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The Biggest Little World That You Ever Did See

December 8, 2010

Imagine a city the size of your dining room table, complete with cars, buses, and a population of approximately 40,000. Imagine a country the size of your living room; highways, mountains, skyscrapers, countryside. Ok, ok now imagine an entire world, city to city, country to country, all packed into your house, and then some! Ok now stop imagining, because IT’S REAL! It’s called the Miniature Wonderland, and it’s hiding out in Hamburg, Germany.

Two gents got the idea about ten years ago and started the project in December, 2000. It is now the biggest miniature world in the…world. And they are still growing! At quite a rapid pace, I might add. While we were there, they had plans for four more countries, some of which you could see already being constructed.

Not only are there trains winding around the entire thing, but there are also working cars buses and semis that weave through traffic, stop at stop lights and turn on their lights at night. There are ships that sail on real water. Hot air balloons above your head. Oh yeah, and the entire world goes through night and day about every ten minutes (complete with sunrises and sunsets).

In a few scenes, cars broke down or buildings caught on fire, so of course the fire trucks turned on their lights and sirens and headed to the site to take care of the problem. I tell you, no detail was overlooked in this truly incredible wonderland. And when I say detail, I mean detail. There was a gas station with changing gas prices that always reflected the local average. A chocolate factory that spit out real pieces of chocolate. Traffic jams, rock concerts, you name it. Oh and did I mention the nearly 3 story high room, home of the Swiss Alps? Ridiculous.

Some buildings were recognizable. Others were original interpretations. But each one fit into their respective cities and countries and each one had people in and around them. Now they didn’t just go buy a bunch of little figurines at the dollar store and stand them around. Each person is hand made and unique and is part of an entire scene. It’s literally like you’re looking into the lives of thousands of tiny people. How many thousands you might ask? Approximately 200,000. We were also pleasantly surprised to find dozens of quite funny and often risqué scenes going on. Sex in the woods, the filming of a porno, and naked mountain hikers, to name a few.

In America alone, they take visitors on a journey through the Redwoods, Yosemite National Park, Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Miami, Key West, and Cape Canaveral & the Kennedy Space Center (complete with a rocket launch to the ceiling). And if you look closely, you can spot Area 51, and their interpretation is quite unique and entertaining.

Probably the most surprising thing about this Miniature Wonderland is that none of our travel books said anything about it! So it truly is a hidden gem and totally worth looking into if you’re in or around Hamburg. If, for whatever reason, you still have doubts, here’s a sneak peek of what to expect, as well as some stats on the big little world.

Some fast facts about this little fantasy world:

  2009 2014
Train Track Length 12,000 m 20,000 m
Trains 890 Over 1,300
Train Carriages 14,100 15,000
Longest Train 14.51 m 14.51 m
Lights 295,000 Over 500,000
Trees 215, 000 330,000
Figures (people) 200,000 300,000
Man Hours 558,000 Over 800,000



3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2010 5:33 pm

    Sooooo cool!

  2. Alex permalink
    December 8, 2010 10:20 pm

    I am obsessed. For real…this is the best Eurobites post since BSB.

  3. Lance permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:42 am

    This is incredible!! I, too, am now totally obsessed with this. Thanks for sharing!

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