Miniatur Wun­der­land

Friday - - Travel -

Hous­ing the world’s largest model rail­way, this is Ham­burg’s big­gest ec­cen­tric sur­prise, and packed to burst­ing ev­ery day. The place se­duces ev­ery­one, with kids star­ing open­mouthed at fire en­gines and steam trains whizzing past, teenagers snap­ping self­ies against a back­drop of Las Ve­gas casi­nos or the Swiss Alps, and adults stu­diously ex­am­ine Rome’s Colos­seum or St Peter’s Basil­ica. The big­gest crowds gather round a replica of Ham­burg air­port, where ev­ery few min­utes a model Lufthansa plane glides along the run­way, mirac­u­lously tak­ing off. Don’t ex­pect a quick visit – the ex­hibits are spread over sev­eral rooms with 16km of track and some 260,000 hu­man fig­urines. Book on­line to avoid the lengthy queues, and af­ter­wards explore the sur­round­ing Spe­ich­er­stadt, a maze of tow­er­ing 19th-cen­tury ware­houses and nar­row canals that was once the heart of Ham­burg’s port and is now a Unesco world her­itage site.

☞ Adults about Dh52, chil­dren Dh26, miniatur­wun­der­land.com

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