but there are other restrictions elsewhere in the country aren't there, Mignon?
Nigel until now I wasn't even aware that there was a topic with it. I only use Street View in big cities and that's why I never noticed that it doesn't exist anywhere else in Germany.
I know that what you see is out dated and that it is/was possible to make your house unrecognizable.
Here's what I found on Wikipedia about it (google translated):
In August 2010 google announced that the map service would be provided for the 20 largest cities in Germany at the time: Berlin, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Bremen, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne, Leipzig, Mannheim, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Wuppertal.
From August 2010 one could request that one's own house be made unrecognizable before publication. This objection period ended in October 2010. Even after Street View has been published, contradictions are possible.
In 2010 google announced that it would not expand or update the area covered by Street View in Germany.
In October 2019 Welt am Sonntag reported that there were discussions between google and the Hamburg data protection authority to clarify the current legal situation. Up for discussion is whether the legal right to pixelation still applies and whether another authority might be responsible now that google now has its European headquarters in Ireland. Apparently, after more than ten years in Germany, google is planning to update its images or expand the Street View program.
From 2020 to 2022 Street View cars were on the road again in Germany (I can confirm this because one even stood in my driveway what I thought was pretty rude because it is definitely private property). This fuels speculation that the service will return to Germany, but according to google the new image data will only be used to update the map services, and there are "no plans" to publish the images.