Virtual Tourism

Virtual tours and tourism

Countries and general

Armchair Travel Company (QTVR and Java 3D)
Panoramas of Westminster Abbey, Stonehenge, Parliament, St Pauls, Berlin, and other
» http://www.armchair-travel.com
[Link verified and viewed, 19 Feb 2007]

Virtual Visitor (QTVR and Java 3D)
» http://www.virtualvisitor.com
[Link verified and viewed, 19 Feb 2007]

Realitas Virtualis – Italy in Virtual Reality… (Panoramic VR / QTVR)
» http://ww2.webcomp.com/virtuale/us/home.htm
[Link verified and viewed, 19 Feb 2007]

Interactive Media Dubai – 360 Virtual Tour and Panoramic Photography (QTVR)
Panoramas from the United Arab Emirates
» http://www.imedia.ae
[Link verified and viewed, 20 March 2007]

European virtual reality tour (Panoramic VR / QTVR)
Also numerous links at the bottom of the page to other QTVR sites
» http://www.netgate.co.uk
[Link verified, 19 Feb 2007. The panoramas seem now to be available only on purchasable CD-Rom; however, there are still numerous good links, at the bottom of the page, to other QTVR panoramas]

WorldInMotionVR
» http://www.worldinmotionvr.com
[Link verified and viewed, 11 May 2007]

Madeira (at MadeiraWeb) (Panoramic VR / QTVR)
» http://www.madeira-web.com/qtvr/index.html
[Link verified and viewed, 19 Feb 2007]

Explore Kew Gardens (Panoramic VR / QTVR & Java3D)
» http://www.explore-kew-gardens.net/
[Link verified and viewed, 19 Feb 2007]

Virtual Parks (QTVR)
“VirtualParks.org was conceived as a visual documentary of special places in North America. Natural or wilderness lands provide refuge and inspiration for people as well as habitat for other species. The pressure of population, economic growth, park budget cuts, climate change, and catastrophic events often encroaches upon our green spaces and wilderness lands. It is my hope that through experiencing the special beauty of our wild lands, the public will better understand the value of open space & wilderness and want to preserve it for future generations to enjoy.”
» http://www.virtualparks.org
[Link verified and viewed, 19 March 2007]

Native Americans (Viscape)
I wasn’t sure whether this should really be in museums, history, or tourism. 3D tours of teepee, fort, cliff dwellings.
» http://native-americans.org/virtual-reality/3dindex.htm
[Link verified and viewed, 19 March 2007]

Cities

AROUNDER (Panoramic VR / QTVR)
“AROUNDER gives travelers a vivid sense of what a city has to offer: historical cathedrals and works of art, museums featuring famous artists, local cafes and stores, breathtaking mountain-top views, quiet parks and gardens. Each issue contains a series of panoramas in a selection of formats – QuickTime Full Screen, QuickTime Medium and Java – so that both dial-up and high-speed Internet users can participate. Navigation is easy with Google maps of the city and surrounding area. Every issue also links to local merchants with virtual tours of hotels, restaurants, spas and stores.”
» http://www.arounder.com
[Link verified and viewed, 19 Feb 2007]

Bridgewater (Gigascape / Viscape)
» http://www.bridgwatertown.com/asp/worlds.asp
[Link verified and viewed, 19 Feb 2007]

Yeovil (Gigascape / Viscape)
» http://www.yeoviltown.com/static/3d/
[Link verified and viewed, 19 Feb 2007]

Virtual Tour of Oxford (Panoramic VR)
“Explore within the famous Colleges & Museums of Oxford. See the old Quads, the Chapels and dining halls and look at the objects from some of the UK’s oldest Museums.”
» http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/oxfordtour/
See the full list at:
» http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/oxfordtour/tours.html
[Link verified and viewed, 19 Feb 2007]

Virtual Sightseeing Tours: Montmartre, Stanford, Red Square (VRML)
» http://www.parallelgraphics.com/products/showroom/virtual-tours/
Montmartre:
» http://www.parallelgraphics.com/products/showroom/virtual-tours/montmartre/
Stanford
» http://www.parallelgraphics.com/products/showroom/virtual-tours/stanford/
Red Square
» http://www.parallelgraphics.com/products/showroom/virtual-tours/redsquare/
[Link verified and viewed, 02 March 2007]

Virtual Istanbul (Viscape)
» http://www.sanalistanbul.com/virtualistanbul/virtuaLgallery.htm
[Link verified and viewed, 19 Feb 2007]

Virtual Venice (Viscape)
» http://openacademy.mindef.gov.sg/openacademy/Central/VR%20Files/VRT/venice.SVR
[Link verified and viewed, 19 Feb 2007]

Cy-Berlin (Viscape)
» http://openacademy.mindef.gov.sg/openacademy/Central/VR%20Files/VRT/berlin.SVR
[Link verified and viewed, 19 Feb 2007]

Virtual Singapore (Viscape)
» http://openacademy.mindef.gov.sg/openacademy/Central/VR%20Files/VRT/merlion.SVR
[Link verified and viewed, 19 Feb 2007]

Virtual Jerusalem (Viscape)
» http://www.imaginevr.co.il/frame.htm
[Link verified and viewed, 19 Feb 2007]

The Hajj (QTVR)
Mecca and vicinity at the moment of the Hajj
» http://www.channel4.com/culture/microsites/H/hajj/indd_pano.html
[Link verified and viewed, 20 March 2007]

Virtual Dublin (VRML)
» http://www.dmc.dit.ie/guests/eirenet/eirenet/eirenet/thic.htm
[Link verified and viewed, 09 Feb 2005]

Piazza S.Giacomo, Udine, Italy (VRML)
» http://udine3d.uniud.it/en/testplugin.html
[Link verified and viewed, 14 March 2005]

The Glasgow Directory (VRML)
» http://iris.abacus.strath.ac.uk/glasgow/
[Link verified and viewed, 14 May 2005]

» Intel Forbidden City (Beijing)

» Virtual Hong Kong (Ipix)

» LibertyNet’s Philadelphia Area Movies (Panoramic VR) [27/09/00 — The link to the QTVR movies of Philadelphia seems to have moved. Can anyone find it?]

Buildings

Virtual Arsenal (Viscape)
Stadium tour
» http://www.designercity.com/vr.asp
[Link verified and viewed, 12 March 2007]

Derby County FC. (Viscape)
» http://openacademy.mindef.gov.sg/openacademy/Central/VR%20Files/VRT/derby.SVR
[Link verified and viewed, 12 March 2007]

U.S. Capitol Virtual Tour (Panoramic VR / Java)
» http://www.senate.gov/vtour/
[Link verified and viewed, 28 Feb 2007]

Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona Opera House), virtual visit (IPIX)
» http://www.liceubarcelona.com/visita/eng/index.asp
[Link verified and viewed, 28 Feb 2007]

Virtual Reality Tour of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (Panoramic VR / QuickTime)
“includes tours of the Patriarchal Complex, The Cathedral of Saint George, The Holy Theological School of Halki, and the Monastery of Saint George”
» http://www.patriarchate.org/visit/html/virtual_reality.html
[Link updated and viewed, 28 Feb 2007]

Explore St Paul’s Cathedral (Java 3D)
» http://www.explore-stpauls.net/
[Link updated and viewed, 28 Feb 2007]

Sydney Opera House (QTVR, with Flash)
» http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/sections/tours/virtual_tour/
[Link verified and viewed, 02 March 2007]

NOVA Online/Pyramids/Ancient Egypt (Panoramic VR)
» http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pyramid/explore/age.html
[Link verified and viewed, 01 Feb 2007]

Explore the Taj Mahal (Panoramic VR)
» http://www.taj-mahal.net/
[Link verified and viewed, 06 March 2007]

The Taj Mahal — World Wonder on the Web (Panoramic VR)
» http://vrm.vrway.com/vartist/spotlight/THE_TAJ_MAHAL_WORLD_WONDER_ON_THE_WEB.html
[Link verified and viewed, 06 March 2007]

Taj Mahal World (VRML)
» http://www.avatara.com/vrml/taj/taj2.wrl
[Link verified and viewed, 06 March 2007]

» Intel Virtual Taj Mahal
[06 March 2007 — appears to be dead now]

» A virtual tour of Taj Mahal in 3D (VRML)
[06 March 2007 — appears to be dead now]

» Wired Whitehall – Virtual Urban Interface System (Jutvision)
[06 March 2007 — appears to be dead now]

» Haunted Philadelphia (Panoramic VR)
[06 March 2007 — appears to be dead now]

» The Millennium Dome (Viscape)
[06 March 2007 — appears to be dead now]

» Philadelphia City Hall Courtyard (Panoramic VR)
[06 March 2007 — appears to be dead now]

Tours of educational institutions

Middle Street Primary School (Viscape)
Not itself an educational application, but rather an application within the education sector—a 3D walkthrough of a school.
» http://www.middlestreet.org/cabinet/middle3d.htm
[Link verified and viewed 25 Feb 2007]

Cyber-Hochschule (Viscape)
Virtual tour of campus
» http://www.daad.de/de/cyber-hs/start.html
[Link verified and viewed 25 Feb 2007]

Bielefeld University Library (Adobe Atmosphere + Flash)
» http://www.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/english/help/rundgang/
[Link verified and viewed 25 Feb 2007]

Chung Yuan Christian University (Viscape)
Virtual tour of campus
» http://www.cycu.edu.tw/VR/newview.svr
[Link verified and viewed 25 Feb 2007]

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