Google Street View in Europe

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In Europe, Google Street View began on 2 July 2008 with the route of Tour de France being covered in parts of France and Italy. The service has since expanded to many European countries, while at the same time has been controversial in some countries due to laws and privacy concerns.

Development[edit]

Google's Street View Camera car (Opel Astra) in Geneva, Switzerland, in March 2009.
Google Street View camera spotted in Thorpe (near Dovedale) Peak District.
Google Street View car Opel Astra Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland

Early on, soon following the original introduction of Street View in the United States, there was talk of bringing the feature to Europe as well, but there were concerns over the legality of the feature due to stricter laws in most European countries than those of the United States regarding photography.[1]

The first views anywhere outside the United States were introduced on July 2, 2008, when the Tour de France route was added. Nineteen camera icons, each indicating part of a French city or town and Cuneo, Italy, were included.

On October 14, 2008, camera icons were introduced in six French cities, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris and Toulouse. At the same time, all other icons that had been introduced in France on July 2, as well as the one in Cuneo, Italy, were removed, representing the first time in Street View's history that a camera icon that once marked a place was removed. However, the amount of coverage that France had since July 2 was not diminished.

On October 27, 2008, four Spanish metropolitan areas were added to the list of growing street view locations in Europe: Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Valencia.

On October 29, 2008, Italy received four camera icons for the localities of Florence, Milan, Rome and Lake Como.

On March 18, 2009, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands were added. In the case of Great Britain, only major centres were uploaded and even coverage of those city centres was incomplete. For example, Edinburgh was missing Street View images of two of its key thoroughfares: Princes Street and the Royal Mile (although portions of both were visible from adjoining streets that had been imaged).

In May 2009, Google Germany released a list of German cities that were to be scanned or rescanned in May and June 2009.[2]

On August 18, 2009, areas in Switzerland and Portugal were added.[3]

On October 7, 2009, parts of the Czech Republic were added.

On November 9, 2009, more locations in the Netherlands and Spain were added.

On December 2, 2009, more locations in France and Italy were added as well as various tourist sites in England.

On January 20, 2010, Sweden and Denmark were added, as well as more locations in the United Kingdom, Italy (7 regions are fully covered), Portugal, the Czech Republic (mostly Prague), and the Netherlands.

On February 9, 2010, Norway and Finland were added, with coverage of much of southern Norway and most of Finland. Imagery was updated for parts of the UK as well.

On March 11, 2010, 95% of the United Kingdom's roads, both rural and urban, covering a total of approximately 238,000 miles, were added. More locations in the Netherlands were also added.

On April 15, 2010, some major UK theme parks were added including Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, and Legoland Windsor, as well as the Sea Life Centre in Weymouth.

In May 2010, Google Street View Cars and Trikes were seen in Croatian cities and towns such as Pula, Split, Dubrovnik, and the capital, Zagreb.[citation needed] This brings a Street View September dream to both Croatia and Andorra available.

In August 2010, Google Street View Cars were photographing Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney as well as Slovakia.[4] Also, ten Street View cars were delivered to the Latvian capital Riga.[5]

On September 30, 2010, the Republic of Ireland was added.

On December 8, 2010, parts of Romania were added. More locations in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway were also added.

On February 1, 2011, Street Views were added of several art museums across Europe, including the Palace of Versailles, the State Hermitage Museum, the Uffizi Gallery and Tate Britain.[6]

In October 2011, the Bernina Railway between St. Moritz and Tirano was photographed and was added to Street View in early 2012.[7] Bernina Railway is part of the Rhaetian Railway and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On November 23, 2011, Street View became available for almost all of Belgium. While Street View content had been recorded earlier, privacy issues kept Google from making it available to the public.[8]

On February 22, 2012, Street View became available for 3 major cities in Russia: St. Petersburg, Moscow, and small parts of Kazan. Museum views were made available in Russia in 2011 for St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum and Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery.[9] Street Views of Piotrkowska Street in Łódź, Poland were also released.

On March 21, 2012, Street View became available in Poland for most major cities and landmarks.

On April 19, 2012, 5 Ukrainian cities were added: Donets'k, Lviv, Kharkiv, Kiev, and Odessa.

On May 14, 2012, Estonia and Latvia were added. Nearby Lithuania is currently being photographed.

On September 26, 2012, Croatia and Andorra were added.[10]

On October 30, 2012, Slovakia was added.

On January 31, 2013, Lithuania was added.

On March 8, 2013, Bulgaria and most major cities of Russia were added.

On April 23, 2013, Hungary was added. The Kaliningrad Oblast exclave of Russia was also added and almost all places in Poland and Romania, except for the major cities added earlier.

On October 10, 2013, Iceland was added.

On November 15, 2013, Venice was added, with photographs taken by backpackers and gondolas.[11]

On January 29, 2014 Slovenia and even more areas of Russia were added.[12]

On June 5, 2014, Greece was added.

On July 23, 2014, Serbia was added, with coverage of the three largest cities (Belgrade, Novi Sad and Niš).

Timeline of introductions[edit]

Note: Nearly all locations in Europe are available in high quality view.

Date Major locations added
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 2008 Tour de France route:
France Aigurande, Auray, Bourg d'Oisans, Brest, Brioude, Cérilly, Cholet, Embrun, Étampes, Figeac, Lannemezan, Lavelanet, Nantes, Saint-Malo and more rural areas
Italy Cuneo
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 France Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Lille, Toulouse
Monday, October 27, 2008 Spain Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Valencia
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 Italy Florence, Milan, Rome, Lake Como (including Bellagio, Bellano, Cernobbio, Como, Lecco, Malgrate, Varenna and more
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

United Kingdom London, Oxford, Cambridge, Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Bradford, Scunthorpe, Bristol, Norwich, Newcastle upon Tyne, Birmingham, Coventry, Liverpool, Southampton, York, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Larne, Newtownabbey, Cardiff, Swansea, Barry, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Arbroath, Carnoustie, Ellon, Forfar, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Peterhead, Portlethen, Stonehaven, Westhill and more
France Paris (metropolitan area: Versailles, Orly, Rueil-Malmaison, Nanterre, Saint-Denis, Boulogne-Billancourt, Champigny-sur-Marne), Amiens, Calais, Dunkerque, Lens, Douai, Tourcoing, Villeneuve-d'Ascq, Valenciennes, Le Havre, Rouen, Reims, Châlons-en-Champagne, Caen, Rennes, Nantes, Angers, Troyes, Strasbourg, Haguenau, Poitiers, Dijon, Clermont-Ferrand, Limoges, Montpellier, Aix-en-Provence, Toulon, Cannes, Antibes, Valence, Romans-sur-Isère, Saint-Étienne, Grenoble
Italy Turin, Novara, Monza, Busto Arsizio, Udine, Genova, Parma, Bologna, Livorno, Arezzo, Perugia, L'Aquila, Fiumicino, Caserta, Naples, Avellino, Salerno, Bari, Bitonto, Reggio di Calabria, Catania, Cagliari and more rural areas
Spain Madrid (metropolitan area: Las Rozas de Madrid, Alcobendas, Coslada, Fuenlabrada, Móstoles, Getafe, Arganda del Rey and more), Oviedo, Sabadell, Terrassa, Zaragoza and more rural areas
Netherlands Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Rotterdam, Groningen, Spijkenisse, Volendam, Zaanstad

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 France Disneyland Resort Paris
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 Switzerland Bern, Zürich, Basel, Lausanne, Geneva, Neuchâtel, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Bienne, Lyss, Winterthur, Wettingen, Luzern, Thun, Vevey, Montreux and more rural areas
Portugal Lisbon, Loures, Almada, Barreiro, Montijo, Seixal, Porto, Matosinhos, Vila Nova de Gaia and more rural areas
Italy Aosta, Domodossola, Latina and more rural areas
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 Czech Republic Prague, Mělník, Brandýs nad Labem-Stará Boleslav, Poděbrady, Říčany, Benešov, Příbram, Beroun
Spain Málaga, Cadiz, Córdoba, Granada, Jaén, Almería, Huelva, Jerez de la Frontera, Algeciras, El Puerto de Santa María, Marbella, El Ejido, Huesca, Teruel, Calatayud, Oviedo, Gijón, Avilés, Mieres, Palma and southwest of the island, Bilbao, Vitoria Gasteiz, Islands of Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Santander, Toledo, Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara, Puertollano, Valladolid, León, Burgos, Salamanca, Ávila, Segovia, Zamora, Tarragona, Lleida, Girona, Vic, Olot, Figueres, Reus, Badajoz, Mérida, Cáceres, Vigo, Lugo, Ferrol, Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra, Logroño, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Aranjuez, Murcia, Cartagena, Lorca, Caravaca de la Cruz, Pamplona, Tudela, Alicante, Castellón de la Plana, Elche, Orihuela, Utiel, Benidorm, Alcoy, La Vall d'Uixó, Vinaròs, Benicasim and more rural areas
Netherlands The Hague, Delft, Utrecht, Nijmegen, Arnhem, Amersfoort, Apeldoorn, Almere, Hilversum, Leiden, Eindhoven, Ede, Haarlem, 's-Hertogenbosch, Tilburg, Breda, Helmond, Bergen op Zoom, Dordrecht, Harderwijk, Leeuwarden, Veendam, Veenendaal, Venlo, Drachten, Sneek, Harlingen, Lelystad, Haarlemmermeer, Waalwijk, Oss and more rural areas
Czech Republic Pedestrian streets and landmarks in Olomouc, Ostrava and Český Krumlov
Netherlands Pedestrian streets in Enkhuizen (Van Linschotenstraat, Wagenaarstraat and Kooizandweg), Arcen en Velden
United Kingdom Landmarks as Eden Project, Stonehenge, Bamburgh Castle, Warwick Castle, Kew Gardens, Lotus test track, Coronation Street set
France Tours, Le Mans, Nancy, Metz, Corsica, Belle-Île-en-Mer, Orléans, Bourges, Vierzon, Saint-Nazaire, Châteauroux, Bourg-en-Bresse, Montbrison, Roanne, Colmar, Mulhouse, Besançon, Annemasse, Chambéry, Avignon, Saint-Tropez, Fréjus, Annecy, Palace of Versailles area (including the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon) and other locations
Italy Pompeii, Battipaglia, Siena, Urbino, San Gimignano, Sestri Levante, Asti, Biella, Vercelli, central Benevento, Pontecagnano Faiano, Casertavecchia, some places in Ischia Island and other locations
Thursday, January 21, 2010 Sweden Stockholm, Malmö, Lund, Gothenburg, Öckerö, Halmstad, Västerås, Eskilstuna, Nyköping, Uppsala, Norrköping, Jönköping, Linköping, Örebro, Borås, Växjö, Kalmar, Hässleholm, Helsingborg, Skövde, Kristianstad, Karlskrona, Umeå, Piteå, Skellefteå, Luleå, Kalix, Haparanda, parts of Gotland, Fårö and Öland Islands and road connections between major cities
Denmark Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg, Randers, Horsens, Skagen, Vejle, Kolding, Roskilde, Aabenraa, Hillerød, Slagelse, Esbjerg, Padborg, Sønderborg, Helsingør, Samsø Island, Ærø, Rømø, Fanø, Læsø Islands and road connections
United Kingdom Leamington Spa, landmarks as Wicken Fen, Berrington Hall, Baddesley Clinton, Lyme Park, Quarry Bank Mill, Malham Cove, Studley Royal Park, Lindisfarne Castle, Nymans Garden, Avebury Manor & Garden, Corfe Castle, Glendurgan Garden, Angel of the North, Plas Newydd, Inverness, Muir of Ord, Loch Ness area, Largs, Mussenden Temple, Downhill House, Mount Stewart and road connections between major cities that were spotted.
Italy Verona, Brescia, Gemona del Friuli, Ravenna, Mantova, Cremona, Reggio nell'Emilia, Vicenza, Pesaro, Fano, Pescara, Mestre, Ascoli Piceno, Chieti, Sulmona, Pisa, Lucca, Pistoia, Prato, Campobasso, Foggia, Manfredonia, Potenza, Altamura, Matera, Taranto, Brindisi, Ostuni, Crotone, Catanzaro, Lamezia Terme, Lecce, Sassari, Olbia, Nuoro, Alghero, San Pietro Island, Palermo, San Daniele del Friuli, Siracusa, Ragusa, Agrigento, Marsala, Trapani, Procida, Capri, and road connections between major cities
Czech Republic South of Brno and more
Netherlands More locations in the Netherlands
Portugal more locations in Portugal
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 Norway Oslo, Fredrikstad, Moss, Sarpsborg, Drammen, Voss, Stavanger, Kristiansand, Bergen, and road connections
Finland Helsinki, Lahti, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Hyvinkää, Nokia, Mänttä-Vilppula, Hämeenkyrö, Kankaanpää, Valkeakoski, Akaa, Rauma, Uusikaupunki, Lohja, Raseborg, Orimattila, Huittinen, Vaasa, Joensuu, Turku, Salo, Porvoo, Kokkola, Kuusamo, Loviisa, Forssa, Oulu, Raahe, Seinäjoki, Kauhajoki, Kurikka, Ilmajoki, Iisalmi, Pori, Rovaniemi, Tornio, Kuopio, Jyväskylä, Kotka, Savonlinna, Hämeenlinna, Kouvola, Lappeenranta, Imatra, Lieksa, Kajaani, Mikkeli, Jakobstad and road connections between cities and rural areas
Åland Islands Mariehamn, Kumlinge, Sottunga, Brändö, Eckerö, Finström, Föglö, Geta, Hammarland, Jomala, Kökar, Lemland, Lumparland, Saltvik, Sund, Vårdö and more locations in Åland Islands
United Kingdom Landmarks in England such as Clumber Park, and some places in Northern Ireland
Thursday, March 11, 2010 United Kingdom Andover, Ashford, Barrow-in-Furness, Basingstoke, Bath, Bedford, Blackpool, Bognor Regis, Bolton, Bradford, Brighton and Hove, Burnley, Cannock, Canterbury, Carlisle, Chatham, Chester, Chesterfield, Chichester, Clitheroe, Colchester, Crewe, Darlington, Devizes, Doncaster, Dorchester, Dover, Durham, Ellesmere Port, Ely, Evesham, Exeter, Folkestone, Gainsborough, Gloucester, Grange-Over-Sands, Grimsby, Harlow, Hartlepool, Hastings, Hereford, Huddersfield, Huntingdon, Ipswich, Kendal, Kettering, Kidderminster, Kingston upon Hull, Lancaster, Leicester, Lichfield, Lincoln, Loughborough, Luton, Maidstone, Mansfield, Margate, Middlesbrough, Morecambe, Northampton, Oswestry, Penzance, Peterborough, Plymouth, Preston, Ripon, Salford, Salisbury, Scarborough, St Albans, Stamford, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swindon, Torquay, Truro, Uttoxeter, Wakefield, Warrington, Wellingborough, Wells, Weston-super-Mare, Winchester, Wigan, Winchester, Wolverhampton, Worcester, Workington, Worthing, Yeovil, St David's, Bangor, Newport, Aberaeron, Aberavon, Aberbargoed, Abercarn, Aberdare, Abergavenny, Abergele, Abertillery, Aberystwyth, Amlwch, Ammanford, Bala, Bargoed, Barmouth, Beaumaris, Bethesda, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Blaenavon, Blackwood, Blaina, Brecon, Bridgend, Briton Ferry, Brynmawr, Buckley, Builth Wells, Burry Port, Caernarfon, Caerphilly, Caerwys, Caldicot, Cardigan, Carmarthen, Chepstow, Chirk, Cilgerran, Colwyn Bay, Connah's Quay, Conwy, Corwen, Cowbridge, Criccieth, Crickhowell, Crumlin, Cwmbran, Denbigh, Dolgellau, Ebbw Vale, Ewloe, Fishguard, Flint, Ferndale, Glanamman, Glynneath, Goodwick, Gorseinon, Harlech, Haverfordwest, Hay-on-Wye, Holyhead, Holywell, Kidwelly, Knighton, Lampeter, Laugharne, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandrindod Wells, Llandudno, Llandudno Junction, Llandysul, Llanelli, Llanfair Caereinion, Llanfairfechan, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Llanfyllin, Llangefni, Llangollen, Llanidloes, Llanrwst, Llantrisant, Llantwit Major, Llanwrtyd Wells, Llanybydder, Loughor, Machynlleth, Maesteg, Menai Bridge, Merthyr Tydfil, Milford Haven, Mold, Monmouth, Montgomery, Mountain Ash, Narberth, Neath, Nefyn, Newbridge, Newcastle Emlyn, Newport (Pembrokeshire), New Quay, Newtown, Neyland, Old Colwyn, Pembroke, Pembroke Dock, Penarth, Pencoed, Penmaenmawr, Pontardawe, Pontypool, Pontypridd, Porth, Porthcawl, Porthmadog, Port Talbot, Prestatyn, Presteigne, Pwllheli, Queensferry, Rhayader, Rhuddlan, Rhyl, Rhymney, Ruthin, Risca, St Asaph, St Clears, Saltney, Shotton, Talgarth, Templeton, Tenby, Tondu, Tonypandy, Towyn, Tredegar, Treharris, Tregaron, Tywyn, Usk, Welshpool, Whitland, Wrexham, Ystradgynlais, Ystrad Mynach, Derry, Omagh, Newry, Antrim, Armagh, Ballycastle, Ballyclare, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Ballynahinch, Banbridge, Bangor, Carryduff, Coalisland, Coleraine, Comber, Cookstown, Craigavon, Donaghadee, Downpatrick, Dromore, Dundonald, Dungannon, Enniskillen, Kilkeel, Larne, Limavady, Lisburn, Lurgan, Magherafelt, Maghera, Newcastle, Newtownards, Portadown, Portrush, Portstewart, Randalstown, Strabane, Warrenpoint Livingston, Paisley, East Kilbride, Cumbernauld, Hamilton, Kirkcaldy, Ayr, Clydebank, Greenock, Kilmarnock, Perth, Stirling, Coatbridge, Irvine, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Dumfries, Airdrie, Falkirk, Motherwell, Wishaw, Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Bishopbriggs, Bearsden, Arbroath, Newton Mearns, Musselburgh, Elgin, Bellshill, Dumbarton, Kirkintilloch, Renfrew, Helensburgh, Barrhead, Alloa, Peterhead, Grangemouth, Blantyre, Johnstone, Buckhaven, Port Glasgow, Lanark, Kilwinning, Larkhall, Prestwick, Erskine, Renfrewshire, Bathgate most of roads and all national parks in the United Kingdom
Netherlands Maastricht, Kerkrade, Geleen, Heerlen, Roermond, Almelo, Enschede, Hengelo, Texel and most of road connections
Thursday, April 15, 2010 United Kingdom Alton Towers, Legoland Windsor, Chessington World of Adventures, Thorpe Park, Sea Life Centre (Weymouth)
Thursday, September 30, 2010 Republic of Ireland Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and most of roads in the Republic of Ireland
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 Germany Part of Oberstaufen and landmarks as: Bundestag and Victory's Column (Berlin); Königsplatz (Munich); Köhlbrandbrücke (Hamburg); Theaterplatz (Dresden), Castle Solitude (Stuttgart). Adding to it, some football stadiums were added: Allianz Arena, Imtech Arena, Millerntor-Stadion, Signal Iduna Park, Veltins Arena, BayArena and Rhein-Energie Stadion.
Thursday, November 18, 2010 Germany Berlin, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Bremen, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne, Leipzig, Mannheim, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Wuppertal.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 Romania Bucharest, Popeşti-Leordeni, Voluntari, Afumaţi, Mogoşoaia, Chitila, Pantelimon, Brăneşti, Jilava, Braşov, Poiana Braşov, Săcele, Bran, Râşnov, Prejmer, Ghimbav, Codlea, Zărneşti, Arad, Oradea, Odorheiu Secuiesc, Făgăraş, Victoria, Miercurea Ciuc, Azuga, Buşteni, Sinaia, Predeal, Eforie and more
Norway Trondheim, Skien/Porsgrunn, Kristiansand, Tromsø, Tønsberg, Ålesund, Haugesund, Sandefjord, Bodø, Arendal, Hamar, Larvik, Halden, Lillehammer, Harstad, Molde, Kongsberg, Gjøvik, Askøy, Horten, Mo i Rana, Kongsvinger, Kristiansund, Jessheim, Hønefoss, Narvik, Alta, Elverum, Askim, Ski, Drøbak, Nesoddtangen, Steinkjer, Leirvik, Vennesla, Stjørdalshalsen, Grimstad, Mandal, Egersund, Råholt and more
Denmark Bornholm and more
Netherlands Terschelling (later cancelled) and more places in rural areas.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 World museums through Art Project including:[13]
Russia Tretyakov Gallery, Hermitage Museum
Germany Alte Nationalgalerie, Gemäldegalerie
Spain Museo Reina Sofia, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
Czech Republic Museum Kampa
United Kingdom National Gallery, Tate Britain
France Palace of Versailles
Italy Uffizi Gallery
Netherlands Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Monday, February 28, 2011[14] France Château de Chenonceau, Château d'Ussé, Château de Villandry, Château d'Amboise
Republic of Ireland National Botanic Gardens, Powerscourt Golf Club
Wednesday, March 30, 2011[15] Italy Roman Forum, Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Appian Way, Baths of Diocletian, Piazza del Duomo, Ponte Vecchio
France Palace of Fontainebleau
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 France More locations in France
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Isle of Man Major part of Isle of Man
Jersey Major part of Jersey
Italy Trieste, Alessandria, Treviso, Trento, Bolzano, Pisa, Ferrara, Varese, Asti, Isole Tremiti and more other locations
Spain Minorca, rest of Majorca, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and more other locations
Sweden Östersund, Borlänge, Örnsköldsvik, Sollefteå, Gävle, Hudiksvall, Sundsvall and more
Denmark More locations in Denmark
Friday, July 8, 2011 Monaco Major part of Monaco
Monday, August 22, 2011 Switzerland Landmarks including Three Castles of Bellinzona, the shore of Caumasee, Zermatt ski resort, and other places[16]
October 2011 Switzerland Italy Bernina Railway
Monday, November 14, 2011 France Futuroscope[17]
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Belgium Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi, Liege, Bruges, Schaerbeek, Namur, Anderlecht, Leuven, Mons, Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, Mechelen, Ixelles, Aalst, La Louviere, Uccle, Kortrijk, Hasselt, Sint-Niklaas, Ostend, Tournai, Genk, Seraing, Roeselare, Verviers, Mouscron and almost all places in Belgium
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Spain Ibiza, La Palma, Formentera, La Gomera, El Hierro islands and Portugalete
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Russia St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan city center
Poland Łódź in Piotrkowska Street only.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Poland Warsaw, Kraków, Łódź, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk, Szczecin, Lublin, Białystok, Gdynia, Gniezno and some landmarks
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 World museums through Google Art Project including:
Austria Kunsthistorisches Museum
France Palace of Fontainebleau, Musée de l'Orangerie, Musée du quai Branly, Musée d'Orsay
Greece Acropolis Museum
Germany Altes Museum, Pergamon Museum
Italy Capitoline Museums
Netherlands Royal Palace of Amsterdam
Russia Pushkin Museum, Russian Museum
Spain Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Palacio de Cristal, Palacio de Velázquez
United Kingdom Tate Modern
Thursday, April 19, 2012 Ukraine Kiev, Donetsk, Lviv, Kharkiv, Odessa
Monday, May 14, 2012 Estonia Tallinn, Tartu, Narva, Pärnu, Viljandi and more areas
Latvia Riga, Daugavpils, Liepaja, Rēzekne and more areas
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 San Marino San Marino, Borgo Maggiore, Chiesanuova, Domagnano, Faetano, Fiorentino, Montegiardino, Serravalle
Czech Republic Ostrava, Plzeň, Liberec, Olomouc, Ústí nad Labem, Hradec Králové, České Budějovice, Pardubice, Havířov, Zlín, Kladno, Most, Karviná, Frýdek-Místek, Opava, Karlovy Vary, Teplice, Děčín, Jihlava, Chomutov, Přerov, Mladá Boleslav
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Croatia Zagreb, Pula, Split, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Osijek, Šibenik, Varaždin, Karlovac, Krk, Bjelovar, Slavonski Brod, Đakovo, Virovitica and other locations in Croatia[18]
Andorra Andorra la Vella, Canillo, Encamp, Escaldes-Engordany, La Massana, Ordino, Sant Julià de Lòria and other locations
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Sweden More locations in Sweden
Italy More locations in Italy
Russia Landmarks in Russia
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Slovakia Bratislava, Košice, Prešov, Žilina, Nitra, Banská Bystrica, Trnava, Martin, Trenčín, Poprad, Prievidza, Zvolen, Považská Bystrica, Nové Zámky, Michalovce, Spišská Nová Ves and more in Slovakia
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Norway parts of Svalbard, in Norway
Austria Ski resorts inclunding Sölden and Ischgl in Austria
Italy Ski resorts in Italy
Spain Ski resorts in Spain, including Sierra Nevada
Switzerland Ski resorts in Switzerland including Davos
Friday, December 14, 2012 Gibraltar Major part of Gibraltar
Ukraine Some streets in the city center of Chernivtsi in Ukraine
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Lithuania Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Panevėžys, Alytus, Marijampolė, Mažeikiai, Jonava, Utena, Kėdainiai, Telšiai, Visaginas, Tauragė, Ukmergė, Plungė, Šilutė, Kretinga, Radviliškis, Druskininkai and other locations in Lithuania
Wednesday, March 6, 2013[19][20] Bulgaria Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Pleven, Asenovgrad, Blagoevgrad, Dobrich, Gabrovo, Haskovo, Pazardzhik, Pernik, Sliven, Shumen, Veliko Tarnovo, Vratsa, Yambol, Aytos, Botevgrad, Dimitrovgrad, Dupnitsa, Gorna Oryahovitsa, Karlovo, Kardzhali, Kazanlak, Kyustendil, Lom, Lovech, Montana, Nova Zagora, Petrich, Razgrad, Samokov, Sandanski, Sevlievo, Silistra, Smolyan, Svishtov, Targovishte, Troyan, Velingrad, Vidin and other locations in Bulgaria
Russia More locations in Russia
Portugal More locations in Portugal
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Hungary Budapest, Debrecen, Miskolc, Szeged, Pécs, Győr, Nyíregyháza, Kecskemét, Székesfehérvár, Szombathely, Szolnok, Tatabánya, Kaposvár, Békéscsaba, Érd, Veszprém, Zalaegerszeg, Sopron, Eger, Nagykanizsa and other locations in Hungary

Poland Częstochowa, Radom, Sosnowiec, Toruń, Kielce, Gliwice, Zabrze, Sieradz, Bytom, Olsztyn, Bielsko-Biała, Rzeszów, Ruda Śląska, Rybnik, Katowice, Tychy, Elbląg, Opole, Wałbrzych and other locations in Poland
Romania Timișoara, Iași, Cluj-Napoca, Constanța, Craiova, Galați, Ploiești, Brăila, Pitești, Sibiu, Satu Mare, Buzău, Hunedoara, Tulcea, Deva, Suceava and other locations in Romania
Ukraine Some landmarks in Ukraine including Palanok Castle, Chernivtsi University and Khotin Fortress
Italy Pantelleria, part of Lampedusa and more locations in Italy
Russia Kaliningrad and other locations in Russia
France More locations in France
Portugal Pena National Palace in Portugal
Republic of Ireland Kilkenny Castle in Ireland

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Iceland Reykjavík, Kópavogur, Hafnarfjörður, Akureyri, Keflavík, Mosfellsbær, Akranes, Selfoss, and more locations in Iceland

Friday, November 15, 2013 Italy Venice in Italy
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Slovenia Ljubljana, Maribor, Celje, Kranj, Velenje, Koper, Novo Mesto, Ptuj, Trbovlje, Kamnik, Jesenice, Nova Gorica, Domžale, Škofja Loka, Murska Sobota, Izola, and other locations in Slovenia

Russia More locations in Russia

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Greece Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, Heraklion, Larissa, Volos, Rhodes, Ioannina, Chania, Chalcis, Agrinio, Katerini, Trikala, Serres, Lamia, Alexandroupoli, Kozani, Kavala, Kalamata, Veria, and other locations in Greece
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Serbia Belgrade, Novi Sad, Niš, Pančevo, Stara Pazova, Nova Pazova, Inđija and Highway Novi Sad-Niš in Serbia
Thursday, October 23, 2014 Luxembourg Major part of Luxembourg

Areas included[edit]

 Albania[edit]

Some spots in Durrës and Tirana

 Andorra[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Austria[edit]

Some indoor museum and garden (Volksgarten and Schönbrunn) views in Vienna. Ski pistes at the Sölden and Ischgl resorts.

 Belgium[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Some spots in Sarajevo

 Bulgaria[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Croatia[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Czech Republic[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Denmark[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, and major roads. Several small rural roads are missing in many parts of the country.

The Faroe Islands and Greenland have no coverage.

 Estonia[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Finland[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 France[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Germany[edit]

State Major cities/areas
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart, Freiburg im Breisgau (Badenova-Stadion only), Mannheim
Bavaria Munich, Oberstaufen, Nuremberg
Berlin Berlin
Bremen Bremen
Hamburg Hamburg
Hessen Frankfurt
Lower-Saxony Hanover
Northrhine-Westphalia Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen (Veltins-Arena only), Cologne, Düsseldorf, Essen, Wuppertal, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Duisburg
Rhineland-Palatinate Kaiserslautern (Fritz-Walter-Stadion only)
Saxony Dresden, Leipzig

 Greece[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Hungary[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Iceland[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Ireland[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Italy[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Latvia[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Liechtenstein[edit]

Some spots in Vaduz

 Lithuania[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Luxembourg[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, majr and rural roads

 Malta[edit]

Some spots in Valletta

 Monaco[edit]

Whole country

 Netherlands[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Norway[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

Some snowmobile views in Svalbard, including a 200+ km return trip between Longyearbyen and Pyramiden

 Poland[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Portugal[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads.

 Romania[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Russia[edit]

Federal District Major cities/subjects/areas covered
European Russia
Central Belgorod Oblast (limited coverage), Bryansk Oblast (mostly full coverage), Vladimir Oblast (limited coverage), Voronezh Oblast (extremely limited coverage), Ivanovo Oblast (limited coverage), Kaluga Oblast (extremely limited coverage), Kostroma Oblast (Kostroma and roads in and out of Kostroma only), Kursk Oblast (Kursk, and connecting roads only), Lipetsk Oblast (Yelets, Lipetsk, and connecting roads only), Moscow (Full coverage), Moscow Oblast (mostly full coverage), Oryol Oblast (Oryol, Livny, and connecting roads only), Ryazan Oblast (Ryazan and connecting roads only), Smolensk Oblast (Smolensk, Roslavl, Vyazma, and connecting roads only), Tambov Oblast (Tambov, Michurinsk, and connecting roads only), Tver Oblast (Tver, Torzhok, Staritsa, and connecting roads only), Tula Oblast (mostly full coverage), Yaroslavl Oblast (limited coverage)
North Caucasian Dagestan Republic (no coverage), Ingushetia Republic (no coverage), Kabardino-Balkar Republic (no coverage), Karachay-Cherkessia Republic (extremely limited coverage), North Ossetia-Alania Republic (no coverage), Stavropol Krai (Stavropol, Pyatigorsk, Essentuki, Kislovodsk, and connecting roads only), Chechen Republic (no coverage)
Northwestern Arkhangelsk Oblast (Arkhangelsk and connecting roads only), Vologda Oblast (Cherepovets, Vologda, and connecting roads only), Kaliningrad Oblast (mostly full coverage), Karelia Republic (Petrozavodsk and connecting roads only), Komi Republic (Syktyvkar and connecting roads only), Leningrad Oblast (mostly full coverage), Murmansk Oblast (Kandalaksha, Murmansk, and connecting roads only), Nenets Autonomous Okrug (no coverage), Novgorod Oblast (Veliky Novgorod and connecting roads only), Pskov Oblast (extremely limited coverage), Saint Petersburg (full coverage)
Southern Adygea Republic (limited coverage), Astrakhan Oblast (Astrakhan and connecting roads only), Volgograd Oblast (Volgograd and connecting roads only), Kalmykia Republic (Elista and connecting roads only), Krasnodar Krai (mostly full coverage), Rostov Oblast (extremely limited coverage)
Volga Bashkortostan Republic (Ufa, Belebey, Sterlitamak, and Salavat only), Kirov Oblast (Kirov and connecting roads only), Mari-El Republic (Yoshkar-Ola and connecting roads only), Mordovia Republic (Saransk only), Nizhny Novgorod Oblast (extremely limited coverage), Orenburg Oblast (Orsk, Novotroitsk, and Orenburg only), Penza Oblast (Penza only), Perm Krai (Perm and connecting roads only), Samara Oblast (extremely limited coverage), Saratov Oblast (extremely limited coverage), Tatarstan Republic (limited coverage), Udmurt Republic (Votkinsk, Izhevsk, and connecting roads only), Ulyanovsk Oblast (Dimitrovgrad, Ulyanovsk, and connecting roads only), Chuvash Republic (Cheboksary and connecting roads only)
Siberia and Far East
Far Eastern Amur Oblast (Blagoveshchensk and connecting roads only), Jewish Autonomous Oblast (road through Birobidzhan only), Kamchatka Krai (no coverage), Magadan Oblast (Magadan only), Primorsky Krai (limited coverage), Sakha Republic (Yakutsk only), Sakhalin Oblast (limited coverage), Khabarovsk Krai (Khabarovsk, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, and connecting roads), Chukotka Autonomous Okrug (no coverage)
Siberian Altai Republic (extremely limited coverage), Altai Krai (Rubtsovsk, Barnaul, and connecting roads), Buryatia Republic (no coverage), Zabaykalsky Krai (no coverage), Irkutsk Oblast (Irkutsk and connecting roads), Kemerovo Oblast (limited coverage), Krasnoyarsk Krai (limited coverage), Novosibirsk Oblast (Novosibirsk, Tatarsk, Barabinsk, and connecting roads only), Omsk Oblast (Omsk and connecting roads only), Tomsk Oblast (Tomsk and connecting roads only), Tuva Republic (extremely limited coverage), Khakassia Republic (extremely limited coverage)
Ural Kurgan Oblast (Kurgan and connecting roads only), Sverdlovsk Oblast (limited coverage), Tyumen Oblast (limited coverage), Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug (mostly full coverage), Chelyabinsk Oblast (limited coverage), Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (extremely limited coverage)

 San Marino[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Serbia[edit]

District Major cities/areas
City of Belgrade Belgrade
South Bačka Novi Sad
Nišava Niš
South Banat Pančevo
Syrmia District Stara Pazova, Nova Pazova, Inđija

 Slovakia[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Slovenia[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Spain[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

Ceuta and Melilla have no coverage.

 Sweden[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

 Turkey[edit]

Some museums and other spots. See Google Street View in Asia#Turkey.

  Switzerland[edit]

Canton Major cities/areas
Basel-Stadt Basel
Bern Bern
Geneva Geneva
Vaud Lausanne
Zürich Winterthur, Zürich

 Ukraine[edit]

Oblast Major cities/areas
Donetsk Donetsk
Kharkiv Kharkiv
Kiev Kiev
Lviv Lviv
Odessa Odessa
other west of Kiev Chernivtsi, Khotyn
garden views etc. Mukacheve, Kachanivka

 United Kingdom[edit]

Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads

Including Gibraltar and Jersey. For overseas territories see articles about other continents.

Controversy[edit]

Street View has been controversial in different countries for various reasons.

In September 2010, the Czech Republic banned any further capturing of Street View images. This occurred after more than half a year of unsuccessful negotiation between the Czech Republic and Google.[21][22] However, on June 24, 2011 the cars started driving again, with the camera holder lowered by 30 centimeters for privacy reasons.[23]

In November 2010, a British watchdog group said that Google broke the law by obtaining personal data from people. Britain said the company would not be fined for the breach.[24]

In March 2011, legal action against Google Street View in Germany resulted in court ruling that the project is legal;[25] however, Google later decided not to expand or update existing coverage of Germany by the service.[26]

In April 2011, a temporary ban on Google Street View data collecting in Austria was lifted, after being imposed by national data protection agency in May 2010. Google announced it was satisfied with the decision, but also stated that it had no plans to offer Google Street View coverage in Austria in the foreseeable future.[27]

In April 2013 Google was fined €145,000 for illegally recording information from unsecured wireless networks in Germany.[28]

Countries to be added in the future[edit]

 Austria,  Bosnia & Herzegovina,  Liechtenstein,  Moldova,  Albania,  Kosovo,  Montenegro,  Macedonia

Countries without any coverage[edit]

 Belarus,  Cyprus,  Macedonia,  Moldova,  Montenegro

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Google's Street View could be unlawful in Europe". June 5, 2007. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Google Maps Street View Germany". Maps.google.de. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  3. ^ (German:) Tagesanzeiger.ch/Newsnetz.ch (August 18, 2009): Google Street View in der Schweiz gestartet
  4. ^ "Google Street View car spotted in Guernsey and Alderney". bbc.co.uk. 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  5. ^ "Visas 10 Opel zīmola automašīnas ir pilnīgi vienādas - Google street view automašīnas ir ieradušās Rīgā | © www.travelnews.lv". Travelnews.lv. 2010-08-15. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  6. ^ "Google offers virtual tours of the world's top art museums". CNN. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  7. ^ Google Street View on the Rhaetian Railway, October 19th, 2011 (german)
  8. ^ [1], Dutch
  9. ^ "Google Street View Now Available in Russia - Softpedia". News.softpedia.com. 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  10. ^ Panzarino, Matthew (2012-09-26). "Google Street View Launches in Croatia and Chile". Thenextweb.com. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  11. ^ Google Street View sails into Venice. 3 News NZ. 18 November 2013.
  12. ^ V četrtek bo na voljo Street View za Slovenijo(Slovenian)(The source says Thursday January 30, but it was available January 29 before 22:00 UTC)
  13. ^ Art Project, powered by Google[dead link]
  14. ^ Pack, Jeremy (2011-02-28). "Pedaling to new places with Street View". Google-latlong.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  15. ^ "When in Rome: New Street View imagery of historic sites in Italy and France". Googleblog.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  16. ^ "Google wandelt mit Street View auf Touristenpfaden | fotointern.ch - Fotografie Nachrichten". fotointern.ch. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  17. ^ Le Parc du Futuroscope à 360° et en 3D sur Google Maps ![dead link]
  18. ^ "Napokon i u Hrvatskoj: Stigao Google Street View!" [Finally in Croatia as well: Google Street View Arrives!] (in Croatian). Nova TV (Croatia). 26 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  19. ^ http://news.laptop.bg/novini/google-street-view-uslugata-za-ba-lgariya-shte-ba-de-ofitsialno-predstavena-na-7-mart/
  20. ^ http://www.mobilebulgaria.com/news/26278/google-street-view-%D0%B2-%D0%B1%D1%8A%D0%BB%D0%B3%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%B8%D1%8F-%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%82%D0%B8%D1%80%D0%B0-%D1%81%D1%8A%D0%B2%D1%81%D0%B5%D0%BC-%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%BE
  21. ^ "DW-world.de". DW-world.de. 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  22. ^ "Seerpress.com". Seerpress.com. 2010-09-25. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  23. ^ "Zive.cz". Zive.cz. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  24. ^ "British watchdog says Google 'Street View' broke law". Earth Observation (London, UK). Nov 3, 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  25. ^ Cyrus Farivar (21 March 2011). "Berlin court rules Google Street View is legal in Germany". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  26. ^ "Google halts new Street View imagery in Germany". ComputerWeekly.com. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  27. ^ "Green light for Google Street View". Austrian Independent. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 2 Aug 2014. 
  28. ^ "Google fined 'inadequate' €145,000". 3 News NZ. April 23, 2013.