Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

If you’re looking for the world’s largest model railway, you will find it here in Speicherstadt, Hamburg. A large stretch of warehouses by the docks of the river Elbe. This is home to Miniatur Wunderland, where the best things really do come in small packages.

Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

The entrance to Miniatur Wunderland is easily missed in the shadow of The Hamburg Dungeon. Walking up a few flights of stairs, almost as if you are walking into an apartment block, the signs stated that the entrance was currently under renovation.

Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

An area to purchase tickets sits alongside a cloakroom, where you can leave items for €0.50. A stroll through the gift shop gives a flavour of what is to come. Many t-shirts, hats and souvenirs can be found here alongside miniature train carriages, planes and keyrings.

Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

The exhibits begin with historic scenes made in miniature. The striking detail and effort that has gone into these designs is astounding. A model of The French Renaissance shows characters in a market square with each individual vegetable defined on the market stalls, this must have taken an incredible amount of time.

That is just a taster of what’s to come. The next display area features model railways from across the world. The mood lighting changes in the room to reflect the scenes both in the day, at dusk and at night. My jaw was permanently on the floor throughout.

Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

Predictably, this attraction brings out families. Children were spellbound by the scenery from all corners of the globe. A section dedicated to the city of Hamburg had everything from the main station to a live football match going on at The Volksparkstadion.

Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

Stadiums were arguably my favourite part of the whole works in this museum. Each and every spectator had been handcrafted along with soundtracks playing to create the true atmosphere of a rock concert or football match. This is skill on an extreme scale.

The Swiss railway section of the exhibit is huge. The whole mountainside continues down two floors of the museum with multiple trains on an impossible length of track. The detail of the cable cars, ice skaters and city life continuing around the whole display is mind blowingly good.

Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

Other railway exhibits in the upstairs section cover Las Vegas, Miami Beach, Norway, Sweden and other parts of Germany. The ambition of the creative force behind Miniatur Wunderland seems to be to create the whole world in miniature. Good luck to them, I say.

Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

Just before going downstairs, there is a real sight to behold. An actual functioning airport modelled on Knuffingen Airport between Germany and Switzerland. Here, you can actually witness planes taking off and landing with realistic sounds coming from the jets. Unbelievable, especially with the day and night lighting.

Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

Downstairs, you can follow the route of the Swiss railway going through the mountains from the upper levels to the base level. The landscapes also change as Italy now comes into view. Full displays of The Amalfi Coast, Rome, Tuscany and Venice are all beautifully crafted. As a traveller whos journeys have included these places, it really brought a smile to my face.

Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

There are displays that are a work in progress such as Provence and London but the work achieved here so far is mesmerising. The skilled hands that have made these displays come to life deserve tremendous plaudits. You cannot leave Hamburg without stopping here.

Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

The bistro at the end of the tour serves the traditional German staple, currywurst. There are other options but many go for this popular sausage in curry sauce with fries meal, and why not?

Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

Prices in the bistro are fair and the seating arrangements are a lovely touch – exactly the same as on a train. Along with the quirky setting, the food was actually very tasty and at a fair price.

Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

A visit to Miniatur Wunderland will cost you just €15 for an adult ticket with child tickets coming in at €11 for school children over 16 and €7.50 for under 16’s. Outstanding value for an attraction such as this.

Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

It’s hard to find the superlatives to express just how good spending time at Miniatur Wunderland really is. I have nothing but admiration for the skill, effort and vision of the people behind these incredible displays. Do yourself a favour and catch a flight to Hamburg.

Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

Opening Times: Daily 0930-1800

Nearest U-bahn Station: Baumwall

Website: www.miniatur-wunderland.com

*Our visit to Miniatur Wonderland was through media accreditation

 

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6 Comments

  1. January 23, 2019 / 1:10 pm

    I loved Miniatur Wunderland when I went. It looks like they’ve updated a lot though so I’ll have to return when I go back. Additionally it seems the order has changed as you’d come up via the cafe and out through the gift shop so you’ve explored it in reverse to my visit haha.

    • Chris
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 2:32 pm

      Hi Jason – They were updating the entrance I believe when we visited so that could be why. Either way, it’s an unbelievable exhibition and one of the best times that we have ever spent at an attraction in Germany, you must come back and check out the updated scenes, all of them are incredible.

  2. January 23, 2019 / 5:31 pm

    This looks like an amazing place to visit! I’ve never been anywhere like this but I’m adding it to my Bucket List 🙂

    • Chris
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 5:39 pm

      Hi Megan! It’s such a cool place. I can’t get over how much work has gone into it. It’s worthy of a place on anyones bucket list! Have a great time if you go!

  3. January 24, 2019 / 4:47 pm

    Wow, this looks like a really cool place! I’ve never been to Hamburg but it may have to go on my list now! Thanks for sharing Chris!

    Ashleigh x

    • Chris
      Author
      January 24, 2019 / 6:19 pm

      That’s fantastic Ashleigh! Hamburg is such a cool place and well worth a visit!

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