We think just about everyone will enjoy Wunderland, butyou must either go on a tour or book in advance online. It is the largest exhibit of its kind un the world!
If you turn up very early you might get an afternoon slot, but note it takes two hours to walk around, if not twice as long. Book in advance then you can plan your visit to the rest of Hamburg using our other videos. The town hall is worth a look, it does not take long but the tours have fixed times – so head there first and get the day’s times. The coffee roasting warehouse just along from Wunderland is worth a visit. But, the miniature ships, planes, fairground, theatre, open-air concerts and more all working take some beating. You will be asked to check backpacks and large bags in, you will be in there a long time, you might want to check coats in too. If you have kids set them a task or competition, there is often a simple one in the hand out leaflet/map.
If you arrive by cruise ship, the shuttle bus will drop you off just before the town hall, look slightly back, and over the road and you will see St Peter’s Church. Walk down that road to the canal, the historic Speicherstadt district of the city and red brick warehouses. Facing the canal, turn right and walk along a couple of bridges and you are there. It is not signposted until you are near, but it is in a red brick warehouse and you can’t miss it when you get there.
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When you see the marvel that is Wunderland, you will be shocked to think it was not even started until December 2000 by twin brothers with huge ambition, Frederik and Gerrit Braun. At first, there were just three parts: Knuffingen, Central Hamburg and Austria, which opened in August 2001 the following year. By 2012 the Wunderland had grown huge and was Hamburg’s number one tourist attraction. It was now adding a series of diorama representing social conditions and life in various periods of German history. It now covers other regions; Scandinavia, Switzerland, Italy, and the United States of America.
The railway consists of over 15,500 m (50,525 ft) of track in H0 scale on over 1,500m2 of floor space with 1,300 trains consisting of over 10,000 carriages. Plus over 100,000 moving vehicles, half a million miniature lights, 130,000 trees, and 400,000 miniature humans. The areas include Harz, the fictitious city of Knuffingen which was one of the first areas, and now including Venice, Italy the Alps and Austria, Hamburg with a replica of the airport and planes that take off, America, Scandinavia, and Switzerland. In plans and construction are France, England, Africa and Australia. The twins think very big. If you want to watch the longer version it premieres on YouTube at 1300hrs on Saturday 19th January 2019