three levels, 64 to 135 m underground, lakes and chapels with salt sculptures, bas-reliefs and chandeliers anytime without the need for a mining shaft.
Where did Fryderyk Chopin spend his holidays as a child? In a family house in Żelazowa Wola. The biographical museum of the outstanding Polish composer and pianist and the 7-hectare landscape park on the Utrata River are available at your fingertips, or actually at one click.
Is discovering your second passion? If so and you haven't been to the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw yet, you have the chance to plan your trip around interactive exhibits.
The beautiful classical building of the Wrocław Opera, on which stage the most eminent operas and ballets of the world are staged, has also opened its doors to virtual visitors. Feel like a star of the opera scene or take a walk among the intricate corridors.
When there is no snow outside, frosty impressions can be provided by a cable car ride to the very top of Kasprowy Wierch. From there, there is a breathtaking view of the snowy peaks bathed in the rays of the setting sun.
1603 m a.s.l., the highest peak of the Giant Mountains and the Sudetes can be reached in just a few minutes. After such "effort" you can relax at the viewpoint at the very top or visit the Meteorological Observatory.
Maybe you are going to Wałbrzych in search of gold treasures? For sure, don't forget to visit Książ Castle and its secret chambers full of stories, legends and puzzles. Try to solve them with Google Maps.
The Expressionist Hala Stulecia in Wroclaw, built according to the design of Max Berg, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006. Its interior is another idea for an unusual virtual walk in search of unusual places representing the architecture of the 20th century.
The highest waterfall in the Polish Sudetes falls three cascades from a height of 27 meters. If, like us, you love to admire such amazing monuments of nature and want to enter the area of the Karkonosze National Park, we invite you!
Masuria is an ideal place for a weekend rest. Enjoy the nature in the land of the Great Masurian Lakes, follow hiking trails or go on a cruise on Lake Niegocin, singing sailing shanties. Ahoy sailors!
Nowhere are the traces of centuries of tradition as visible as in the Wawel Royal Castle. Google Maps will take you to the arcaded courtyard, where you will be able to feel like the kings of the fourteenth-century Poland.
The most interesting places on Street View in the world
Take a tour of Yosemite National Park without climbing the 3000-foot El Capitan – there are people who have taken this risk so that you can admire this amazing place.
All but one Street View collection has one thing in common: gravity. But thanks to the right equipment and cooperation with NASA, we were able to overcome truly unique obstacles so that you could feel what it is like to be an astronaut.
How to spend a cold winter in Mongolia? By organizing an open festival on an ancient frozen lake! Google representatives took Street View to a party and hopped on a horse-drawn sleigh to give you an account of a ride around the ice playground.
If you are ready for spectacular views, take a trip with us to the snowy peak of Mont Blanc. Google has teamed up with world-renowned Alpine photographers, skiers, mountaineers, climbers and runners to gather Street View imagery that will allow you to experience extreme adventure. Be sure to check out what it's like to run across the top of the mountain, climb the sharp ridge between the crevices of the glacier and ski in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Sakura in Japan, the cherry blossom season, is known all over the world. Take a spring walk around Tokyo with Street View. Be sure to look left and see the famous Zōjō-ji Temple, located in the Shibakoen district near the Tokyo Tower.
Take a deep breath as you enter the main chamber of the Sagrada Familia. This may be your only chance to see the famous, reminiscent of trees, columns of the church, an unusual play of lights and views that make you dizzy. And all without a crowd of tourists and onlookers.
Travel to remote tropical territory of Australia to admire the annual migration of the red crab. It is a unique opportunity to watch millions of crabs marching from the forest straight into the sea along with the stunning sunset view.
See how styles of Muslim architecture meet in one of the world's largest mosques – Sheikh Zajid's Great Mosque. The mosque, which can accommodate 40,000 worshipers, has an open door policy and invites guests from around the world to see its intricate domes, reflective pools and the mesmerizing prayer room.
Feel the cold when looking at Ilulissat fjord in Greenland, where the ice cap meets the ocean. Pictures of the fjord inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004 are a symbol of the beauty of our planet and an illustration of the impact of climate change on nature.
Enter the kākāpō home virtually and discover prehistoric New Zealand as it was millions of years before the first boat appeared on its shores. Join the unique Street View tour of windswept sanctuaries and pristine nature reserves that are inaccessible to visitors.
Thanks to Street View, you can cross the Rio Negro River and see unusual photos taken over 30 miles of diverse shore, forest and village.
Culture, country or climate may vary, but each of us has a place that can be called home. See how people living on Uros on Lake Titicaca in Peru build their homes on floating reed islands.
Whether you're afraid of heights or just haven't seen the iconic Eiffel Tower live – Street View is at your fingertips. You can go on a tour of the top of Paris directly from home to see the top attractions such as the Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre or the Seine.
If you can't go to the far north to see the northern lights, we will help you see this extraordinary phenomenon. The Google team spent six nights in the snow before they were able to photograph the elusive Aurora Borealis on the frozen Lake Pitkäjärvi in Finland.
After years of waiting for permission to take photos of this wonder of the world, the Google team for 7 days methodically crossed the terraces and temples of the Inca city of Google Arts & Culture to share this gem of world heritage with you.