St. Wendelberg in the Alps

There is a secret area in the inner part of St. Wendelberg, which can only be discovered through a small opening at the front side. From the outside you can see trains disappearing in the depth and re-emerging just below the peak.

Having a look at the inner parts of the mountain, you can see the largest track helix of the Wunderland. It offers more than 170 metres of track, splitting into 12 circles each with a diameter of 1.6 metre, which screw up like a thread. By means of this helix, trains can overcome a height of 1.4 m on a length of 75 metres (this equals a running-time of 5 minutes). Threaded bolts and screw nuts of 16 mm make it possible to exactly adjust the increase of every level.

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. 

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