MYK10: Virtual Time Travel via MYK


MYK circle.
What was everyday life like at Eltz Castle in the Middle Ages? How were the German kings crowned at Königstül in Rheins? And how busy was Sayner Hütte when she was working? With the help of “Augmented Reality”, the region of Mayen-Koblenz wants to make its rich cultural heritage digitally tangible. For this reason, the MYK10 Smart District organized a workshop with the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) under the theme “Time Travel through MYK” at Sein Castle. The goal was to establish common options for the use and design of such digitally supported time travel. After all, the region is rich in attractions, which are already visited by hundreds of thousands of day and night guests every year and most of them have a long history.

“We would like to take tourism in Mayen-Koblenz to a second digital level and thus address not only tourists, but citizens as well,” says Michael Schweibert, Deputy General Manager of Rhein-Mosel-Eifel-Touristik. From the Economic Development Agency am Middle Rhine and tourism experts from associated cities and municipalities in the region participated in the interactive workshop. This is possible in a modern way using “augmented reality”: for example, you can move your smartphone slowly in panorama mode in Alter Krahnen in Andernach and watch the cityscape from the year 1600 on the screen. He’ll show you what it was like – with the old Krahnen right on the Rhine, which was mainly laden with millstones, tuff and wine and was one of the largest loading stations on Germany’s inland waterways.


What is augmented reality?


“Augmented Reality” means “Extended Reality”. Describes the overlay of digital information in real space. A key feature of ‘Augmented Reality’ is the tangible spatial attribution – and thus extension – to the actual present. In this way, media elements can be seamlessly integrated into the physical environment and displayed using a digital peripheral device. Your smartphone or tablet becomes a tool for exciting excursions into the history of the Rhine-Moselle-Eifel region.

The Augmented Reality app in Mayen-Koblenz aims to extend culture and nature tourism to adventure tourism. Tourism experts in the entire region want to actively confront digital change and at the same time respond to the changing demands and needs of tourists in the digital age. But such a show should not only be exciting for tourists. It also gives the people of the neighborhood the opportunity to experience their homeland and its history in a new way. This is especially true for children and young people who can experience the history of their homeland in a completely new way by merging fantasy and reality.

It was especially important to the workshop participants that not only augmented reality was used, but also other interactive functions such as references to similar scenes in the area, games or puzzles for children or entering more information about the scenes via some kind of wiki. In the next step, the workshop results are compiled and refined into a project profile.

Background: Since 2020, the province of Maine-Koblenz has been one of the “Smart Cities Model Projects” selected nationwide for the former Federal Ministry of Interior, Building and Society (today the Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Construction) and KfW. Under the title “MYK10 Smart District,” future-oriented digital and analog strategies and solutions for all areas of presence will be developed here on site with the help of this funding until the end of 2027. This also includes tourism.

The impetus to develop an “Augmented Reality” app for tourism came from the MYK10 Smart District Ideas Competition held in 2021 and from REMET.


press release


Mayen-Koblenz District Administration

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