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Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg

Image - http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/(external link)
Image - Kehrwieder 2-4, Block D 20457 Hamburg Speicherstadt, Germany(external link)

The world's largest model railway (close to 1,500m²) and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Germany.

The Miniatur Wunderland has started in 2000 as a family project led by twin brothers Frederik & Gerrit Braun (right) and has been constantly growing since then.
"Our idea was to build a world that men, women, and children can be equally astonished and amazed in" - says the co-creator Gerrit Braun of the philosophy behind the project.

More than 500,000 labor hours were put in the project so far and the goal was to help visitors recognize scenes that they already might have seen in the world. Although some are real-life replicas, the majority of them originate from the creativity of the Wunderland builders.

The scenes you will find include:
  • Harz (Germany) with a Ferris Wheel having about 30,000 lights and an open air theater where the Wunderland's people are watching a play with Romeo and Juliet dancing on the balcony;
  • Knuffingen (Germany) with it's Main Fire Station target of endless emergency calls (firetrucks attend several fires that start randomly in the vicinity). The technology that runs the 90 cars in the system(external link) is groundbreaking and has been used in other areas of the Wunderland;
  • Hamburg (Germany) with a model of the Miniatur Wunderland itself;
  • Switzerland that spans over two stories, exhibits the Matterhorn of 6 meters high (took one and a half years to plan the track system that allows the trains to surmount the 6 meters difference in elevation); a concert stage that offers a DJ Bobo performance to over 20,000 miniature guests; Castello Di Montebello which shows various medieval festivities and even jousting;
  • Austria with St Wendel ski area and lifts
  • Scandinavia with its Northeast Sea having 30,000 liters of running water with 4 cm of tidal range between low and high tide; there are ships that navigate the waters and are controlled by computers using a state-of-the art ship motion detection technology(external link);
  • America with Mount Rushmore, Key West, Cape Canaveral, Las Vegas, Bryce Canyon, Area 51 (watch-out for the UFO), Half Dome from Yosemite National Park

Future expansion projects include:
  • Airport (in progress) will have an extensive car system and will simulate the take-off and landing of planes;
  • France;
  • Italy;
  • Africa, India, Great Britain, Netherlands;
  • ...and there is no end in sight...

From it's opening in 2000 until recently, the project costs were over 10,000,000 € and over 5,000,000 visitors were delighted with this creation.

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