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Hamburg Miniatur Wunderland: where tiny rules large

Above/featured: “Modelleisenbahn Wunderland (model railway wonderland); “Block D” from street-level at Kehrwieder 2.

Our family couldn’t afford the purchase of (or the space for) miniature railway sets. Christmas was a special time and with my nose pressed against shop windows, I’d dream of the world of the railroad set.

Located in the historical Speicherstadt (Warehouse district) inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015, Hamburg’s Miniature Wonderland is big on wonder, has plenty of extensive miniature sets, and does not skimp on discoveries for people of all ages. Very little on the outside tells anybody passing by that there’s another world inside.

Many are not fooled nor are they turned away.

Miniature Wonderland was voted the most popular of 100 attractions in Germany, according to the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) who polled 40-thousand international visitors to the GNTB website between March and August 2016. Museum highlights include:

  • City-state of Hamburg
  • Flughafen Knuffingen Airport
  • Germany (Bavaria)
  • Switzerland
  • Scandinavia
  • United States
  • The fall of the Berlin Wall (1989)


Hamburg

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Emergency vehicles near Rödingsmarkt station

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Police at scene of an accident

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HafenCity

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Dammtor train station

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Night traffic next to the Hauptbahnhof (central station)

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Hauptbahnhof at night

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Visiting FC St Pauli fans arrive at the Volksparkstadion

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A night match at the Volksparkstadion, with Hamburger SV hosting FC St. Pauli


Flughafen Knuffingen Airport

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At the airport

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Airport traffic

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By day, front-to-back: All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, “Hamburg Airport” Airbus 350-800, KLM Boeing 777-300(ER) PH-BVA, Lufthansa Airbus 380-800 D-AIMA

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Early-evening at the airport

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Night landing: at centre is the taxiing TUIfly Boeing 737-8K5 D-ATUM


Germany (Bavaria)

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Schloss Neuschwanstein

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Freienstein


Switzerland

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Visitors tower over a cavernous mountain valley in Switzerland

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St. Max

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Belloszona

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Visitors check out the model set for Belloszona

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20-thousand spectators at DJ Bobo concert in Ticino


Scandinavia

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Rail- and road-bridge, North Sea crossing between Denmark and Norway

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Cargo train pulls into the Norwegian port city of Bergvik

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Rail- and vehicular-traffic pass in front of a weather station in northern Sweden


United States of America

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Greyhound bus passes hikers and horseriders in the desert of the American Southwest

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Interstate highway passes below Mount Rushmore National Memorial (upper right)

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Approaching Las Vegas

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Las Vegas at night


November 1989: fall of the Wall (temporary exhibition)

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Flooding into the west, East Berliners form a narrow queue at the open border between the two Berlins and two Germanys (from east/bottom to west/top)

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Miniatur Wunderland, MiWuLa, Miniature Wonderland, Speicherstadt, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Welterbe, Weltkulturerbe, Hamburg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Miniatur Wunderland, MiWuLa, Miniature Wonderland, Speicherstadt, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Welterbe, Weltkulturerbe, Hamburg, Germany, fotoeins.com

East German border guards supervise as their citizens climb over the wall into the West, where grilled sausage awaits

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A long narrow queue of East Berliners (top-left/DDR) pours into West Berlin (lower-right)

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The border between East Berlin/Germany and West Berlin/Germany consisted of manned watchtowers, triggered automatic rifles, mines, roaming patrols, and the infamous “death strip” (Todesstreife)


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

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I made the photos above on 5 December 2015. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-8k9.

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