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Easter (Xmas) eggs, Miniatur Wunderland, Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Hamburg’s Miniature Wonderland: Christmas eggs

Above/featured: “Stranded.”

Since 2001, Miniatur Wunderland has been delighting children of all ages in the northern German city of Hamburg with the world’s largest miniature railway set, attracting a total of 12 million visitors so far. After many visits to the city over the last decade, I’ve somehow managed to stay away, but it’s finally high time curiosity wins the day.

The Urban Dictionary describes “easter eggs” as: “hidden items placed in a movie, television show, or otherwise visual media for close watchers”; see also here. Plenty of details in the form of “easter eggs” await visitors at various sections in the museum. With a few shorts weeks before Christmas, the designers have cleverly inserted many Santa Claus and other Christmas- or winter-related figures throughout the entire venue.


Easter (Xmas) eggs, Miniatur Wunderland, Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Santa Claus riding ‘shotgun’ on Canadian Pacific engine-car

Easter (Xmas) eggs, Miniatur Wunderland, Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany, fotoeins.com

“Watch that first step; it’s a loo loo …”

Easter (Xmas) eggs, Miniatur Wunderland, Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Idyllic winter scene … wait … what?

Easter (Xmas) eggs, Miniatur Wunderland, Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany, fotoeins.com

That’s … a kid on a roo, and a polar cub led by penguin …

Easter (Xmas) eggs, Miniatur Wunderland, Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany, fotoeins.com

“Fish heads fish heads, roly poly fish heads …”

Easter (Xmas) eggs, Miniatur Wunderland, Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Without reindeer, this Santa’s got problems

Easter (Xmas) eggs, Miniatur Wunderland, Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Breaking news from the parking lot: there’s a new baby (“MiWuLa Aussenstelle”, Miniatur Wunderland outpost)

Easter (Xmas) eggs, Miniatur Wunderland, Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany, fotoeins.com

“Hi, honey. Yeah, sorry; I’m gonna be late. I’m stuck in traffic …”


Located in the historical Speicherstadt (Warehouse) district, Miniatur Wunderland can be reached with HVV public transport: with the U-Bahn (U3) to station “Baumwall”, or with bus (route 6) to stop “Auf dem Sande (Speicherstadt)”.

The Speicherstadt district is one of two areas in Hamburg which as of summer 2015 have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I made the photos above on 5 December 2015. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7yP.

13 Responses to “Hamburg’s Miniature Wonderland: Christmas eggs”

    • fotoeins

      Hi, Nat & Tim. Thank you very much for your kind comment which made my day. 😉 I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to write about Miniatur Wunderland in one or two descriptive posts: one ‘stationary’ with photos, another with small videos, or one with a mix of both. Personally, I can’t believe I waited so long to visit this magical place. Thank you for stopping by and thanks again for your comment!

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  1. CrazyChineseFamily

    Aim was there with my wife in 2012. I loved it as I am also interested in those trains (like so many boys here,,.) only negative point was that it was terribly full, making it hard to get a good view on everything

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Timo. So many shades of awesome, the Miniatur Wunderland. Imagine having the entire place to yourself for hours; that must be one of the feelings for the people who love being and work at that place. My “mistake” was a 1st-time visit on an Advent Saturday in December: so full by around 11am.

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    • fotoeins

      Ganz genau. That’s why there’s Miniatur Wunderland: definitely worth the price of admission and, possibly, the dreaded “Wartezeit.” 😉

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    • fotoeins

      As far as I know, one can pre-order tickets online for a specific time of entry in order to avoid the dreaded “Wartezeit.” So, when I arrived a little after 10am on a December Saturday morning without pre-ordering, I feared the worst, but I lucked out with no wait.

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  2. Juergen | dare2go.com

    I always love the sense of humor at Miniatur Wunderland. And all the hiden treasures you can discover. Every time I’m near Hamburg I make an effort to visit: Correction: it’s really NO effort whatsoever! I love that place. You could lock me in over night and I wouldn’t get bored for minute…

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Jürgen. I completely agree that there is a (wicked) sense of humour among the staff at Miniatur Wunderland. As I’ve already commented in this thread, I can’t believe I waited that long to visit for the first time. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment!

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