Miniatur Wunderland is the largest model railway system in the world and has, in fact, been voted the most popular tourist attraction in Germany. Visitors can admire different countries and even an airport in miniature size. Besides the impressive miniature versions of Hamburg, the mountainous German region of the Harz, the Austrian Alps, France, Italy, North-America and Scandinavia ─ and several construction sites are open for curious visitors as well!
Hamburg’s miniature replica comprises no less than 200 square metres. This bustling city is home to over 50,000 'Wunderländer' (as its inhabitants are called) and includes the Hamburg's main attractions such as Michel and Hagenbecks Tierpark zoo, as well as Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, at which 1,500 trains arrive on a daily basis.
How it started
In the year 2000, the brothers Frederik and Gerrit Braun set out to build the largest model railway system in the world. After applying for a loan, they began construction in December 2000. In August 2001 they could already operate three completed, miniature sections. Today, this miniature world comprises 1000 square metres, with even more sites to follow. The latest construction was dedicated to the various landmarks of Italy. Small-scale versions of Monaco, Provence and South America is scheduled to follow. A whole new section of the Speicherstadt warehouse district is rented for this purpose. There's no shortness of ideas: plans for a Central American and Asian scenery and a futuristic landscape have also found mention.
The Wunderland might be crowded on weekends and holidays.To avoid a long wait, check the 'waiting time forecast' or make a reservation. Miniatur Wunderland offers travel guides in English, Spanish, Italian and Russian. Download them here.
Free admission in January
Starting on 5 Jan, 2020, visitors who happen to be tight on money will be granted free entry throughout January. If you can't afford the fee simply show up and say 'I can't afford it' in any language and you'll be admitted. Saturdays are exempt from this special offer. Visitors are strongly encouraged to make use of the offer preferably on weekdays and in the afternoon, when the attraction becomes less busy.
Miniatur Wunderland Modelleisenbahn Hamburg
By public transport (HVV)
Station: Baumwall (U3)
Mon, Wed, Thu 9.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Tue 9.30 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Fri 9.30 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.
Sat 8.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Sun and holidays 8.30 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.