A World of Model Trains at Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland!

| March 1, 2016

Okay, so it sounds kind of goofy to visit a museum of train models if you’re not a train enthusiast, but this was no ordinary model train exhibit.  It really lived up to the name “Miniature Wonderland” and is a must-see when visiting Hamburg.

Throughout the attraction, you visit cities and regions of the world.  Miniature trains, cars, planes, and people move around the exhibits.

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Model city of Hamburg, Germany

One of the best areas was America (and I’m not just saying that because I’m American…I think…)

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Mount Rushmore!


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Vegas, Baby!

But my favorite exhibit was a collection of models of the cities of Hamburg and Berlin before, during, and post-WWII.  It was amazing.

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rounding up prisoners

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the bombed-out city of Hamburg

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The fall of the Wall!


Another favorite was a giant airport.  The planes took off and landed–it was so cool!

model airplanes

City life was amazing.

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Hail me a cab

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Night fell on exhibits, then daylight would reappear.

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It was snowing in Scandanavia…

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And if you’re hungry, you can take a break and grab some food in an airplane cafeteria!

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(But with better food!)

The museum can, surprisingly, get very busy–particularly over holidays and breaks.  We waited about two hours.  You can get real-time updates on the wait time on their website: http://www.miniatur-wunderland.de/.  Scroll down the left side of the page.  You can purchase tickets ahead of time, for a particular time slot, which I recommend!  It’s a nice half-day attraction if you’re in the area.


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Kari Martindale is a writer and ESL instructor. She’s visited all 50 states and 37 countries, including many of the big cities of Europe and a ton of Christmas Markets. She spends her days straddling the fence between a sense of adventure and a sense of dread. She is married to what is clearly a patient man and has a daughter who, frustratingly, is just like her. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in linguistics and foreign languages. When she's not teaching ESL, she's writing. When she's not writing, she's thinking about her next trip.

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