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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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Hamburg holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Miniatur Wunderland and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The attention to detain is stunning, and the amount of work and dedication is incredible - but it is model trains. Trains. Trains all the time. I lost interest after 10-15 minutes.  more »
  • We have come against 11 and had a wait time of 3 hours. Since we had to be already at the cruise terminal. So empty-handed again gone. If you watch this will then necessarily quite early or reserve on the Internet. Too bad I that there was no way, found a "Jump the line" ticket to buy.
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  • The miniature Wonderland offers fun and excitement for the whole family. The kids were super happy is very great.
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  • Neat place. Several levels of tiny models, with buttons you could press for a variety of interactive components, which was fun. The airport model was very cool. We spent more time here than we had planned to- about 3.5 hours. We thought it may have been for young kids but my boyfriend loved it. Buy tickets in advance to skip the wait time. Student discount offered.
  • Awesome! I didn't expect it to be so cool and long. We stayed there for 3 hours and we didn't really see every detail of it. The special effects (night, volcano, thunderstorm,..) were really well made and the details and love people worked in there is really incredible. A little downside: it was a little too crowded so you had to wait a little everytime you wanted to change your viewing pleasure. The restaurant in there is okay, not the best, if course, but good for a quick bite. Unfortunately our Schnitzel wasn't done. Respite the fact that there were a lot of people in there,it was easy for us to get a seat for 5. The entrance fee is actually really low for what you get. The kids had a lot of fun as well, donuts definitely worth to spend half a day.
  • An amazing place to go to. There is reasonably priced food, and an amazing selection. Also amazing is the fact that of of the models were built by hand. It is interactive in that the visitors can press buttons to trigger specific things in the mini world. From America to Pompeii to Hamburg itself, it has many places of the world. There is even a mini chocolate factory which gives real small prices of chocolate!
  • Brilliant! These guys could teach other tourist attractions a thing or two, especially their German counterparts! It's obvious that whoever owns and runs this LOVES what they do and have an extraordinary passion for it. The staff are not only genuinely friendly, but they're relaxed and seem to enjoy what they do. It really sets the tone from the get go ☺ In terms of the attraction itself, all I can say is wow wow wow. It truly is a work of art. If you're in Hamburg, make sure to pay it a visit. Best to book in advance and allow two hours to go around it.
  • A miniature world of surprising detail. Not only for fans of model trains. We spent around 4 hours here taking a look at everything. There are tours to see behind the scenes (literally), and even though we did not get a place in one they looked to be very interesting. Just make sure to book in advance.

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