City Update 06: Southwest Germany now available

The latest City Update for Microsoft Flight Simulator focuses on the Southwest German state of Baden-Württemberg.

Mannheim is a major centre of culture in the region.
Mannheim is a major centre of culture in the region. Microsoft

The package covers seven cities: Mannheim, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Esslingen and Kehl in Germany. Strasbourg in France is also included, which lies just across the border from Kehl. The update also features Friedrichshafen Airport, Baden-Württemberg’s third-largest airport. All the cities are recreated using the latest high-resolution aerial imagery and feature high-fidelity TIN (triangulated irregular network) surface modelling.

Baden-Württemberg is one of Europe’s most geographically diverse regions, encompassing the Black Forest and rivers such as the Rhine, Danube and Neckar, along with Lake Constance.

Mannheim is at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers. It is an important centre of culture, education and commerce, with 23 universities. Points of interest include the Mannheim Water Tower, Mannheim Baroque Palace and the Fernmeldeturm Mannheim telecommunications tower.

Heidelberg lies along the banks of the Neckar River.
Heidelberg lies along the banks of the Neckar River. Microsoft

Heidelberg lies at the southwestern edge of the Odenwald mountain range on the eastern edge of the Upper Rhine Plain. The city is internationally recognized as a centre of education and is home to Heidelberg University, Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1386. Heidelberg features several architectural structures: Heidelberg Castle, Church of the Holy Spirit and Old Bridge Heidelberg.

Karlsruhe is on the northern edge of the Black Forest near the French border.
Karlsruhe is on the northern edge of the Black Forest near the French border. Microsoft

Karlsruhe is on the northern edge of the Black Forest near the French border. It is the seat of the German Federal Constitutional Court and the Federal Court of Justice. The city has a unique layout comprising 32 streets radiating from a central palace tower that resembles a fan from above. Karlsruhe is home to some iconic architectural creations such as Karlsruhe Palace, Botanical Gardens and the State Museum of Baden.

Stuttgart is the capital of Baden-Württemberg.
Stuttgart is the capital of Baden-Württemberg. Microsoft

Stuttgart is the capital of Baden-Württemberg and is a renowned centre for the automotive industry. It is the headquarters of Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and several other industry giants. The city is also a global centre of science and academic research. It offers incredible vistas from the air like the New Palace, MHPArena, and the Stuttgart TV Tower.

Esslingen dates back to the Roman Empire.
Esslingen dates back to the Roman Empire. Microsoft

Esslingen dates to at least the Roman Empire and began to flourish in the early Middle Ages. Surrounded by forested hills and vineyards, Esslingen is one of the most picturesque cities in Germany. It is home to hundreds of historic buildings, including Esslinger Castle, the Inner Bridge, and Church of Our Lady.

Strasbourg and Kehl have strong historic ties.
Strasbourg and Kehl have strong historical ties. Microsoft

Kehl lies on the Germany-France border and neighbours the larger French city of Strasbourg. With the Black Forest to its east and patchworks of agricultural fields to its north and south, the sights abound from above Kehl.

Strasbourg is a major international city and the seat of several important European institutions, including the European Parliament, the European Ombudsman of the European Union and Eurocorps. Sights throughout Strasbourg include the Strasbourg Cathedral, Place Kléber and the Strasbourg Opera House.

Friedrichshafen is one of the more important cities in the history of aviation.
Friedrichshafen is one of the more important cities in the history of aviation. Microsoft

Friedrichshafen Airport (EDNY) is on the north shore of Lake Constance, one of Europe’s largest lakes. It is one of the more important cities in the history of aviation. German airship pioneer Ferdinand von Zeppelin’s LZ 1, the world’s first successful rigid airship, took to the sky from a floating hangar on nearby Lake Constance in July 1900. In 1908, von Zeppelin founded Luftschiffbau Zeppelin (Zeppelin Airship Company) in Friedrichshafen. In addition, several other companies with aviation roots based their operations in Friedrichshafen, including ZF Friedrichshafen, Maybach and Dornier. The airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator was reproduced by iniBuilds to mark the launch of this update.

City Update 06: Southwest Germany is available on the in-sim Marketplace for free to all owners of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

More information is available on the Microsoft Flight Simulator website.