Thursday, January 14, 2016

Google Streetview is known for giving us an insider's look at destinations around the world, but now they're letting us take in the sights of the world's largest model railway. Read on.

Thanks to Google Street View, we've been able to explore Machu Picchu, take a safari in Kenya, and take in some of the world's creepiest places without leaving the comfort of our seats. In an extremely meta move, they've introduced a new feature: a Streetview tour of Miniatur Wunderland—the world's largest model railway exhibit that displays many vacation destinations around the world. In a matter of steps, or clicks if you're tuning in via computer, you can see the rivers of the Grand Canyon, the Las Vegas Strip, the Northeast Sea, Germany, Switzerland, and much more. The model even has its own, fully functioning airport.

The entire project—which takes up nearly 1,400 square feet—took 500,000 hours to put together and brings in more than 1 million visitors every year. Every day, the 900 trains make their way through the extension track system. You can take the full virtual tour of the exhibit over on Google Street View, but here's a video highlighting the exhibit for those of you looking for a quick intro:

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

Google Streetview is known for giving us an insider's look at destinations around the world, but now they're letting us take in the sights of the world's largest model railway. Read on.

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