Virtual Gigapixel Panorama Tour Rhine-View 3D

Virtual Gigapixel Panorama Tour on the rooftops of Düsseldorf, Cologne, Bonn and Krefeld

Marcus Mitter

The founder of 360-up, had the idea to make the Rhineland metropolitan region interactively experienceable from extraordinary and inaccessible viewpoints in 360°. In preparation it was necessary to gain access to these panoramic viewpoints.

From the Middle Rhine to the Lower Rhine: The City of Bonn allows that a gigapixel panorama is taken from the roof of the Stadthaus, located in the middle of Bonn and from a height of 72 metres.

As it was not possible to create a gigapixel panorama from the LVR tower from 103 meters with rights of use, an interested and cooperative one was found with the operator of the KölnTurm, Cologne Tower, the tallest office building in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The KölnTurm is 148 metres high, which is only 9 metres less high than Cologne Cathedral. In Cologne you can’t build higher than Cologne Cathedral is

In Düsseldorf, the hotel company Hyatt was helpful and supported us with our request. This is where the largest picture of Düsseldorf was created.


The gigapixel panorama became about 220,000 pixels wide and 30,000 pixels high. It was the largest image file from Düsseldorf. From the roof of the Hyatt Regency in the media harbour Düsseldorf you can zoom in and see the so-called Bayer-Cross in Krefeld in format-filling on the screen. Distance as the crow flies 17.5 kilometres.


The gigapixel panorama from the roof of the Cologne tower was subsequently installed as a so-called digital signage application in the reception area of ​​the high-rise building. Every day, almost 500 visitors and employees of the skyscraper in Cologne’s media park can enjoy the interactive view of Cologne from 150 meters.


You can zoom in from the roof of the townhouse into the Bonn Gigapixel panorama and have the Ferris wheel in Pützchens Markt, the large fair near Bonn, filling the format on the screen. Zoom to the Petersberg, look at the Drachenfels, no problem!

Photokina TV | Köln

Interview, Gigapixel Panoramas

Making of Rheinsicht 3D | Düsseldorf

Gigapixel Panoramas, Interview


This is what the media said about this virtual and interactive representation of the Rhineland metropolitan region, which is still unique today: