Since its opening in 2000, The Miniatur Wunderland has become one of the tourist highlights of the Hanseatic city. The world's largest model railroad system is a must see for every Hamburg visitor.
The Miniatur Wunderland is the largest model railway system in the world. Visitors can admire different countries and even an airport in miniature. Up until now the sections Hamburg, Harz, Austria, America and Scandinavia are completed. There are also open construction sites, so the visitors can observe and understand the construction.
The 200 square meters Hamburg section includes all of Hamburg’s main attractions such as Michel and Hagenbecks Tierpark. With over 50.000 “Wunderländer” (as its inhabitants are called) the miniature replica of Hamburg is a bustling city. 1.500 trains arrive in the Hamburger Hauptbahnhof on a daily basis.
The story behind it
In the year 2000, the two brothers Frederik and Gerrit Braun set out to build the largest model railway system in the world. After applying for a loan, they began building in December. In August 2001 they could already operate three sections. Up until today, 1000 square meters have been built with more to follow. The next building plans are Italy and France and after Africa, England and a futuristic landscape will probably follow.