During the last two decades, many attempts were made to determine the global parameters of the Galaxy and to compare the Galaxy to other galaxies (Schmidt-Kaler and Schlosser 1973; de Vaucouleurs and Pence 1978; Gilmore 1984; van der Kruit 1986). While most of these investigations are based on star counts, a detailed overall study by surface photometry, because of the lack of homogeneous high-resolution data, is rare. The last attempt by van der Kruit (1986), based on Pioneer 10 data, suffered from low resolution. The great number of individual structures at low and even intermediate latitudes could not be recognized. Our work (B-band, Hoffmann et al. 1989, this volume; V-band, Schlosser, Schmidt-Kaler, and Schneider 1989; U-Band and R-band photometry, in preparation) provides this homogeneous high-resolution data.