The Alps and Austria

Blick von der Burg Wendelstein über die Gleisanlagen von St. Wendel

The Alps in Austria are by far not as high as the Alps in Switzerland, but considerably older. The Austrian section belongs to the primary layout of Miniatur Wunderland and was a big challenge for the team of the Wunderland in the year 2000.

The brothers Braun, both from the German lowlands, wanted Hamburg’s Alps to meet the satisfaction of Alpine dwellers. Moreover, every so-called “Fischkopp” (fish-head - a person from the coastal region of Germany), should be fascinated by the mountain layout in the Miniatur Wunderland as well.

Countless tons of plaster were added in numerous working hours, formed with a chisel, and later on painted. Wanting to illustrate authentic mountain life, typical attributes have been integrated. In the Wunderland Alps, all four seasons are mixed up. Besides skiers and figure skaters, there are also climbers and hikers exploring the fantastic green mountain pastures and rocky slopes.

History of the Wunderland

Frederik Braun and his then-girlfriend and today's wife were visiting the alpine city of Zurich in July 2000. Sauntering together through the alleys of Zurich's town center, they came across a railway model shop, which at once evoked childhood memories in Frederik.

During the following hours, the idea of realizing the long forgotten childhood dream became more and more mature. 

Read the complete story..