Luxembourg: Futuristic VR technology will transport visitors to the past

Luxembourg: Futuristic VR technology will transport visitors to the past

It offers the chance to experience the city as it was in 1867

Luxembourg City is gearing up to launch a VR tour of the iconic Pfaffenthal district that will take visitors on a walk back to 1867. The unique virtual reality journey was developed by a German/Luxembourg company called Urban Timetravel and the project is its entry into final stages in May.

Visitors can already book time travel through the Grand Duchy’s capital as part of the Pétrusse Express. The city has also stated that in these phases the experience will be refined until it reaches its full state in November.

The future gives us a realistic representation of the past

The Pfaffenthal district of Luxembourg has been the heart of the city since the Middle Ages. The name comes from the German word priestswhat monk means and talic what valley means. The district is located on the Alzette River, in a gorge that separates the capital. During the Middle Ages, it was heavily inhabited by craftsmen and craftsmen, who used the river.

A look into the VR world of 1867, Source: Urban Timetravel on Facebook

However, the VR time travel journey takes us to the year 1867. Visitors riding the Pétrusse Express have access to headsets, which allow them to glimpse the same locations, recreated in the digital space as they looked in the mid-1900s.e century. This is one of the first voyages to use a geolocation vehicle to track the movements of passengers through space.

When the Pétrusse Express, a small tourist train, reaches the top of the valley, people are asked to put on their headphones. This will put them in the front seat of a fictional virtual horse-drawn carriage and give them the chance to look around and see what this part of town used to look like.

The company developed the virtual space using the archives of two local museums and the City Library. The first trial run was in 2018 when the system was able to support one viewer. Now he can handle 15.

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