About Me

I am a 45 year husband and dad, currently adjusting to life back in the United States after living in Italy for a little over two years. I love spending time with my family, cycling, model railroading, mosaics and watching TV and movies.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Miniature Wunderland, Day 2

Brandon and I slept in until 9am this morning. The last few days both of us feel like we could just sleep all day.

We had breakfast in the hotel before catching the Metro to downtown Hamburg. Our plan was to visit Miniature Wunderland for a few hours, hopefully get a "Behind the Scenes" tour, then figure out what to do in Hamburg later in the day.

We arrived at Miniature Wunderland at 10:30, booked an English tour for 11:20, then wandered around again. I wanted to specifically get some pictures of America and Scandinavia since I didn't get them yesterday.

We started in America and didn't get far before we had to meet for our tour. Our guide took us behind the scenes which allowed us to see many scenes from a different perspective, see the hidden staging areas, look under the layout at some of the tricks used to animate scenes, and learn some extra facts about the layout.

Area 51


Wunderland control room.

Behind the scenes staging area for vehicles. All vehicles have working headlights, brake lights and turn signals.


Space Shuttle waits for launch just before dark. Visitors could press a button and watch the launch sequence.

Terminal area for airport


Airport buildings in the work room

The Matterhorn - photo by Brandon

Tall viaduct - photo by Brandon

Carnival - photo by Brandon

We really enjoyed our tour and wish it could have gone on a bit longer. Lunch time. Wunderland has a nice restaurant on the second floor. Brandon enjoyed some pasta while I had beef goulash.

After lunch we wandered through the sections again, spending additional time checking out our favorite scenes. We ended up staying until 5:30 or so. 2 days = 15hours at Miniature Wunderland and we had a blast.

This evening we walked around downtown Hamburg, in the pedestrian zone. We ended up finding a Lego store. Brandon had a lot of fun looking at all the Legos. They had kits we have never seen before, even online. He ended up buying a tote of specialty parts that he was able to grab out of bins on the wall.

It was another great day in Hamburg. Tomorrow we will take a city bus tour then head to the airport for our 6:30pm flight.

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