Miniatur Wunderland opens new Latin America section

8 May 2023
Patagonia now focus top tourist attraction

Miniatur Wunderland opened Wednesday (May 3, 2023) the new Patagonia World after four years of work on two continents, more than 50,000 working hours and construction costs of almost EUR 2 million. The 65-square metre Patagonia section complements the adjacent miniature world of Rio de Janeiro and adds a wonderful attraction to the spectacular tourist magnet in Hamburg's Speicherstadt.

Model Amazon rainforest and Caribbean next

Gerrit Braun created the world's largest model railway in 2001 with his brother, Frederik, and Stephan Hertz. Speaking during the opening of the new Andes section, attended among others by Arved Fuchs, German polar explorer, and  Katharina Fegebank, Deputy Mayor of Hamburg, Gerrit noted: "Perhaps, it is precisely because this wide landscape triggers a certain feeling that Patagonia is a work of art. The team has outdone themselves again with the new technologies, the attention to detail and the boundless creativity." 

The incredible scenery is deceptively lifelike with highlights such as the infamous Drake Passage in the strait between Antarctica and Cape Horn, where many sailors have met their end in the treacherous swells. This recreated natural spectacle is highly realistic thanks to an elaborate mix of complex wave mechanics and visual projections. The play of light simulates both day and night and a looming thunderstorm. Visitors can expect a unique experience and awareness of their own size faced with the forces of nature. The world of the Andes, glaciers and penguins was created with the Martinez family of model makers in Buenos Aires. "This opening does not leave me cold either. Quite the opposite," said Gerrit. 

Germany's top tourist attraction 

Miniatur Wunderland  is now planning a section featuring the Amazon rainforest and the Andes in 2024/20225 followed by the Caribbean in 2025/2026 and parts of Asia later. The present model consists of some 1,600 square metres, over 16,000 metres of track and around 12,000 trains and carriages. Every year, more than one million people visit the giant model railway in Hamburg, which was recently voted the most popular tourist attraction in Germany for the fifth time in a row in an online survey by the German National Tourist Board.


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