German Town Gets Replicated Into A VR Town

by Suchismita Pal
German Town Gets Replicated Into A VR Town

Places all across the world are employing cutting-edge technologies to keep tourism alive. And this German town is now making use of Virtual Reality (VR) to let people residing in far-off countries enjoy its breathtaking cityscape from the comfy of their homes. The research institute and supercomputer centre in Germany, High Performance Computing Center in Stuttgart (HLRS) developed a  digital twin to enable tourists to take a mind-boggling tour of the Herrenberg town through VR-glasses. Read on!

About The German Town, Herrenberg

Herrenberg is a picturesque town in the middle of Baden-Württemberg in Germany, and is known for ancient cathedrals, marvellous castles and timber-framed houses. It is the fourth largest town in the Böblingen district. The most popular destination in the old town is the Stiftskirche church, with its bell museum, Glockenmuseum Stiftskirche Herrenberg. Other attractions in this place are Rathaus, or the Herrenberg town hall in front of Stiftskirche, the Schloss Hohenentringen castle, the Schönbuch forest park, the ruins of Schlossberg and loads more. Two lively rivers, Amer and Kochhart also advance through this historic town.

German Town
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How Is Virtual Reality Enabling Tourism?

The digital twin concept of Virtual Reality combines super-computing and technologies to visualize the city, along with the emotional responses of the people. HLRS developed digital twin by teaming up with Fraunhofer Institute and Kommunikationsbüro Ulmer, with a concept called space syntax. Apart from that, the team has also come up with an app to take feedbacks from the residents of Herrenberg about how the various locations in the city appear in the VR-model.

German Town
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As per reports, Dr. Fabian Dembski of HLRS stated that emotions like joy and fear play a major role in the success of urban design but are difficult to represent in architectural models. They are trying to incorporate these as well in the VR experience.

German Town
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We can’t wait for the launch of this ‘virtually real’ replica of Herrenberg. So, travel buffs, ready to put on your VR-glasses and immerse into the vibes of the old town?

Meanwhile, you can also read how this German Cafe is using noodle hats for social distancing.