Miniatur Wunderland

Miniatur Wunderland, in Hamburg, Germany, is the world's longest model railway and the most visited permanent exhibition in Northern Germany. Built by twin brothers Frederick and Gerrit Braun, it has six miles of track, 700 trains with 10,000 carriages, 900 signals, 2,800 buildings and 160,000 individually designed figures. Its 12,380 square feet (1,150 square metres) cover the US, Scandinavia and the Alps, including scale models of the Rocky Mountains, Mount Rushmore, the Swiss Matterhorn, and a Scandinavian fjord complete with 4ft cruise ship. By the time it is completed in 2014 it will be twice as long and will include France, Italy and the UK.

The Braun brothers, 41, began work on the project in 2000. The scenery took 500,000 hours, 700kg of fake grass and 4,000kg of steel to build. So far it has cost over £8m (US$11.4m). The Brauns have pushed the limits of model construction, with a large part of the exhibit's technology being custom designed and built. In addition to the railway system, the Wunderland has a working carsystem, ship navigation system, airport, and light and sound control systems. There are over 150 pushbutton action sequences to entertain visitors.

"Our idea was to build a world that men, women, and children can be equally astonished and amazed in," said Gerrit Braun, according to the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

The website is worth a visit, with extensive photo galleries, videos, and behind the scenes information about the construction and technolody of the project. They also provide travel information and an online shop of souvenirs and model building supplies

Hamburg, Germany


Austria


Knuffingen, Germany


Finland


Denmark


Sweden (Pippi Longstocking's house)


Miniatur-Wunderland.com

8 comments:

Stéphanie Kilgast said...

I just love that boat in finland :)

Debbie said...

Fantastic. Thanks for sharing Grace.

Sans said...

Listed the museum on my blog. Thank you for the great link!

Jean Day said...

Isn't it wonderful, thank you so much for posting this!

TreeFeathers said...

I'm glad you all enjoy the mini-tour, I thought it was a pretty cool display. (Stephanie, I love that boat, too!)

- Grace

TreeFeathers said...

Did anyone notice the bike racer who took a spill in that second photo? :D

Pubdoll said...

Yes, they have a fantastic eye for details!
I went to their website and enjoyed the pictures from "Norway". Even the language on the kiosk in the imaginary city Bergvik was in Norwegian, with just a minor fault. Impressive, thanks for sharing, Grace!

Sans said...

Oh yes, the fallen biker! haha! well done, Twins!

 

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