Model enthusiasts call it heaven. For the rest of us, it's simply known as Miniatur Wunderland.
Dubbed Hamburg, Germany's "most popular tourist attraction," Miniatur Wunderland (or Miniature Wonderland, in case that wasn't clear) houses the world's largest model village.
A part of a Diorama designed by Germany's Social Democratic party (SPD) is pictured at the model railway 'Miniatur Wunderland' in Hamburg
Worth roughly 15 million euro, the world's most opulent diorama is visited by up to 10,000 inquisitive tourists a day and over one million each year.
Over 500,000 working hours went into building the eight sections of this gigantic "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" universe - all which are connected by over 13 kilometers of track used by over 890 trains.
Tons of steel, wood, and plaster went into constructing replicas of Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and several locations in America like Las Vegas (with 30,000 lights), the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Yosemite, and Cape Canaveral.
Miniatur Wunderland also has the fictional town of Knuffingen, which boasts a 3.5 million euro airport.
"The world's probably smallest commercial airport opened in May 2011," says the comical narrator in the official 2012 promotional video. The intriguing new video garnered nearly 30,000 views in its first two days on YouTube.
Aside from trains and planes, Miniatur Wunderland boasts 25 ships that plow the Baltic Sea and over 250 computer-controlled vehicles that are always on the move.
"The fire brigades are constantly engaged in firefighting procedures, but the police are also busy tracking down traffic offenders," the narrator says.
There are canoodling lovers in a field of sunflowers. There are wild parties attended by hundreds of miniature people from all walks of life. There are even UFOs, fire breathers, traveling animals, and "surprisingly strong girls" that can lift cows above their heads.
A single day in this small-scale replica world lasts 15 minutes, so you can watch the day change into night as the buildings light up with thousands of LEDs.
200 push-button actions allow for viewer participation. You can even get a real chocolate from the chocolate factory by pushing a button!
If it all sounds a bit too elaborate, the team in Hamburg is not done yet. Construction began in 2001, but the full project will not be complete until 2012, at which time it will be roughly twice as big as it is today.
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