Miniature Wonderland © Maurizio Manetti
Train enthusiasts will love Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg, but so will almost everybody else. With more than 4,000 square metres of floor space, there is much to see with tiny models of various regions, both local and international. The largest of its kind in the world and the most visited permanent exhibit in Northern Germany, there are 900 trains with 12,000 carriages, as well as 300,000 lights, 200,000 trees and 200,000 human figures. Sections include Southern Germany and the Austrian Alps, Hamburg and the Coast, America, Scandinavia, and Switzerland. Construction has begun on an expansion that will add five new sections, including France, Italy and the UK, by 2014. There is so much detail in the model world that you can examine it for hours and never get bored - some of the scenarios are very amusing and the little people are portrayed doing all sorts of things.
The place is very popular for people of all ages and it can get a bit crowded inside, especially in the peak summer months; it is best to book your ticket in advance online to avoid waiting.
Address: Kehrwieder 4 Block D