Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg

There is a small child in each one of us waiting to be tickled out by a miniature. In 2000 twin brothers Gerrit and Frederik Braun took up the challenge and they certainly had me gasping with surprise when I visited their Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany. This is a gigantic model railway / diorama reflecting social conditions and life in various periods and places in miniature.

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg: London on the Thames
Miniatur Wunderland of the Thames in London: Photo Luftphilia CC 2.0

The completion date for this miniature wonderland for children of every age and culture is 2020. Already, it spreads out over 6,400 square metres / 68,889 square feet of floor space. There are 890 train sets of 11,000 carriages, 300 electric lights, 215,000 trees and 200,000 miniature people. This is undoubtedly the largest and most ambitious extravaganza of its kind anywhere in the world.

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg: North America
Miniatur Wunderland America: Photo by Eugene Regis CC 2.0

Getting to the Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, Germany

The Wunderland in Hamburg is on the banks of the River Elbe in the heart of Hamburg’s historic warehouse district, and less than a kilometre / half a mile from some of the most famous shopping streets in Europe. It is readily accessible from the main Hauptbahnhof train / bus station, where you can catch a subway to Baumwall on the Rathaus / Barmbek line.

If you feel like exploring the town, you can also hire a car.

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg: Scandinavian Winter Scene
Scandinavian Winter Scene: Photo by Eugene Regis CC 2.0

When you get there prepare to be astounded by amazing examples of the model maker’s art, depicting mountain ranges in Harz, the imaginary city of Knuffingen, the Austrian Alps, America, Hamburg, Scandinavia, and Switzerland. Come back soon because Italy and France are next on the agenda, and miniature Africa and England are already on the drawing board.

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg: Frederic and Gerrit Braun
Frederic and Gerrit Braun owners of Miniatur Wunderland

About Richard Farrell

Richard Farrell I tripped over a shrinking bank balance and fell into the writing gig unintentionally. This was after I escaped the corporate world and searched in vain for ways to become rich on the internet by doing nothing. Despite the fact that writing is no recipe for wealth, I rather enjoy it. I will deny I am obsessed with it when I have the time. My base is Umtentweni in South Africa on the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast (30.7167° S, 30.4667° E). I work from home where I ponder on the future of the planet, and what lies beyond in the great hereafter. Sometimes I step out of my computer into the silent riverine forests, and empty golden beaches for which the area is renowned.

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  1. 5 German Cities to Visit Before You Die - Go4Travel Blog

    […] Hamburg is Germany’s second-largest city, and is also a Unesco World Heritage Site. Known as the ‘Gateway to the world’, this intriguing city has plenty of things to see and do for those who can’t get enough of all things historical. Head to the International Maritime Museum to get a unique glimpse into Germany’s maritime history, or visit the Port if you want to see German maritime life today! If you’re a music lover, choose Hamburg over all the other German cities. This musical hub is renowned for its multi-cultural, electronic and live music scene. For kids and the young at heart, there’s the magical Miniatur Wunderland. […]

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    Angel marth

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