Drone Raw Footage | Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China
It’s one of the wonders of the world, truly earning the title “Great.” Now, you can rise high above the Wall with this jaw-dropping 4K drone footage of the Great Wall of China. It takes well over an hour of soaring exploring to truly convey the epic scope and scale of this unbelievable achievement, so come fly along the Wall to see it all!
Explore the Civil War Battleground of Gettysburg
Gettysburg 360° Virtual Tour
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA
A bucket list stop for many a history buff, no need to wait until you can get there in person to explore interest points at this pivotal battle site. With 360 views and clickable icons that bring up photos (including some very striking ‘now and then’ images) and detailed information for 15 different sites, this is a jackpot of Civil War history. Dive deeper into the site for a wealth of accompanying information including animated maps, fast facts, videos, VR tours, a trove of images and more.
Let the Walls Do the Talking in the Ancient Tomb of Menna
Part Egyptian tomb, part art museum, the Tomb of Menna provides a look into the life of the ancient Egyptian official Menna via the intricate scenes painted on the tomb’s walls. Painstakingly conserved in 2007, the tomb’s artwork is a true passport to the past.
See the Taj Mahal from a Helicopter
Possibly the world’s most dazzling monument to everlasting love, constructed in memory of a 17th century emperor’s wife, see this stunning “New Wonder of the World” in 360 from the ground, inside the grounds, and even from above via rare aerial photographs.
Explore the Depths of an Ancient Egyptian Queen's Tomb
Ever wanted to see the inside of an Egyptian tomb fit for a queen? Thanks to a 3D modeling project by Harvard University, it’s never been easier to travel back to B.C. times and do just that. A new virtual tour unveils the rock-cut royal tomb of Queen Meresankh III, replete with stunning bas-relief art and a winding staircase down to its depths.
Restore the Ancient Temples of Bagan
Talk about cultural cred—the ancient city of Bagan has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its rich historical legacy. The former capital of the Pagan Kingdom once played home to over 4,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas, and monasteries, but few are still intact after a series of earthquakes ravaged the region. Imagine what once was, thanks to this VR and 360 tour with digitally restored remains.
Take an Elevator Ride to the Top of the Eiffel Tower
Follow real-time visitor footsteps with the same butterflies as if you were really on this this bottom-to-top Eiffel Tower elevator ride…and stick around for the 360 views from the observation deck nearly 1,000 feet up!
The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra
Los Angeles, California, USA
You may not recognize Palmyra by name, but ancient civilizations recognized the city as one of the great destinations, meeting places and metropolises. With conflicts in Syria costing priceless monuments on its land, Palmyra’s glory and impact is remembered in the virtual tour of The Getty Center’s exhibition, The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra, with an interactive interface to enhance the timeless story.
Visit Frida Kahlo at Home
Museo Frida Kahlo
Mexico City, Mexico
File this one under “Museums You’d Want to Live In.” Just as Frida Kahlo went beyond being an accomplished painter to become a feminist icon and a legend for her cause, her home transcended being a building to become a museum and artwork all its own. Known as the Blue House (aka Casa Azul), her family home in Mexico City lives on as a collection devoted to her work, life and legacy. Peer into her world and fall in love with this vibrant abode via a top-notch virtual walkthrough, which also showcases some of her most recognizable artwork such as “Long Live Life” (1954).
Visit a Fairy Tale-worthy Castle
How very Bavarian! Surrounded by legendary forest and perched atop a rugged hill, Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th Century German hideaway that feels right at home in a fairy tale. With this virtual tour that includes aerial views and detailed room-by-room 360 walkthroughs, you can make yourself feel right at home, too. (Note: this castle might look a mite familiar to Disney World visitors…)
Tour Jerusalem's Holiest Mosque
Experience a pilgrimage through the power of modern tech, to one of the most sacred spaces on Earth. One of Islam’s holiest sites comes to vivid 4K, ultra-high definition life as you join the millions and generations of visitors to the holy land of the al-Aqsa Mosque grounds, presented in 360 degrees.
Stroll the "Garden of Europe"
How does their garden grow? No, seriously… how did they do this? Keukenhof, known as the Garden of Europe, is a stunning Dutch park with 7 million flower bulbs that bloom in a colorful spectacle you’ll grow crazy for. This 4k virtual tour video is so thorough, it takes an hour to explore every awesome blossom!
Enter Buckingham Palace
Give yourself the virtual royal treatment and go from your castle to the British Royal Family’s in a breathtaking 360 video! Courtesy of BBC, this tour encompasses ornate details and sweeping grandeur alike, taking you inside the state rooms and along the treasures of the Royal Collection. The only way to get any closer would be tea with the Queen… and we aren’t ruling that out!
Walk the Roman Forum
When in Rome… even in your own home! The historic center of Ancient Rome is proudly presented in high-definition 4K, so clear and detailed you can practically count the stones in the beautifully-preserved ruins. This Forum must be seen to be believed, and this virtual tour video lets you walk in the sandal-steps of the Romans, including the spot where Julius Caesar was cremated.
See the World's Biggest Castle
What’s even more impressive than a castle? The biggest castle on Earth, of course! The Malbork Castle and fortress in Malbork, Poland is the world’s largest by land area; you can save quite a few steps on your walking tour by taking this thorough and beautifully-crafted virtual tour, divided into a series of 360 experiences.
Versailles: The Palace is Yours
A private virtual tour of the former home of French royalty.
Check Out the View from Lady Liberty's Torch
Statue of Liberty Virtual Tour
New York City, New York, USA
Take a scenic bite out of the Big Apple by taking in the view from atop the Statue of Liberty, 350 feet over the Hudson River. This virtual tour gives the full experience, from ascending the funky double helix staircase to browsing the on-site museum. Find out firsthand why the U.S. has carried a torch for this icon since 1886!
Tour a Stately Monument in Cairo
Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Barquq
As the first facility built during the Burji dynasty, the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Barquq provides a fitting architectural passport back to the era of Islamic rule in Egypt. In the late 1300s, the monument served as a religious education complex — replete with a mosque, madrassa, khanqah and domed mausoleum. Get a close-up look at this iconic Islamic mecca with this 360 virtual tour.
See Red at this Sacred Monastery in Egypt
Talk about sacred ground: the Red Monastery has been a spiritual center for many generations of monks and nuns, and seeing this basilica is also a religious experience of sorts for those who love art and architecture. Marvel at the pristine restoration of its painted interior and examine altar artifacts via this breathtaking 3D tour.
Check into a Real Castle (Virtual Style)
Talk about the luck of the Irish; the residents of this County Mayo, Ireland Castle were fortunate to call this fortress “home.” This incredible structure was expanded through the medieval times, into the Victorian era, and into modern day with the ultimate twist: updating it into a 5-star hotel! You’ll be starry-eyed as you take in this series of beautiful 360 photos.
Zoom Room by Room through a French Castle
Château de Chambord
Visit a stunning French castle… with none of the hassle. The distinctive blend of French Renaissance and medieval architecture and collected artworks of The Château de Chambord make this a thorough trip through multiple eras of history. This series of 360 videos takes you room-by-room and up close to the majesty with simple zooms.
Appreciate Art Inside a 4,400-Yr-Old Tomb
You’re going to want to “carve” out some time for this one! Beneath the sands of the Saqqara archaeological site in Cairo lies the 4,400-year-old burial tomb of Egyptian priest Wahtye. A virtual tour reveals a remarkably well-preserved array of hieroglyphs, reliefs, and carved rock sculptures — giving an artful look into life (and death) in ancient Egypt.
Summer with a Russian Tsar
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Russian tsars…they’re just like us. That is, if you spend your summers in an ornate palace nearly half a mile long. Marvel at the exquisite exterior of the Catherine Palace, a Rococo-style palace located 30 km south of St. Petersburg.
Kiss the Blarney Stone (Virtually, of Course)
Your Irish (or Italian, or Japanese, or German, or…you get the point) eyes will be smiling at this virtual tour of the 1446-build Blarney Castle. One of Ireland’s premier attractions, the charming castle grounds feature a set of wishing steps, a “poison garden,” and the infamous Blarney Stone—reputed to give the gift of gab to anyone who kisses it.
Step into the World's Largest Castle Complex
Prague, Czech Republic
Dating more than 1,000 years back, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world. (The Guinness Book of World Records said so!) Find out why it’s one for the record books with this 360 tour of its sprawling campus. Architecture aficionados are sure to have a royally good time, with an array of styles represented from Romanesque through Gothic.
Explore the Civil Rights Trail
This interactive map of the United States’ Civil Rights Trail highlights places and moments that have paved the road, imparting history through captivating images and text. Meet the heroes behind the movement and learn the stories that blazed new trails for civil rights.
Explore the Nooks and Crannies of a 13th Century Fortress
Sidon Sea Castle
Transport yourself back in time to the thirteenth century, when Sidon Sea Castle was first built by the Crusaders as a fortress of the holy land. Located on the coast of Lebanon, this stunning historical site provides a literal bridge to the past. Some historians believe other remnants of the city of Sidon lie beneath the surrounding sea — get lost in your imagination with this 360 tour.
Get a Peek at the World's Largest Occupied Castle
A Royal home and fortress for over 900 years, Winsdor Castle, the largest occupied castle in the world, remains a working palace today. The Queen uses the Castle both as a private home, where she usually spends the weekend, and as an official Royal residence at which she undertakes certain formal duties from Investitures to State Visits. The first tour is of a traditional State Banquet in St George’s Hall. Click on the small images underneath the tour to access the other rooms: the Waterloo Chamber and the Crimson Drawing Room. In each tour, you can access more information by clicking on the ‘i’ icons.
Enter the Queen's Throne Room
Though Buckingham Palace is only open to visitors during the summer, you can enjoy a virtual tour of this UK landmark all year round. Take this chance to snoop through the height of English splendor, with trivia tidbits and 3D tours of the grand staircase, drawing room, and the storied Throne Room (*not* the bathroom, curiously). All hail the Queen!
Go Inside the Stones of Stonehenge
If the gods played dominos, it might look like Stonehenge. This mysterious monument beckons nearly 800,000 tourists each year to the English countryside to walk its enigmatic stone labyrinth that took an estimated 1,500 years to erect. Instantly transport yourself there with this interactive 360 tour.
Visit the White House
Washington D.C., USA
Oh, the stories the White House would tell if walls could talk! Since they can’t, here’s the next best thing: a fact-filled virtual tour of these distinguished digs in Washington D.C. Every president since John Adams has inhabited this world-famous residence, and its legacy is on full display in this art- and history-filled tour. Why watch “The West Wing” when you can hang out in the real thing?
Wander the Only Remaining Wonder of the Ancient World
The Great Pyramid of Giza
Gawk like an Egyptian: the Great Pyramid of Giza is truly a sight to behold. The oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the 481-foot-tall pyramid is on glorious display in this 3D virtual tour. (Look closely, and you might even spot someone riding a camel in the vicinity.)
360-Degree View from the World's Tallest Building
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Everything’s bigger in Dubai, so it’s no surprise that the Arabian city boasts Burj Khalifa as the world’s tallest building at 2,717 feet tall. Get a sky-high, panoramic view of it all from the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, where you can see sights including Dubai Creek, the Dubai Opera House, and the vast skyline (which looks like a Lego model in relation to the towering Burj Khalifa).
Visit Queen Elizabeth's Home in Scotland
The Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Queen’s official residence in Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse plays host to people from all walks of life during Investitures, Garden Parties and other events. The first tour is of the magnificent Grand Stair. Click on the small images underneath the tour to access the other rooms: the Morning Drawing Room and the Royal Dining Room. In each tour, you can access more information by clicking on the ‘i’ icons.
Walk Around Edinburgh Castle
Great Scot! This historic fortress creates a formidable impression in the landscape of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. But no need to be intimidated; this friendly virtual tour walks you step by step through the castle walls for a 360 view of the amazing architecture and inspiring art within.
Travel Back in Time to Photorealistic Ancient Angkor
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Once the capital city of the Khmer Empire, Angkor is considered one of the premier archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Along with the world’s largest religious monument (Angkor Wat), Angkor was known as the “hydraulic city” for its progressive irrigation system. Hop in the DeLorean and go back in time with the “Virtual Angkor” site, which provides an eerily realistic look at how the Angkor civilization once lived.
Strike a Pose with Christ the Redeemer
360 View Highlights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Perched atop Mount Corcovado is the larger-than-life Christ the Redeemer statue, considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and the world’s largest Art Deco statue. Though two million people flock to Rio de Janeiro to see the statue each year, how many actually get the chance to go face to face with the big guy? This 360 tour provides just that, offering 12 breathtaking vantage points.
Walk Among the Largest Collection of Ruins South of the Sahara
The Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Did you know the word “Zimbabwe” means “large house of stone” in Shona? This stonewalled historical site surely lives up to its moniker. Once literally fit for a king, the city of Great Zimbabwe is now considered the largest collection of ruins south of the Sahara. Imagine what once was with this 360 view of the Hill Complex, thought to be occupied between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries as the former capital of Zimbabwe.
Visit an Historic Mexican Castle
Chapultepec Castle & National Museum of History
Mexico City, Mexico
Jaw-dropping murals and painted ceilings? Check. Sprawling views of Mexico City fit for a king? Check. Centuries worth of history within its walls? Yep. Dating back to 1785, Chapultepec Castle ticks all the boxes for a must-visit site, and this 360 photo tour makes it easy to explore this historic hilltop castle (and the National Museum of History housed inside).
See The Skies (Live!) Above Stonehenge
Considered by some to be the world’s most mysterious place, Stonehenge is a must-visit on any world traveler’s bucket list. And what makes this ancient circle of stones even cooler is its gorgeous juxtaposition with the English countryside surrounding it. Check out this live 360 view that positions this prehistoric gem against a variety of skyscapes. (Okay, now you’re just showing off, Stonehenge.)
Play with Panoramic Views at the Eiffel Tower
If Paris is the City of Lights, the Eiffel Tower is the brightest bulb in the bunch. Dating back to 1887, this sophisticated wrought-iron tower has become synonymous with the Paris experience. Enjoy panoramic views of Paris and its treasured tower, as well as the surrounding Champs de Mars, with this 360 photo tour. Viva la revolution!
See Red (and Every Other Color) at St. Basil's Cathedral
St. Basil's Cathedral
It may look like it’s straight out of the “It’s a Small World” ride at Disneyland, but St. Basil’s Cathedral is a pretty magical place all on its own. Built in the mid-1500s under Ivan the Terrible, the Russian Orthodox church is located on Moscow’s Red Square. Initially painted white, the cathedral later took on its current Technicolor incarnation as an ode to the Book of Revelation. See its painstaking detail up close with this virtual 360 model.
Go Inside the State Kremlin Palace
The State Kremlin Palace
The auditorium of the State Kremlin Palace seats 6,000 people, but this virtual tour is never at capacity! Get an 3D tour of this grand performance venue in Moscow, home of the Kremlin Ballet and considered the “main stage” of the country. With a stage that can hold 1,000 actors at once, super-sized entertainment lives here.
Vatican: Room of the Chiaroscuri
Apostolic Palace, Vatican Museums
Incredible art and design is held just as sacred in the Holy Land of the Vatican. No need to take a pilgrimage to this ornate and astounding room located in the medieval core of the Apostolic Palace; this virtual tour offers a comprehensive 360 perspective that allows up-close look at its countless details. Whatever your spiritual beliefs, you’ll be moved by this artistic wonder.
Vatican: Niccoline Chapel
Apostolic Palace, Vatican Museums
Some of the finest, most inspired art in history comes from the collections of the Vatican, including the decoration of the Chapel, one of the great works of fifteenth-century Italy and readily viewable through the 360 view provided by this thorough virtual tour through the holy space.
Vatican: The Raphael Rooms
Apostolic Palace, Vatican Museums
Raphael’s rich tributes to the glory of humankind’s achievements and strengths fit in perfectly in the epic landscape of the Vatican. The Italian Master and his school contributed the vivid decorations across these rooms between 1508 and 1524, and centuries later are preserved and viewable through the 360 perspective of this virtual tour.
Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
Michelangelo Buonarroti, Vatican Museums
The old saying goes, “If these walls could talk…” Well, the walls and ceiling of the Sistine Chapel alike tell a timeless tale that made such a massive impact on world art and architecture, it remains one of the most famous and important works of human achievement in history. Explore every stunning inch with the 360 view available through this virtual tour.
Chiaramonti Museum, New Wing
Vatican City Vatican City
The Chiaramonti Museum is set out in the long loggia which joins the small Palace of the Belvedere to the Vatican Palaces. It is named after pope Pius VII Chiaramonti (1800-1823) and marks a very dramatic period in the history of the Vatican Collections.
Vatican: Chiaramonti Museum
The powerful collections of sculptures, paintings and other artworks available at the Vatican have inspired travelers from all around the globe to come and witness them in awestruck person. These ancient artists could never have imagined the opportunities technology could provide—like a virtual tour of these works that are literally held sacred world-over.
Vatican: Pio Clementino Museum
You don’t have to set foot in Italy to step into its historic collections. The “pontifical collections” of classical sculptures in this museum are a fascinating combination of donated gifts and excavated discoveries… and now you can discover them for yourself, with this immersive virtual tour that provides a 360 perspective on these wonders.
Visit the Catacombs of Paris
What happens underground doesn’t always stay underground, thanks to the ability to visit The Catacombs of Paris. Originally built to consolidate Paris’ ancient stone quarries, this storied subterranean labyrinth contains the remains of more than six million people. Make no bones about it: these catacombs are one of Paris’ top tourist attractions.
Get Tipsy with The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Why travel thousands of miles to view Italy’s famous tower when it’s easy as a quick click? Get a true “pisa” Italy with TouristTube’s virtual tour of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Helpful hint: choose view #5 to see close-up details such as stone carvings and the smooth white marble that comprises most of the tipsy 186-foot bell tower.
Find Your Zen at This Golden Temple
Get in touch with your inner golden child at the Golden Pavilion of Kyoto, aka “Kinkaku-Ji.” A golden phoenix sits atop this gilded pagoda, which has been a Zen temple of importance since 1408. Take a virtual stroll through its peaceful grounds and gardens, and say “konnichiwa” to its beauty and grace.
Trek To The Top of Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu District, Peru
Known as the “Lost City,” Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel that was hidden to the outside world for centuries and rediscovered in 1911. Take an awe-inspiring virtual trek through what is now Peru’s most in-demand attraction — all the way up to its peak — and you’re sure to emerge in an (Incan) Empire state of mind. Happy trails!
Space Out at the International Space Station
Get your zero gravity on with Google Earth’s in-depth virtual tour of the International Space Station. Sadly, no George Clooney sightings to be found, but the chance to see how astronauts live, explore and learn 254 miles above Earth more than makes up for it. Touch the sky and learn something along the way with 18 different views!
Explore One of India's Crown Jewels
The Taj Mahal may have taken over 20 years to construct, but you can fully appreciate this glorious mausoleum in mere minutes. Located on India’s River Yamuna, this monument first broke ground in 1632 as Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s ode to his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal. See each facet of this crown jewel through an in-depth virtual tour of 22 different areas of the monument, plus narrated mini-movies (one of which depicts Princess Di in a rare moment of solitude).
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is one of the greatest sights in the world — the longest wall in the world, an awe-inspiring feat of ancient defensive architecture. Its winding path over rugged country and steep mountains takes in some great scenery. In this 360 tour, take in some of the amazing vistas available along this remarkable 2,300 mile iconic historical landmark.
See the Lights of the Forbidden City
Chinese Lantern Festival
A Technicolor view of Beijing’s Forbidden City awaits inside this captivating virtual tour. Enter through the Gates of Divine Prowess (or Shenwumen), and prepare to trip the light fantastic with these megawatt shots of the 2019 Chinese Lantern Festival.
Get a VR Window Into Ancient Egypt
Hang onto your headsets—you’re in for a fascinating VR ride through the tombs of ancient Egypt! Get an all-access window into seven different tombs as you traverse the time-tested confines of pharaohs, queens and nobles. It’s all part of the Osirisnet project, an initiative to reveal as many Egyptian tombs and mastabas as possible.
Visit One of Cairo's Famed Jewish Sites
Ben Ezra Synagogue
See the synagogue located on the site where locals believe baby Moses was found with a virtual tour of Ben Ezra Synagogue, a beautiful, historical treasure trove that housed thousands of significant religious documents. Once a Coptic Orthodox church, the site now functions as a museum and is one of the most visited Jewish sites in Cairo.
This Irish Castle Tour Makes Any Day Lucky
Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens
Talk about a towering achievement! This Irish castle stands tall as an impressive achievement in Gothic Revival architecture, and you can be inspired by each and every spire in this in-depth 360 virtual tour before you cyber-stroll through the beautiful garden in the surrounding grounds.
Cheers the Day Away at a Napa Castle and Winery in One
Castello di Amorosa
Calistoga, California, USA
Wine not take a look at a classic castle and wondrous winery all-in-one? Castello di Amorosa sits in the gorgeous green landscape of Napa Valley and attracts fans of architecture, art and fine wine alike from all around the world. Here you can look all around the castle and winery with this virtual tour video and series of 360 images. Cheers!
See One of the World's Oldest Construction Projects
Gaudí's La Sagrada Familia: Barcelona’s Unfinished Masterpiece
The unfinished church La Sagrada Família in Barcelona is a one-of-a-kind temple, for its origins, foundation and purpose. Fruit of the work of genius architect Antoni Gaudí, the project was promoted by the people for the people. Five generations now have watched the Temple progress in Barcelona. Today, more than 135 years after the laying of the cornerstone, construction continues and is expected to be completed in 2026. This fascinating video from “Real Engineering” takes you through the project from conception to now.