A true wonder
Having to make a trip to Germany a few weeks ago, i finally got a chance to visit what i believe is the holy grail of modelling – the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg.
For those of you not in the know, the Miniatur Wunderland was created in 2001, constantly being updated and expanded it is the largest model railway collection in the world. It is a mecca for people like myself with a lifelong passion for model trains. There are currently 8 sections, with themes such as Switzerland, USA and even its own airport with up to 40 different aircrafts (including an A380) taxiing independently. The last section they plan to buld will be England, definitely an excuse to return.
My favourite section had to be the Alps, when i first started modelling this was exactly kind of scenery i could only hope to create. Picture perfect mountain ranges combine with 600 metres of trackwork, surrounded by skiers, hikers and even mountain climbers.
The attention to detail is amazing, interactive elements where you really have to look several times to catch all the details, and the transition from night to day well worth timing your visit to catch. There is an area presenting the history with video and stories which gives you an insight into all the work. You can do a guided tour, which I seriously recommend as you get to see behind the scenes and maybe even get a few tips from your home set-up! Ive been to many model collections in my time, and i can honestly say not come close to this place. It does get busy though, so time your visit well and book online.