Swissminiatur, Melide

3.7
#7 of 47 in Parks in Canton of Ticino
#Nature / Park, #Must See
Swissminiatur presents important Swiss buildings, monuments, and sites in miniature. Built in 1959, the mini open-air park sits on the shore of Lake Lugano in Switzerland's Italian-speaking region. Covering an area of 1.4 hectares (3.5 acres), over 120 models of Swiss sites are displayed at a scale of 1:25. The park features moving attractions, including a 3,560 m (11,680 ft) model railway with 18 miniature trains, several cable cars ascending mountains, boats on lakes, and moving cars on highways. The miniature buildings are interspersed throughout a green park that features 1,500 different species of plants and flowers. Put Swissminiatur on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Melide trip planner .
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  • Seriously - don't waste your $. We were all ready to leave after 5 minutes. No info on any of the buildings. If you want to learn about any of the "sights", you have to stop & do a Google search.  more »
  • Park very well done with beautiful models of Swiss sites. Visit of about an hour. 2 flats: there is no shadow (apart from the terrace of the snack) and we got visit by 32 degrees so we suffered a little from the heat during the course; and the train that circled the Park and in which we can set is paid (€2 + entrance ticket). Our 5 year old daughter loved the concept... and we also!
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  • Park very clean and very well maintained. Very interesting to know places of Switzerland. If you are a member of the TCS you have 20% discount.
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  • Perfect 1.5hr stop. Our boys 2 and 4 years old enjoyed checking out the miniature models and running trains/boats. The children's train ride was a fun side. Bumper boats and bumper cars are available by tokens. To those who commented that the models need updating, there were 3 models under renovation. Food at the cafe was decent. We had pasta Bolognese, a strawberry smoothie and chicken nuggets with fries. For those with kids, there is a great pirate boat themed playground across the street that we saw as we pulled out of the parking lot.
  • This is really worth a visit if you are in the area. Over 125 different models of real places in Switzerland and when you have walked around the place you feel like you have seen most of Switzerland. Very well done, with moving trains, cable cars, funicular railways, cars driving to the real life Zurich airport with aircraft on the runway. Also a ride on train to sit on and see the country by rail. It takes 1.5 hours to see it all at a nice speed. Also has coffee, food, and ice cream.
  • Expensive, but very enjoyable. More information on each site would make it a five 🌟 experience. Two hours is about right for a visit, more if you stay for a snack. There is a good picnic area if you bring your own food.
  • Nice and well done but too small to become a real tourist attraction...i refer to Municipal Administrators: push for new ideas, don't be inactive!
  • Looks pretty much the same compared to when I was there last 40 years ago. Slightly worn out, somewhat expensive for what you get. Still okay to visit if you are in the area but wouldn't travel there just for this site..z

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