Miniature Worlds are not just for the children adults too can loose themselves in the fascinating mini scenes that include tiny houses set in wonderful mini scenic villages and towns with working miniature railways transporting tiny figures to and fro, a working airport with miniature planes all in perfect detail, or miniature cablecars gliding upwards towards the ‘snowy’ peaks of miniature mountains. Across the globe there are many of these miniature worlds waiting to be discovered, some have been brought into existance by enthusiasts that have spent years perfecting and expanding their Mini Worlds and are eager to share them with people and see the enjoyment these tiny worlds bring to their faces.
Mini-Europe is a miniature park located in Bruparck at the foot of the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium. Mini-Europe has the reproductions of the most attractive monuments in the European Union on show, at a scale of 1:25. Roughly 80 cities and 350 buildings are represented. The park is renowned for the quality of its models, some of which cost as much as €350,000 to make (the Brussels Grand-Place). The park contains numerous live action models (train, mills, eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Airbus, cable cars, etc). A guide gives the details on all the monuments. At the end of the visit, the “Spirit of Europe” exhibition gives an interactive overview of the European Union in the form of multimedia games. The park is built on an area of 24,000 m². The initial investment was of €10 million in 1989, on its inauguration by Prince Philip of Belgium.
The Miniatur Wunderland is the world‘s largest model railway and Hamburg‘s tourist attraction no. 1. More than 15 million visitors from all over the world have already visited this superlative miniature world. Spreading over 1,490 square meters, a unique and outstanding exhibition arose in 760,000 man hours and it keeps on growing. Next to sophisticated technologies, Wunderland is known for its captivating richness of detail: 250,000 figures lovingly set in scene, moving cars and ships – even airplanes are taking off and landing at Knuffingen Airport every minute. Since Autumn 2016 the new section, Italy, is open to the public. The Miniatur Wunderland is a breathtaking microcosm unmatched anywhere in this world.
Madurodam is a miniature city located in Scheveningen, The Hague, in the Netherlands. It is a model of a Dutch town on a 1:25 scale, composed of typical Dutch buildings and landmarks, as are found at various locations in the country. This major Dutch tourist attraction was built in 1952 and has been visited by tens of millions of visitors ever since. The miniature city was named after George Maduro, a Jewish law student from Curaçao who fought the Nazi occupation forces as a member of the Dutch resistance and died at Dachau concentration camp in 1945. In 1946 Maduro was posthumously awarded the medal of Knight 4th-class of the Military Order of William, the highest and oldest military decoration in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, for the valor he had demonstrated in the Battle of the Netherlands against German troops. His parents donated the capital to start the Madurodam project.
The Minimundus is a miniature park on the Wörthersee at Klagenfurt in Carinthia, Austria. It displays over 150 miniature models of architecture from around the world, built at a ratio of 1:25. Since its opening in 1958, more than 15 million visitors have visited the 26,000 square meters park. The proceeds benefit the children’s help organization Rettet das Kind (“Save the Child”), which owns the park.
Welcome to Merrivale Model Village, one of Great Yarmouth’s best-loved attractions, a fantastic model village set in an acre of floral landscaped gardens on the sea front. Take your time to discover this captivating model village and its charming inhabitants. Wander around the maze of paths and humpback bridges, spot the cricketers playing on the village green in their whites, marvel at the firemen carrying out a daring rescue from a smoking building and relive all the magic of the funfair in miniature.
The pretty little village of Bekonscot is situated in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire and although there are plenty of houses and shops and even a regular train service no-one actually lives here! why not? It is in fact a model village and is the oldest original model village in the world. Bekonscot was first created by Roland Callingham(1881-1961), in the 1920s and portrays aspects of England dating mostly from the 1930s. Since 1978 the village has been run by the Church Army and donates large amounts of money to charity.There are six model villages set within the miniture landscape and the whole site is approximately two acres of which just over half is a miniture.
This amazing museum may display tiny, detail-perfect miniatures, but there is nothing small about this very popular day out which provides a huge amount of fun for all the family. The museum contains collections of quality miniatures from remarkable 1/12 scale copies of antique furniture, paintings and china in beautiful room settings, and everyday items in sizes and details that you just find it hard to believe. The skill and craftsmanship is evident in the collections at the museum which will thrill and delight all visitors and children will be thrilled to see the world’s smallest Teddy Bear. There are over 50 rooms in the museum which include a library, a grand dining room and even a theatre.
Little Lourdes transports you into the past in the footsteps of Bernadette and you discover the true story and the true birth of Lourdes in 1858. The visitor walks in the heart of Old Lourdes with its houses, rivers, historical monuments reproduced in a beautiful garden of flowers and miniature trees (bonsai).
San Gimignano 1300 is not just a museum it is an EXPERIENCE! Storyboards, multi-media exhibits, street scenes, and a ceramic recreation of the city as it existed in 1300, are just a few of the exhibits that make this a “must see” family event. Together with state of the art lighting and sound, the museum brings to life what hasn’t existed for over 700 years! The Museum is the culmination of the vision of two Master Artists, Michelangelo and Raffaello Rubino who, together with a team of artisans and historians, have faithfully recreated San Gimignano as it once existed. At San Gimignano 1300 you will learn, among other things, why most of the 72 towers collapsed and discover why the Via Francigena was so important to the city’s growth. Come and visit our historic facility and be amazed by what was recently described as a “masterpiece of human achievement”.
Nikolaï SIADRISTY, considered the best microminiaturist of the world, offers you his permanent museum in Andorra.Located in Ordino, it is the first Siadristy’s museum open in Western Europe, after having shown his work in more than 80 countries.Recognized by the most famous people, the artist has choosen our little country as a permanent seat for his microminiatures.
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