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View over the market place of Virtual Tübingen

View over the real Tübingen market place (link to the webcam in the town hall)


Our main motivation for building a virtual version of the town of Tübingen is that in our department we are interested in the capability of humans to navigate through known and unknown environments. Finding your way in an environment means that you have to build some sort of representation of this environment. We would like to learn what kind of information humans store and use for navigation purposes, and how they acquire and access this information. Methodologically speaking this kind of research is a mixture of psychophysics and cognitive and behavioural science. Having access to a virtual model of Tübingen in this context allows us to do highly controlled experiments in a very realistic environment.

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VT in Google Earth

  • Download Google Earth
  • Click on this link
  • Note that downloading can take a while (depending on your internet connection speed)
  • By default only the Tübingen Marketplace is displayed. Simply choose other regions of the old town by clicking on the list in the left panel in Google Earth.