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Hamburg’s Minature Wonderland

One of the incredibly detailed displays at Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany

When you are in Hamburg little is often huge!

It took seven years to build, cost an estimated 4.8 million dollars, and the miniatures consist of some forty aircraft, five hundred vehicles, fifteen thousand figurines, three hundred buildings and forty thousand lights.

The world’s largest miniature airport, called Knuffingen Airport and based on Hamburg’s Fuhlsbüttel International airport, has gone on display at Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany. The real Hamburg airport opened in 1911 and now covers almost six square kilometres.

The computer-manipulated planes, vehicles and figurines move autonomously across the 45.8941square metres of the display.

Miniatur Wunderland is also home to the world’s largest model railroad landscape, which is showcased over 1150.139 square metres, features almost six miles of track and displays trains and surrounding vistas from America, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Germany and the Austrian Alps. And this miniature is still not complete. It is expected that twin brothers Frederick and Gerrit Braun, 41, who began work on the project in 2000, will finish in 2014.

The numbers?

  • Seven hundred trains
  • The longest train is 14.0208 metres long
  • Nine hundred signals
  • Two thousand, eight hundred buildings
  • One hundred sixty thousand figures

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