Since an update to Google Maps and Google Earth in April 2017, users have been able to view certain cities around the world in 3D. According to Suksawat, the capital of Friesland has now joined the ranks of Dutch cities that visitors can see in a new perspective.
The scaling model used by Google Maps features icons of the Leeuwarden skyline, including the Oldehove church tower and the Achmea tower near the central train station. Not every bit of the city has been rendered in 3D just yet: the air base on Keegsdijke is still only visible in two dimensions.
Utrecht, Amsterdam and Groningen had already undergone 3D mapping for the site, and Leeuwarden is the first Frisian city to get the 3D treatment.
In 2017, the familiar Google cars with their multisided cameras mounted on top got an upgrade and are now able to created three dimensional scans of the places they travel.