City Update IV: Western Europe



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You must have Microsoft Flight Simulator version currently installed to download City Update IV: Western Europe.

City Update IV: Western Europe is the latest addition to Microsoft Flight Simulator’s rich global experience. Microsoft and its partners crafted five of some of Western Europe’s most renowned cities to explore from the air: France’s Annemasse; Geneva, Switzerland; Belgium’s Ghent; Luxembourg City; and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. All five were meticulously built using the latest high-resolution geographic data and provide the most realistic experience yet of these historic locales. City Update IV also includes Germany’s Cologne Bonn Airport (EDDK), which wonderfully complements the cities in this update.

Annemasse: Located in eastern France along its border with Switzerland, Annemasse has a colorful history that is intimately tied to its Swiss neighbor, Geneva. Part of the greater transnational Geneva metropolitan area (“Grand Genève”), Annemasse boasts expansive views in every direction. These include the mosaic of architecture and rolling terrain of the city, Geneva to its northwest, Lake Geneva to its north, and the towering Alps, including Mont Blanc, to the southeast.

Geneva: Situated on the shores of the southwestern extremity of Lake Geneva where it meets the Rhône river, Geneva is Switzerland’s second most populous city and one of the globe’s most important international centers. Some of world’s largest banks and commodities trading firms are based in Geneva, and the city is the headquarters to a series of United Nations groups and international aid organizations. With a history that dates to before the second century BC, Geneva is home to a wide variety of architecture, from medieval cathedrals to structures at the leading edge of modern design.

Ghent: Ghent is an important port center and the third largest city in Belgium. The Port of Ghent, the third busiest seaport in the country, is connected to the North Sea via the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal and the Western Scheldt (an estuary of the Scheldt river). The waterways of and around Ghent provide spectacular and intriguing backdrops to the myriad vistas of the modern and centuries-old architecture of this city.

Luxembourg: Located in the southern reaches of the country of Luxembourg, Luxembourg (also called Luxembourg City) is the nation’s capital and most populous city. At roughly ten miles to the west of the border with Germany, ten miles to the north of the border with France, and ten miles to the east of the border with Belgium, Luxembourg is situated in the heart of Western Europe. Luxembourg traces its roots to the Roman era, and due to its location, it has witnessed some of the most tumultuous events of modern history, notably those of World War I and World War II. Today, it is a major financial center and home to a number of important administrative bodies in the European Union, including the Court of Justice and the European Investment Fund.

Rotterdam: The second largest city in the Netherlands, Rotterdam is also Europe’s largest seaport. It is located along waterways of the Rhine River within the large delta complex of the Rhine, Meuse, and Scheldt rivers. Its location earned it the nickname “gateway to Europe,” as it connects the European continent to the Atlantic Ocean via the North Sea. Tracing its history to the 1200s, Rotterdam today is home to both classic architecture as well as some of the world’s most stunning modern structures.

Cologne Bonn Airport (EDDK): This modern facility primarily serves Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city. It also serves Bonn, which lies just to the south of Cologne, and was the capital of West Germany. The airport is located to the southeast of the city center of Cologne, just to the east of the Rhine River. This hand-crafted addition wonderfully complements the cities of the update, providing a life-like experience for pilots who wish to explore the region from any type of aircraft from a Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter to a Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental.

Microsoft Flight Simulator aviators can bask in the beautifully rendered sights of these historic cities, exploring each individually or connecting them in cross-country journeys.

City Update IV: Western Europe is available FREE to all owners of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Make sure that your simulator is running version, download City Update IV, and then relish the incredible sights that these storied cities of Western Europe offer!