Since Sunday, 2 December 2018, the first TIMETRAVEL tours have started and the first impressed guests were able to experience the ride with Virtual Reality.
This unique Virtual Tourism Solution, allows the visitors to experience in VR the city of Luxembourg during the year 1867, while driving with a tour bus through the city.
We did not only develop the VR vehicle technology, but also modeled in detail the historical core of the city of Luxembourg, the Pfaffenthal. Hundreds of buildings, streets and objects had to be modeled and staged taken from historical photos and plans of the archives of the city of Luxembourg. And finally after further development the tour is launched and visitors are able to take part in the Timetravel experience.
Would you also like to enjoy this unique experience?
To enjoy a Timetravel Experience in Luxembourg you just need to write a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +352 222809. Tickets are sold at the LCTO offices.
Every Sunday 2 tours are organized at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm.
I hope you enjoy your ride and have fun experiencing Luxembourg’s past.
From 2 December visitors can plunge back into the 19th century Pfaffenthal district, while travelling by bus through the narrow streets of the suburb. Enriched with numerous photographic documents, moving images, sounds and music, this multisensory experience allows you to immerse yourself in the daily life of the district: you can see the private houses and functional buildings, such as the Vauban military barracks, while driving in an animated carriage, pulled by virtual horses.
A cultural newspaper in Luxembourg (Le Club) also reported on the upcoming project and describes how exciting the virtual time travel will be.
Read the whole article here.
Also the magazin „Paperjam“ reports about the upcoming event. Thanks to virtual reality glasses, it will be possible to see what the Luxembourg capital looked like in the 19th century.
It’s not about looking at old photos of the buildings, but about immersing yourself in the Luxembourg city more than a century ago with its daily atmosphere and life.
Read the whole article here.
Urban Timetravel, part of the DDG – Digital Devotion Group, developed a unique Virtual Tourism Solution, allowing a visitor to experience in VR the city of Luxembourg during the year 1867, while driving with a tour bus through the city. The period of 1867 is particularly important for Luxembourg, since it was the time when the international stabilization of Luxembourg as an independent state was enforced. The visitor takes a „virtual“ ride as a passenger on a horse-drawn carriage with a coachman, seeing the buildings and surroundings from the past during the drive exactly where the tour bus is located. Therefore, the reality and the virtual world melt into a perfect time travel experience. Furthermore, numerous other application scenarios are conceivable, such as the enrichment of the solution with educational contents for schools and travelling “into the future,” to revolutionize urban planning.
Urban Timetravel develops on one hand the VR vehicle technology and on the other hand modeled in detail the historical core of the city of Luxembourg, the Pfaffenthal. Hundreds of buildings, streets and objects had to be modeled and staged taken from historical photos and plans of the archives of the city of Luxembourg. The solution currently covers a core area of the Pfaffenthal and is planned to constantly expand the area covered.
Read the official press release: 17-09-26 Press release – VR Timetravel – Digital Devotion Group_eng
Would you like to participate as a VIP in an exclusive test drive on the VR-Timetravel bus?
Then register at: timetravel.vdl.lu
Pictures: RTL.lu, photographer: Paul Theisen.
A trend-setting tourism offer has just been launched in Luxembourg: tourists drive through the city with Virtual Reality (VR) glasses and find themselves back in 1867. This innovative journey through time is the world’s first mobile VR city tour.
Luxembourg/Kaiserslautern. Anyone who meets people in Luxembourg these days who pretend that they just came from 1867 should definitely take them seriously. They are not spinners or extraterrestrials, but tourists who have just completed a city tour of a special kind. Recently you can experience the Grand Duchy on a virtual bus tour into the past. „Totally crazy“ says one of the first time travellers who got into a minibus to leave the year 2019 with the help of virtual reality glasses and experience Luxembourg in 1867 on a historic carriage ride. After a brief introduction to the futuristic VR glasses, the coachman gives his horses the command and the spectacular journey through time begins. „Wow“, a passenger is amazed when he notices that the glasses allow him a 3D view in all directions. He quickly puts the glasses down again to make sure that ‚out there‘ everything is still the same – the impression and the feeling of having really disappeared completely into another world was so real. „The visitors are always totally blown away by the tour and the authenticity of what they have experienced. And they are fascinated by what is technically possible,“ says Johannes Berdin from Urban Timetravel, software developer and project manager of the innovative VR tour.
Some people stretch their hands forward to the coachman during the trip to test whether he is real. While the coachman steers the carriage through the old town and the surrounding Pfaffenthal, he tells – on request in German, English, French or Luxembourgish – what was going on in old Luxembourg 150 years ago. Cats run around and birds fly through the air. You can see the imposing bulwark, which cannot be occupied – the fortress, which no longer stands today. In 1867, Luxembourg trembled before Napoleon III, who wanted to buy the Grand Duchy, which he fortunately failed to do. The date marks the end of Luxembourg as a fortified city. A city that had long suffered from power struggles and sieges by various European states. The resulting demolition of the fortress was an important act for Luxembourg, which in the following years emancipated itself more and more as an independent, neutral state.
Will glasses simply belong to life in the future? Johannes Berdin is convinced that this is „quite certain“. „And VR glasses will surely become even smaller and more powerful over time. Our experience is that people get along incredibly well with the glasses and after a while don’t even notice that they’re wearing one. There is a similar development in museums, for example. Nowadays it is hard to imagine a guided tour without an audio guide. In the beginning, people looked a bit funny,“ says the expert, who commutes between his offices in Kaiserslautern and Luxembourg.
After about two kilometres, the journey ends in front of the (no longer existing) historical first watch station. „The coachman is asked „What are you doing here?“ by the guard, who says in the command tone: „Better take off your glasses now!“ In a glazed panorama lift, the visitors glide comfortably into the upper town and back into the real world.
The pioneering tourism innovation was developed together with the „Service des technologies de l’information et de la communication“ of the City of Luxembourg and the luxembourgish start-up company Urban Timetravel. With its time travel idea, the company is a spin-off from the DT:Hub of DDG (Digital Devotion Group), an innovation and starter centre in Kaiserslautern.
The „Time Travel“ project also includes a smartphone app developed by Urban Timetravel called „VdL-AR“. It is the starting point of the time travel package, where a tour guide first walks through the city and the visitor gets a small foretaste of the later dive into the past by means of a tablet. During the pre-tour, buildings, such as the town hall, are faded over with pictures or films from the past.
What distinguishes the Luxembourg VR project from virtual reality tours in other cities? „So far, we are the only ones offering a mobile tour,“ says Berdin. „Behind the project is a great creative achievement. Since, despite all the historical precision that the archives provided, we also had to use a lot of imagination to model buildings, facades, roofs and decorations“. Berdin and his eight colleagues, all 3D artists and VR developers, completed the tour in just six months. More than 1,000 photos, survey maps and census data from Pfaffenthal were available. Historical population registers provided information on where, for example, a butcher, a baker or a shoemaker was located. „Together with historians, we have searched through archives and also tried to get an idea of the places where we had no written or visual clues,“ says Johannes Berdin. On the basis of historical city maps, the surroundings were then reconstructed in detail on the computer.
Lydie Polfer, Mayor of Luxembourg, is also enthusiastic about the project: „Thanks to virtual reality, several innovative projects have been realized and our vision of a Smart City has come much closer,“ says Polfer, who is already looking to the future: „Further joint projects are planned with DDG, which has adapted to the characteristics of our city.
Physicists such as Steven Hawking and Kip Thorne have repeatedly asked themselves whether time travel is physically possible. Urban Timetravel’s time travel concept does not solve the question physically, but with a huge entertainment and experience value whose fascination cannot be ignored.
„Our basic idea is to jump through different epochs. And of course this would not only work with the past, but also with the future,“ says DDG boss Alexander Fridhi. Technically, for example, it’s no problem to reopen the Berlin Wall for virtual sightseeing.
I’m going to build a new one. And the Great Wall of China, 6,500 kilometers long? „This is also possible“ says Fridhi. „Everywhere where we know something about history and where we have picture and sound material at our disposal, you can get an idea of what it looked like back then.“ So there are endless possibilities when it comes to VR sightseeing. „Just as well you could look at the Colosseum in Rome 2000 years ago and then get out and touch today’s walls,“ says Fridhi. „One could revive whole Mayan sites, experience the construction of the Empire State Building and Greek temples could also be experienced virtually in this way. Luxembourg is only the beginning of the new fascinating age of time travel.
„Our Luxembourg project is proof to us that we can. The next step will be to bring it to the surface. To all cities that are interested in such a project,“ says Johannes Berdin. Enquiries from Stuttgart, Dubai, Qatar, Boston and New Orleans are already on the table. „Our clear goal is to establish our system in the world’s metropolises in a few years‘ time“.
VR trips through Luxembourg take place every Sunday at 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm.
Price: children 10 Euro, adults 15 Euro
Duration: Approx. 20 minutes
Maximum 5 persons
Order tickets online at urbantimetravel.com
Copy Editor: Ariane Lindemann
Luxembourg has something that other cities do not (yet) have: Recently you can experience the Grand Duchy on a virtual bus tour back in time. The innovative time travel is the first mobile VR city tour in the world.
With the help of virtual reality glasses, city visitors leave the year 2019 and experience the Luxembourg of 1867 on a historic carriage ride: „Visitors are totally enthusiastic about the tour and the authenticity of what they have experienced. And they are fascinated by the technical possibilities,“ says Johannes Berdin, Managing Director of Urban Timetravel. This unique tourism solution offers endless possibilities in terms of VR sightseeing. “ With this solution, you could visit the Colosseum in Rome 2000 years ago and then get out and touch today’s walls. You could also rebuild the Berlin Wall, witness the construction of the Empire State Building or experience Greek temples virtually,“ says Berdin. The Luxembourg example shows what is already possible today and what will continue to develop in the future. Together with Luxembourg, the company Urban Timetravel S.A. is presenting itself this year with its own booth in the immediate vicinity. Guy Breden from the City of Luxembourg will represent the application at the fair on a customer perspective. He will also talk about the reason why the city of Luxembourg supported the project and decided to integrate Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality into its Smart City concept.
At the booth 101a in hall 10.2 you will have the opportunity to experience a stationary version of VR driving. Daily from 11 to 16.30 half an hour.
We are looking forward to a common time travel!
6 March, 2 p.m.
Johannes Berdin (CEO of Urban Timetravel S. A.)
Guy Breden (City of Luxembourg)
Topic: Virtual Timetravel in Luxembourg: Travel to 1867 using a VR-Headset. (English)
7 March, 2 p.m.
Johannes Berdin (CEO of Urban Timetravel S. A.)
Guy Breden (City of Luxembourg)
Topic: Virtual Timetravel: A new way to experience history. (English)