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Europe Scenery Download

This scenery covers about 600 000 sq km in Europe. It includes the European Alps and extends well into Germany, France and Italy.

The scenery is divided into several smaller blocks, so you can download the ones that cover your area of interest.

New version 1.2

Version 1.2 of the Europe scenery is compatible with the previous version. Simply delete the old block directories and unzip the new ones into the base scenery directory (typically SilentWings\data\scenery) for the areas you wish to upgrade.


  • Enhanced textures (improved colors and substantial cloud removal)
  • Addition of forests (Blocks marked with a tree in the map below)
  • The terrain elevation mesh accuracy has been drastically improved by using ~20 meter DEM data. This means that mountain ridges and peaks are now better represented, especially sharply pointed peaks such as the Matterhorn. The downside (besides taking up more space) is that older computer hardware may battle a bit with the higher resolution mesh. If you experience performance problems try lowering the terrain resolution in the graphics options in the GUI.
  • The scenery block, storage has been changed to improve performance. There should now be a large improvement in scenery loading times and the unzipping of the scenery blocks should be a lot quicker as they now contain far fewer files.
  • The scenery block, file names have been changed to reflect the actual directory names used on the hard disk when extracted. This is in order to simplify the process of installing/upgrading/replacing scenery blocks. If the new naming convention is confusing or you're unsure how to upgrade older scenery please let us know in the Technical Support forum


To install the scenery packages, download the zip file and unzip it to the data\scenery folder. If you installed in the default location, this will be c:\Program Files\Silent Wings\Silent Wings\data\scenery.

For linux, this would be $SW_HOME/data/scenery

Select this as "Target Folder" in your unzip program and extract the files.
You should now have a subdirectory called "Europe" in the scenery folder.

The resolution and quality of this scenery is somewhat lower than the default Minden scenery.
The reason for this is that the free sources of geographical data for Europe is considerably lower quality than similar data for the U.S.

We still feel that the scenery looks good, though, and it is very well suited for review of IGC logs, and for getting familiar with the region.


Download each scenery block by clicking on the corresponding area in the map below.


The gliding centre at St. Auban contains buildings and hangars orignally made for Microsoft Flight Simulator by Mr. Roland STUCK who has kindly let us use his excellent work.

High resolution DEM data was kindly provided by Jonathan de Ferranti of Viewfinder Panoramas.

3rd party add-on scenery

In addition to the scenery found here, go to Rudolf Schider's site for even more Europe scenery:

Europe addon scenery for Silent Wings