Historical maps. An app for people interested in history

"Bayern in historischen Karten" ("Bavaria in historical maps") is one of the most successful apps of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. The app offers a digital experience of a special kind indeed: You can make a fascinating journey through time by browsing Bavaria's historical maps on your tablet or smart phone.

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds one of Europe's most important map collections. With its app "Bayern in historischen Karten" it presents the great historical cartographic works of the Free State in the form of a location-based service for mobile use.

257 map sheets from the 16th to the 19th century have been digitized and geo-referenced in their entirety for the app. As a result, it is now possible to go on a fascinating discovery trip of Bavaria's cities, locations and art monuments. The unique and rare historical maps of Bavaria – from Apian's geographic tablets "Landtafeln" (1568) to the topographic atlas of the Kingdom of Bavaria ("Topographischer Atlas vom Königreiche Baiern"; 1812 – 1867) can be viewed in every detail and discovered interactively.

By means of geo-referencing the current position of the viewer is shown directly in the historical map. Using a time line, the user can navigate seamlessly between the various cartographic works. A total of over 2,500 points of interest offer more detailed information on locations, monasteries and castles in the vicinity of the user's current position, among other things also for the first time high-resolution digital copies of 800 historical location views by Michael Wening, Matthäus Merian and Hartmann Schedel. As a particular highlight the focus on Nuremberg offers a broad variety of multimedia information items about the city and the imperial castle.

The film conveys an impression of the possibilities of use.

Film about the app