• Posted:Tuesday, December 8, 2009
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Visit Hamburg's Miniatur Wunderland

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Visit Hamburg's Miniatur Wunderland
If you're staying in a hostel in Hamburg at any time in the near future, you might be interested in this little snippet of information - the city has its very own Lilliput, crafted over several years, that is sure to amaze and astound you if you go to see it. It's the Miniatur Wunderland - Miniature Wonderland to you and me - and its statistics are somewhat impressive.

Apparently, once the final construction is completed in 2015, it will span over 10,000 sq ms, although it currently stands at 6,400 sq ms, which to my mind is still quite large! While there, you can check out the section dedicated to southern Germany and see the Alps - complete with functioning lifts - a carnival and a highspeed route, among other things.

Or perhaps America's more your style. This part was completed in December 2003 and you can sneak a peek at the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Miami, the Everglades and the Rocky Mountains.

But, of course, you are in Hamburg so it would be a bit strange not to have a look at the Hamburg section of the work. Finished in November 2002, it took a year to build and incorporates 190 trains, around 60,000 lights, 50,000 figurines and 15,000 trees, all in a 200 sq m boundary.

Apparently, the seeds of the Miniatur Wunderland were sown when Frederik Braun was walking through Zurich in 2000 when he stumbled across a railway model shop. This inspired him to make "the largest model railway in the world" and the rest, as they say, is history!

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