New video of incredible model railroad in Hamburg: Miniatur Wunderland

[Video Link] Theresa Schuette of Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg says:

The brand new video about the largest model railway of the world is online as of today. Our miniature landscape is worth 15.000.000 Euro and it’s being visited by up to 10,000 people on a daily basis. This video depicts our miniature world in a spectacular way: a tilt-shift video all without tilt-shift!

Here, a few facts about Wunderland: Miniatur Wunderland is the largest model railway in the world. With almost 1,200,000 visitors per year it is one of the three most successful exhibitions in Germany. On our layout 13 km railway tracks were installed, 215,000 figurines were glued by hand, 300,000 mini LEDs were placed in and onto buildings, cars, aircrafts, or ships.

Miniatur Wunderland


    1. Careful people. But it’s noteworthy that they have a special air conditioning that  keeps this place as dust free as possible.

  1. There’s been a few documentaries on that place already, and whenever they think up something new, one of these comes out, and it never seizes to amaze me what they do.

    And it makes me try to think of excuses to go to Hamburg other than “looking at model trains” because that would be kind of odd, even if it is only two hours away by plane.

    Also: I don’t know if the woman at 0:19 is in awe, or just completely bored…

  2. This is sooo absolutely awesome… I’ve been there once and I’ll definitely go there again sometime (I live at the other end of Germany, sadly). But whatever you do, do *not* rush through it: although you can view it in one day I think you’ll at least need two days to appreciate all (most of) these little details….

    As for cleaning, it is constantly being dusted during off-hours, it takes them a few weeks or so to completely clean everything (they use vacuums and more often than not have to replace little figures or trees after they’re sucked in ;-) and when they’re done they’ll immediately have to re-start from the beginning again… Sounds like a tedious job…

  3. The video does not, can not, do it justice.  I was there last month with my 8 year old son and he had to pull me away from the airport (he likes to stare at the control station, where 30+ monitors show the goings on of the whole place).  It was our third trip  there, but the first time with the airport, which alone is worth the 2 hour drive for us.  The HO scale planes taxi themselves around and take off while others land and go to their assigned gate, and the arrivals/departure board is even correct (with delays and everything).    The only problem part is the crowd watching is huge.

    I’d be proud to build just something with the coolness and quality of one of their vehicles or building.  Although, I suppose after building 2 dozen vehicles it would start to feel like a job though.  You’d probably have to start a hobby flipping burgers or as an accountant to “get a break from it all”

  4. I live and work near this exhibit, have seen it several times.   It’s actually a lot *better* than what you see in the video.    The attention to detail (and the little jokes the artisans hide away) is incredible.     The fact that this whole thing started as a fun little project by twin brothers, and just kept growing, is enough reason to love it.

  5. I’ve been there, and it’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. If you get the chance, GO.

    I’d skip the Hamburg Dungeon next door, though… London, Paris, Edinburgh and several other cities have their own nearly-identical dungeons, and it appears to be a franchise, the McDonald’s of tourist attractions, with very little connection to the history of the cities in which it’s based.

  6. I came for the railway, but I stayed for the voiceover.  Pure Gerhard Reinke awesomeness.

    “And a new fire starts not too far away!”

  7. For Americans who can’t get to Hamburg, Roadside America in central PA is another miniature world, different in that the tech is cranked way down and the weirdness cranked way up. On a purely technical level, it can’t compete with this, but as an example of loving outsider obsession it’s pretty amazing, and the weird little vignettes in the video could have been taken straight from Shartlesburg. Be sure to stay for the Night Pageant.

  8. I see this sort of thing and wish I’d gone down a different career path. I like the world more just knowing someone gets to make this for a living.

  9. 1. Drive up to Hamburg
    2. Get utterly baked
    3. Spend the whole day at Miniatur Wunderland
    4. ???
    5. Profit!

  10. OMG, I went there last year, on an exchange trip to Hamburg. The person I was with did a work experience placement there, so he knew pretty much everything about how it worked.

    It was pretty fucking awesome. The fact that it’s called the “Miniatur Wunderland” is a bit misleading, because even though everything’s in miniature, the exhibit itself is massive. It’s ridiculously detailed, too.

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