I’ll admit, it’s a few years since I visited Hamburg and the Miniatur Wunderland exhibit. I went to Hamburg with my big sister in December 2014 to check out the wintery Christmas markets. Unfortunately for us, Hamburg didn’t provide a white Christmas, it was more of a ‘blustery and wet’ Christmas but it was still a great trip.
It’s so cringe looking back on what an awful planner I was back then. It was my first city break after University and I did basically no planning! However, I am pleased that I did just enough research to discover that the Miniatur Wunderland existed.
As I said, it’s been a while since I visited, but my photographs are just okay enough to warrant a whole blog post on the exhibit. This is a quick, little guide to visiting the Miniatur Wunderland museum and exhibit in Hamburg, Germany.
Visit the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg
So, what’s the deal about the Miniatur Wunderland?
The Miniatur Wunderland (or ‘Miniature Wonderland’ in English, if you couldn’t guess) is a model exhibit housed in the former warehouses in the Hamburg docks. It’s technically the world’s largest model railway but the towns and cities that have been created around the railway are so intricate and interesting that they completely overshadow the model railway.
The exhibition covers three floors and several countries: Switzerland is represented, so is Bavaria, other places in Germany, Scandinavia, USA, Italy, France, etc. etc. etc. More and more imaginative models, countries and cities are being built all the time.
The exhibit always tries to keep things interesting by sporadically dimming the lights to make it ‘nighttime’ so you can see all the models lit up in the dark. And there isn’t just one railway spanning rooms and floors, there are several and there are also boats, cars and lots of other little details. In fact, the intricacy is what keeps the Miniatur Wunderland exhibit so interesting.
Isn’t the Miniatur Wunderland just for kids?
Of course, a museum like this has to have lots on offer for children! It is absolutely somewhere where kids should be taken to. There are lots of activities away from the main exhibit. For example, a fictional ‘village in Germany’ exhibit that is represented in four different time periods. And there are worksheets where children have to look closely at all the models and spot different activities e.g. aliens playing basketball.
But it’s the craft and workmanship that goes into the Miniatur Wunderland that made it so interesting to me. I know it sounds just like your average model railway where a group of retired men get together to make models, but it’s so much more than that. This is a model railway turned up to 11. I don’t think there’s anything like this anywhere else in Europe.
Ticket Information and Opening times
So, definitely fit in a trip to the Miniatur Wunderland on your trip to Hamburg! It’s one of the top things to do in Hamburg and you only need to spare a couple of hours.
The Miniatur Wunderland is open 365 days a year, 9:30-18:00 with later opening times on holidays and weekends. Seriously, sometimes they’re open until midnight!
I remember there was a queue to get in (around 30 minutes) so this is a popular place. If you’re 100% sure you want to visit, definitely book tickets in advance so you don’t have to wait around.
Adult tickets are €15 so they aren’t cheap. Child tickets are €7.50 and they have other concession options here.
And that’s my quick guide to the Miniatur Wunderland (Miniature Wonderland) in Hamburg! Have you visited Hamburg or want to go? Let me know in the comments below!