Experience a finely curated selection of renowned European cities in the newest addition to the Microsoft Flight Simulator experience.
European Cities I is the latest exciting addition to Microsoft Flight Simulator’s rich and immersive worldwide experience. Microsoft and its partners at Bing Maps and Vexcel produced five five exemplary urban regions throughout Europe for this update: The Hague (Netherlands), Brussels (Belgium), Košice (Slovakia), Zagreb (Croatia), and Cádiz (Spain). Each was produced in the highest visual fidelity using the latest geographic information and TIN (triangulated irregular network) surface modeling.
We invite you to explore these individual cities and include them in your upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator flight adventures.
The Hague is the third most populous city in the northwestern European country of the Netherlands and the functional center of the country’s governance. The renowned city is the home of the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. Throughout the world it is recognized as the “international city of peace and justice.” Located on the North Sea Coast, The Hague offers an incredibly diverse array of 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 is the capital and most populous city of the northwestern European country of Belgium. Its rich history dates to the 10th century, and today it is a vital center of national and international governance, finance, the arts, and education. Brussels, 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 recognizable churches
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 is the governmental, cultural, educational, and economic center of eastern Slovakia. The town, which traces its lineage to the year 1230, features 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 is the capital of the Central European nation of Croatia and the country’s most populous city. It is located just south of the Slovenian border 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 the Roman times and the city today 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 theater
- Ban Jelačić Square, the central hub of Zagreb
- The Cibona Tower, Croatia’s third highest building
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. Today, Cádiz is the capital of Cádiz Province, part of Andalusia, the most populous autonomous region of Spain. Set on a strip of land surrounded by water, Cádiz is renowned for its seaside backdrop and beautifully preserved structures. 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 FREE to all owners of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Ensure that your simulator is running version 184.108.40.206, download City Update V, and enjoy soaring above the beautiful sights that each region offers! The sky is calling!
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