The largest model railway in the world, Miniatur Wunderland is set within Hamburg’s historic warehouse district of Speicherstadt. It was designed by twin brothers Frederik and Gerrit Braun, with highly detailed recreations of famous railways, towns and cities within themed settings from across the world.
Things to do in Miniatur Wunderland
The first section to be created was the Harz, set within the fairy tale landscapes of this German mountain range. More than 130 trains can be seen travelling around its illuminated carnival rides, fields of sunflowers and an open-air theatre where Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is performed.
Experience all the sights of Miniatur Wunderland’s hometown in the Hamburg exhibit, with the Hagenbecks Zoo, the Köhlbrandbrücke and St. Michael's Church all replicated. Watch as fans gather at the HSH Nordbank Arena to watch Hamburger SV play their rivals, St. Pauli, and trains travel to and from Hamburg Hauptbahnhof.
You can be transported to America where the bright lights of Las Vegas stand out against the islands of the Florida Keys and the space centre at Cape Canaveral. Here you can watch as trains make their way across the iconic Mount Rushmore and through the magnificent landscapes of Yosemite and the Grand Canyon.
The largest section in Miniatur Wunderland is dedicated to the countries of Scandinavia, with cutting edge technology used to create its autopilot ships as they sail the Northeast Sea. Witness a miniature version of Denmark’s famous Egeskov Castle and tiny Swedes having a snow fight, together with flying elves and a ghost ship navigating the Arctic Ocean.
Getting around Miniatur Wunderland
Miniatur Wunderland is located along the banks of the River Elbe, just a short walk from Hamburg’s Rathaus and the famous shopping strip of Mönckebergstraße. Both regional and international trains depart from the nearby Hauptbahnhof, while the closest subway station is at Baumwall.