I just made such an annoying discovery about Google Street view in Germany. Jeeez. Have you ever brought up all of Germany on Google Maps and drag and hold the Street view icon over it and hold ? ..... well you will find that only the centre of a handful of the major cities are covered ! .. in contrast with the rest of Europe/world. Why is it relevant to me just now ? Well I am coming to the climax of my MI5 spy novel and had it all planned to happen in the West of Germany between Frankfurt and Luxembourg. The action has been in London/USA until now and I planned to spend a few days exploring Frankfurt and the roads to Trier , and Trier itself using Google Street View before writing the final chapters. What a bummer. Now I am in a pickle. I have no way of knowing the landscape, roads and landmarks, and small local street views ... so either I make it up completely ... or I change the location to Belgium/Brussels.