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Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

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The world's largest model railway layout, Miniatur Wunderland consists of 12,000 m (39,000 ft) of tracks built in HO scale (1:87). This awe-inspiring exhibit is divided into seven sections with over nearly 900 trains, 11,000 carriages, 300,000 lights, 215,000 trees, and 200,000 human figurines. The layout includes huge panoramas of the Alps, the American West, Switzerland, Hamburg, and the fictitious city of Knuffingen. The latter features its own airport, with planes capable of taxiing and even flying. Originally started in 2000 by brothers Gerrit and Frederik Braun, this project is continuously expanding. It's expected to reach its final construction phase in 2020. Save time by booking your tickets online. Call the site in advance to arrange a behind-the-scenes tour. Make Miniatur Wunderland part of your personalized Hamburg itinerary using our Hamburg trip builder.
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  • I must admit I was a bit reluctant to visit Miniature Wunderland, but very glad a did. Absolutely incredible, amazing detail. Very crowded so choose your time. We went early evening and even then lots...  more »
  • I booked to obtain an early entrance ticket online a brilliant bit of strategy on my part. I dragged my wife along (we are both in our 60,s) but once we were inside she found it to be beyond her imagi...  more »
  • Must visit place in Hamburg for kids as well as adults. The earlier you reach there the better. Time to be spent there is a minimum of 2 hours  more »
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  • If you're in Hamburg even just for a day. You've got to see this. It's amazing. Many European countries have been created here as a miniature model. USA, too. There are so detailed with even small things have been considered while making it. When you see it, you'll understand. The Airport section, Hamburg Elbphilharmony are really good with amazing details. I've heard that they change something from time to time. It's also open for most part of the day. I was surprised when I went there at 10PM, the place was full. You also get to see the team who monitors everything from the control room. It was a great experience.
  • Thanks reviewers! I was in the neighborhood and curious so I looked up this place on Google+ and you all said to go. I did and LOVED the place. Any fans of model railroads or miniatures or spectacle or scenery or even art can't miss this. Truly an unbelievable amount of work resulting in a world wonder and a whole fun afternoon.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here! My friends took me while I was visiting them in Hamburg. There is so much to see while you are here. The amount of detail in every scene is remarkable. The staff was pleasant, and it had a nice gift shop. I highly recommend a visit here while you're in Hamburg. You won't be disappointed! :)
  • This is an awesome model construction on a vast scale. The models occupy 1500 sq m which approximates to models and scenery filling an area more than 30 feet by 500 feet in a floor space 5 times as big. The amount of automation and detail is incredible. For what is on offer it is very reasonably priced, and the support services, food and drink, are also extremely good value for money unlike many venues which take advantage when they have a captive audience. The airport is a stunning piece of moving artwork - planes land, taxi, and take off untouched by hand, meanwhile many vehicles move around doing whatever vehicles do at airports. Part of the genius of this Wunderland is the whimsy that is built into many of the scenarios - a building on fire with fire engines going to it - a piece of motorway construction with diesel road rollers and one roller towed by an elephant - endless little cameos of life. Then every 15 minutes the room lighting dims and changes to a dim blue so that the 360,000 LED lights show up, street and building lights come on. Even then the attention to detail shows, because going back to "daytime" means most vehicle headlights get extinguished except those in Sweden. There is no chance of finding the same train racing along and coming past you every few minutes, there are dozens of the 1000 trains on the move at any moment, and dozens more moving into position behind the scenes to pop into view when the computers decide. 50 computers control everything with great precision. The only set piece needing human control is in the 30,000 litre water feature in Scandinavia where the boats float into view and dock - apparently automating and controlling this is still proving difficult and 10 years on the solutions are still being pursued. Although most of the streets are static scenarios, almost 10,000 varied vehicles scurry about in many areas all with correctly functioning lights and indicators. You don't have to be a model railway fanatic to be spellbound, as long as you can appreciate craftsmanship. You certainly cannot visit just once even for several hours and come away thinking you have seen most of what is there - far from it. Be prepared to be stunned.
  • This museum is absolutely one of its kind in the world. Impressive and life-like recreations of the day and night of a few characteristic towns in different parts of the world. The varying landscapes, seasons, daily activities are overwhelmingly life-like...it's definitely worthy a visit in Hamburg, or even multiple visits. The museum area may be comparatively small but it offers a lot to see/explore among the countless scenes that have been created. Highly recommend. 👍🏻