Miniatur Wunderland

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Miniatur Wunderland GmbH
Limited liability company
(Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung)
IndustryModel railway
FoundedDecember 2000; 19 years ago (2000-12)
Headquarters
Key people
Frederik & Gerrit Braun, Stephan Hertz
Number of employees
270
Websiteminiatur-wunderland.de

Miniatur Wunderland (German for 'miniature wonderland') is a model railway and miniature airport 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).[1]

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).[1] 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.[2] Planning is also in progress for the construction of sections for France, England, Ireland, Africa and Australia.[3]

History[edit]

The construction of the first part started in December 2000 and the first three parts: Knuffingen, Central Hamburg and Austria,[4] were completed in August 2001. The project was created by twin brothers Frederik and Gerrit Braun.[5]

In 2012 the Wunderland also completed a series of diorama representing social conditions and life in various periods of German history.[citation needed]

For Christmas 2018, Miniatur Wunderland teamed up with Airbnb to raise money for Hanseatic Help.[6][7] 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.[8] 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 (4 cm high) Christmas tree as well as a fireplace.[6][7]

Overview of the different sections[edit]

Section Name Completion date Size
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 Fun Fair April 2020 (Under construction) c. 9 m2(97 sq ft)
11 a. Monaco (with Formula-One-Circuit) November 2020 (Under construction) c. 36 m2(390 sq ft)
11 b. Provence November 2020 (Under construction) c. 27 m2(290 sq ft)
12 South America Nov-Dec 2021 (Under construction) c. 200 m2 (2150 sq ft)
13 England 2022 (planned) Up to c. 3,000 m2 (32,000 sq ft)
14 France 2024 (planned)
15 Benelux 2026 (planned)
16 Africa/pan-Asia/India 2028 (planned)

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wunderland Facts – The Wunderland in Numbers". Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  2. ^ "Live Like A German". Toy Train Exhibition (Miniatur Wunderland). Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Wunderland Fakten - Modellbau Modelleisenbahn Hamburg".
  4. ^ "Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg - model building - model railway Hamburg".
  5. ^ "Train Trip". Kidzworld.com. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  6. ^ a b Morris, Natalie (2018-12-13). "The world's tiniest home is now on Airbnb - but you won't be able to fit inside". Metro. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  7. ^ a b airbnb.co.uk (2018). "World's Tiniest Airbnb Hamburg". airbnb.co.uk. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  8. ^ "The World's Tiniest Home on Airbnb Now Available for Bookings". Airbnb Press Room. 2018-12-12. Retrieved 2018-12-16.

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Coordinates: 53°32′38″N 9°59′20″E / 53.54389°N 9.98889°E / 53.54389; 9.98889