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Miniatur Wunderland is the largest collection of model railways in the world, and its magical automated scenes don’t stop at trains! When you visit you’ll see bobbing gondolas in Venice, leaping dolphins, even planes taking off from Knuffingen airport! Each of the 9 areas (with number 10 currently under construction) is full of unique scenes, and you could spend an hour gazing at each one trying to spot all the details. The attraction gets extremely busy, with waiting times of up to 2 hours on peak days, so book your ticket in advance to skip the line.
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4 Tips for Visiting the Miniatur Wunderland

Miniatur Wunderland is fun | Flickr: Alexander Samoylyk CC BY 2.0
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While you can race around the exhibits quickly, you’ll miss out on all the details if you do! Make sure to spend time looking at all the loving details added by the model builders. There are plenty of small jokes and mini-scenes available to spot in each area.
Miniatur Wunderland Airport | Flickr: Ashwin Kumar CC BY-SA 2.0
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Look out for the airport - the planes take off according to the schedule shown on a small screen in the diorama. It’s one of the most popular areas in the exhibit.
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Miniatur Wunderland is an extremely popular attraction in Hamburg and is almost always crowded with visitors. To avoid the crowds, try to arrive at opening time.
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Booking a ticket in advance means that you’ll get to pick the time of your visit and you’ll skip the lines! If you arrive on the day, you’ll be given a number and asked to wait in the waiting area. Waiting times on the day can be over two hours.
Trains in Miniatur Wunderland | Ulmon: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Miniatur Wunderland: A creative and technical masterpiece in miniature format

Since 2001, this family-friendly attraction in the heart of Hamburg has been captivating young and old alike.
The largest model railroad layout in the world today consists of 9 themed areas. Guests can take a look at scenes and landscapes in Hamburg, but also in other areas of Central-Germany, Austria, USA, Scandinavia, Switzerland or in a funfair. In addition, the fictitious town of Knuffingen with its airport is also a highlight due to innovative model building technology. The interactively designed exhibition has various buttons that trigger certain functions, such as some music, moving windmills, lights or movements. The dioramas also have a day/night cycle with different scenarios.
Fall of the Berlin Wall | Ulmon: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

New regions of the world at Miniatur Wunderland

The attraction is constantly being expanded: in the meantime, Monaco, Provence and areas from South America can be visited as new sections, some of which are still under construction. By 2023, Central America, the Caribbean and by 2026 Asia are to be added as further regions. A total of more than 1,000 model trains travel on the dioramas, passing over 4,300 buildings and more than 260,000 figures. Over 50 aircraft can take off and land at Knuffingen Airport. For a small taster, you can dive into a selection of scenes from Miniatur Wunderland using Google MiniView at this link.
Knuffingen Airport scoreboard | Ulmon: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Guided tours for families and children groups through the Miniatur Wunderland

There are also tours behind the scenes, the maximum group size is 6 people. The Miniatur Wunderland staff explains the construction of the models and the technology that allows, for example, the cars to drive and the planes to take off. A special tour for children between 7 and 12 years old is also offered. Children can be picked up at the control room at the end of the tour.

The tours last one hour each and provide deep insight into the operations of Miniatur Wunderland. These should be reserved well in advance due to the limitation of group size.
Exterior facade in the Speicherstadt, Hamburg | Ulmon: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Combined ticket: harbor tour and visit to Miniatur Wunderland

Under the title Big Pots & Small Trains, a combination offer is available that includes admission to Miniatur Wunderland and a guided, one-hour harbor tour of the Port of Hamburg in the evening atmosphere. The effective discount here is around 25% compared with the prices called individually.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I plan to spend at Miniatur Wunderland?

Most visitors spend about three hours exploring Miniatur Wunderland, but it depends on your level of interest. Some people spend almost a full day inside the attraction spotting all the details and marveling at the intricate design and mechanical and technological innovations. Read more.

Is Miniatur Wunderland accessible for disabled visitors?

In general, the exhibits are accessible to disabled visitors. However, in practice, the crowds mean that it isn’t easy for visitors in wheelchairs or who can be overwhelmed by large numbers of people to visit. Miniatur Wunderland asks visitors without disabilities to leave the attraction at 6 pm on Monday evenings so that there are two hours where visitors in wheelchairs and with other special requirements can easily visit the exhibition. There is a wheelchair lift which may not accommodate extra-long or extra-wide wheelchairs, and the maximum weight carried is 300 kg, which may cause problems for heavier electric wheelchairs. If you want to visit outside of Wheelchair Mondays, then it’s advised that you email Miniatur Wunderland so that someone can be on-hand to help operate the lift. If you have any other questions about accessibility then contact Miniatur Wunderland for more information. Read more.

Is there anything to eat on site?

There’s a restaurant inside the attraction, plus a bistro in the waiting area where you can try small snacks including Currywurst! The restaurant also has a play area for children and offers special children’s portions. All the food and drink on-site is reasonably priced. You can also bring your own food and drink, and the management is happy for you to bring a picnic and eat it in the restaurant without buying anything. Read more.

Are there guided tours?

There are guided tours that take you behind the scenes of the models. Tours are only available for up to 6 people at a time, so you’re sure to have an exclusive experience. The guides will tell you all about the process of building a model, including some of the technology developed to make cars run smoothly and airplanes fly. There’s also a special guided tour only for visitors aged 7 to 12. All tours take an hour, and are well worth the extra cost! They should also be reserved well in advance, as places on the small group tours sell out early. Read more.

Are the exhibitions interactive?

Some of them are! Watch out for buttons around the exhibition which trigger special features including playing a song, moving windmills, turning on lights, or starting small scenes. The exhibits also have a day and night cycle and the scenes change quite dramatically, so make sure to see each of the displays both in the daytime and the nighttime. Read more.

General Information

Opening Hours:

Miniatur Wunderland is open daily from 9.30 am to 6 pm. On Tuesdays, public holidays, and during school holidays, the exhibition is open later, sometimes as late as midnight. On some days, Miniatur Wunderland opens as early as 7 am, so check the times that are available before you book.

Tickets:

Tickets cost from €15 for adults, €13 for visitors aged over 65, €11 for students and schoolchildren aged over 16, €10 for unemployed or disabled visitors, and €7.50 for children under the age of 16. Children under 3 feet (1 meter) tall can enter free of charge when accompanied by a parent. Guided tours cost an additional €15 for adults, €12 for children aged 7 to 15, and €5 for children aged 6 and under.

Address:

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg
Kehrwieder 2
20457 Hamburg – Speicherstadt

COVID-19 measures:

⚠️Currently, the following measures are taken against the coronavirus:
  • When visiting all visitors from 18 years and older must present a certificate in terms of 2G rules: Vaccination or Recovery
  • Mask obligation in the attraction for all visitors
  • Registration through the LUCA-App

How to get there:

Miniatur Wunderland is easy to reach on foot from many of Hamburg’s other attractions, including the Elbphilharmonie and the Rathaus. Bus line 6 stops directly outside the attraction, or you can take the U-Bahn to Baumwall (U3) or Messberg (U1), or tram numbers S1 and S3 to Stadthausbrücke. There are 44 parking spaces outside Miniatur Wunderland, which cost €1.50 per hour. During peak times these places fill up quickly, but there are other parking options nearby.
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