Miniatur Wunderland

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Miniatur Wunderland GmbH
Limited liability company
(Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung)
Industry Model railway
Founded December 2000; 16 years ago (2000-12)
Headquarters Hamburg, Germany
Key people
Frederik & Gerrit Braun, Stephan Hertz
Number of employees
270
Website miniatur-wunderland.de

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).[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, Africa and Australia.[3]

History

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]

Overview of the different sections

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) 2017 (in construction) c. 10 m2 (110 sq ft)
10 Monaco (with Formula-One-Circuit) 2019 (planned)
11 England/Scotland 2021 (planned)
12 France 2023 (planned)
13 Ireland/Wales 2025 (planned)
14 Benelux 2026 (planned)

Gallery

In popular culture

Miniatur Wunderland has featured on the British Television Series James May's Toy Stories twice, with Sebastian and Gerrit helping BBC Top Gear presenter James May building an 00-scale Hornby model railway along the Tarka Trail abandoned railway between Barnstaple and Bideford.

It was visited in episode six of the BBC series Great Continental Railway Journeys.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Wunderland Facts – The Wunderland in Numbers". Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  2. ^ "Miniature Wonderland". Travel Addicts. Retrieved 30 April 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. 

External links

  • Miniatur Wunderland – official website in English
  • Miniatur Wunderland's channel on YouTube

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

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