City Update V: European Cities released

Microsoft, in partnership with Bing Maps and Vexcel, has released European Cities I for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The update features five urban regions throughout Europe: The Hague (Netherlands), Brussels (Belgium), Košice (Slovakia), Zagreb (Croatia), and Cádiz (Spain). Each was produced in high visual fidelity using the latest geographic information and TIN (Triangulated Irregular Network) surface modelling.

The Hague in the Netherlands offers incredibly diverse sights
The Hague in the Netherlands offers incredibly diverse sights Microsoft

The Hague in the Netherlands is home to the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. Located on the North Sea Coast, the Hague offers incredibly diverse sights, including:

  • The Peace Palace
  • A number of international legal institutions
  • Het Strijkijzer (The Flatiron), an architectural award-winning skyscraper
  • The Hoftoren (Court Tower), a striking tower that stands as the third-highest building in the city
Brussels has a rich history dating back to the 10th century.
Brussels has a rich history dating back to the 10th century. Microsoft

Brussels has a rich history dating back to the 10th century. Situated in the Senne River Valley in the north-central region of Belgium, features architectural works representative of an array of styles. Sights include:

  • Royal Theatre of La Monnaie, a famed opera house
  • Church of Our Lady of Laeken, visually notable for its soaring towers
  • National Basilica of the Sacred Heart, one of the world's largest and most recognisable churches
Košice is the second largest city in the Central Europe.
Košice is the second largest city in the Central Europe. Microsoft

Košice is the second largest city in the Central European country of Slovakia after the capital, Bratislava. Located along the Hornád River at the eastern periphery of the Slovak Ore Mountains, Košice traces its lineage to 1230, featuring a medley of architecture ranging from classic to ultra-modern. Notable sights include:

  • Cathedral of St. Elizabeth, the largest church in Slovakia
  • Business Center Košice, one of the city's modern wonders and
  • Urban Tower, a renaissance bell tower
Zagreb’s history dates to Roman times.
Zagreb’s history dates to Roman times. Microsoft

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, located on the southern reaches of the small Medvednica range of mountains, part of the Dinaric Alps. Built along the Sava River, Zagreb's history dates to Roman times, and the city offers a stunning visual mosaic of the classic and elegantly modern. Some of the sights Zagreb offers include:

  • The Croatian National Theater, a beautifully ornate venue for opera, ballet, and theatre
  • Ban Jelačić Square, the central hub of Zagreb
  • The Cibona Tower, Croatia's third-highest building
Cádiz is renowned for its seaside backdrop and beautifully preserved architecture.
Cádiz is renowned for its seaside backdrop and beautifully preserved architecture. Microsoft

Cádiz, located on the Atlantic coast of southwestern Spain, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Western Europe. It was founded by the Phoenicians in 1100 BC and has served as an important port through the centuries. It is renowned for its seaside backdrop and beautifully preserved architecture. The city's architecture is some of the most stunning throughout Europe and includes:

  • Casa de Iberoamérica del Ayuntamiento de Cádiz, a former prison that is now a cultural venue
  • Cádiz Cathedral, a baroque cathedral known as 'The Cathedral of The Americas' as it was built with proceeds from trade between Spain and America
  • The ruins of the Roman Theatre of Cádiz, one of the largest structures built by the Roman Empire

City Update V: European Cities I is available on the in-sim Marketplace for free to all owners of Microsoft Flight Simulator.