New Munich attraction allows virtual time travel

A new attraction called TimeRide has opened in the heart of Munich city centre, promising to provide tourists with an immersive flight above Bavaria, and through the rich history of its capital city,

Employing the latest Virtual Reality (VR) technology and a richly researched and designed animated world, TimeRide takes its visitors on a unique time travel ride through over 7,000 years of history passing historical landmarks from the first settlers to the visionary projects of King Ludwig II. In a peacock wagon – a fictional aircraft invented by the eccentric 19th century monarch – visitors wearing VR headsets become time travellers, meeting Emperor Barbarossa as he calls for the crusade, experiencing the first ever train journey in Germany or witnessing the very first Oktoberfest.

More than 21,500 buildings, 2.5 million trees and 80,000 people create a detailed virtual world into which the visitor is completely immersed. As well as VR, sensory experiences such as wind and motion help to create an immersive simulation of a ride through time, while the whole journey is accompanied by an original score, recorded by a 60-piece orchestra. The tour is designed for visitors of all ages and takes about 45 minutes.

Photo: King Ludwig II’s peacock wagon is one’s vehicle for time-travelling