|Limited liability company |
(Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung)
|Frederik & Gerrit Braun, Stephan Hertz|
Number of employees
Miniatur Wunderland (German for 'miniature wonderland') is a model railway attraction in Hamburg, Germany, and the largest of its kind in the world. The railway is located in the historic Speicherstadt district of the city.
In October 2016 the railway consisted of 15,400 m (50,525 ft) of track in H0 scale, divided into nine sections: Harz, the fictitious city of Knuffingen, the Alps and Austria, Hamburg, America, Scandinavia, Switzerland, a replica of the Hamburg Airport and Italy. Of the 6,800 m2 (73,195 sq ft) of floorspace, the model takes 1,490 m2 (16,038 sq ft).
By 2020, the exhibit is expected to have reached its final construction phase, including at least a total of ten new sections in a model area of over 2,300 m2 (24,757 sq ft). The exhibit includes 1,300 trains made up of over 10,000 carriages, over 100,000 moving vehicles, ca. 500,000 lights, 130,000 trees, and 400,000 human figurines. Planning is also in progress for the construction of sections for France, England, Ireland, Africa and Australia.
The construction of the first part started in December 2000 and the first three parts: Knuffingen, Central Hamburg and Austria, were completed in August 2001. The project was created by twin brothers Frederik and Gerrit Braun.
In 2012 the Wunderland also completed a series of diorama representing social conditions and life in various periods of German history.
For Christmas 2018, Miniatur Wunderland teamed up with Airbnb to raise money for Hanseatic Help.  As part of holiday miniature figurines will fly in to Knuffingen Airport, catch a special Christmas train to Knuffingen station and tour around Knuffingen town. The guests will stay in a chalet, hosted by Mini, Mayor of Knuffingen, equipped with stockings (size of a pencil tip), a rocking horse (size of a paperclip), a (4cm high) Christmas tree as well as a fireplace.
Overview of the different sections
|1||Harz/Central Germany||August 2001||c. 120 m2 (1,300 sq ft)|
|2||Knuffingen||August 2001||c. 120 m2 (1,300 sq ft)|
|3||Austria||August 2001||c. 60 m2 (650 sq ft)|
|4||Hamburg||November 2002||c. 200 m2 (2,200 sq ft)|
|5||United States||December 2003||c. 100 m2 (1,100 sq ft)|
|6||Scandinavia||July 2005||c. 300 m2 (3,200 sq ft)|
|7||Switzerland||November 2007||c. 250 m2 (2,700 sq ft)|
|8||Knuffingen Airport||May 2011||c. 150 m2 (1,600 sq ft)|
|9||Italy||September 2016||c. 190 m2 (2,000 sq ft)|
|9 a.||Venice (as part to the Italy section)||February 2018||c. 10 m2 (110 sq ft)|
|10||Monaco (with Formula-One-Circuit)||2019 (planned)|
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