Facts & Figures about Wunderland
What we cannot describe in words, we try to describe with numbers:
General Wunderland Facts
|Current Planning Until 2028||Current (Autumn 2016)|
|Leased Floorspace||10,000 m²||6,800 m²|
|Layout Size||over 2,300 m²||1,490 m²|
|Track Length||approx. 20,000 Meters||15,400 Meters|
|Wagons||17,000||more than 10,000|
|Longest Train||14.51 Meters||14.51 Meters|
|Lights||over 500,000||approx. 385,000|
|Buildings and Bridges||6,000||4,110|
|Construction Cost||approx. 25,000,000 €||16,000,000 €|
The Miniatur Wunderland is steadily growing. Currently, there are 9 completed model layouts: Austria, Knuffingen, Middle Germany, Hamburg, USA, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Knuffingen Airport and Italy.
Here are a few facts about the existing sections:
1st - 3rd Section: Middle Germany, Knuffingen, and Austria
Everything started with these three sections. Highlights include: beautiful landscapes, the revolutionary carsystem with operating fire engines, beautiful Alps with functional lifts, a large fun fair, an ICE high-speed route, and much more.
|Construction Phase||December 2000 - August 2001|
|Model Area||approx. 300 m²|
|Track Length||3,000 meters|
|Buildings and Bridges||850|
|Man Hours||approx. 60,000|
4th Section: Hamburg
Highlights: Lots of trains busily operating, unique city with landmarks such as St. Michael's Church, Volkspark Stadium (with 12,000 figurines), Köhlbrand Bridge, St. Pauli Landungsbrücken (harbour piers), Historic Warehouse District, the harbour, Hagenbeck's Zoo, and more...
|Construction Phase||November 2001 - November 2002|
|Model Area||approx. 200 m²|
|Track Length||2,600 meters|
|Buildings and Bridges||1,000|
|Work Hours||approx. 95,000|
5th Section: USA
Highlights: Grand Canyon, Las Vegas with its more than 30,000 lights, the Rocky Mountains, the amazing Carsystem with American fire engines, Miami, the Everglades, Area 51, Cape Canaveral, Pueblo villages, logging camps, and so on…
|Construction Phase||January 2003 - December 2003|
|Model Area||approx. 100 m²|
|Track Length||1,400 meters|
|Buildings and Bridges||450|
|Man Hours||approx. 80,000|
6th Section: Scandinavia
Highlights: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland, our real water basin, Northern lights, high and low tide, Artic Sea, moose, navigating ships, and snow…
|Construction Phase||July 2004 - July 2005|
|Model Area||approx. 300 m²|
|Track Length||2,000 meters|
|Buildings and Bridges||500|
|Man Hours||approx. 105,000|
7th Section: Switzerland
This section was the most demanding from a modeller's point of view. The 5-6 meters high summits of Switzerland's Alps loom through a 100 sqm large hole in the ceiling. Trains snake through stunning canyons to the third floor, where the bulk of the Switzerland Alps is emerging. On a twined metal staircaise which leads through the inner of the Alps passing stalactite caves and grottos, you will reach the new floor. Here you have an astonishing view on the mountains whose peaks vanish in the clouds. Ticino is only a few steps away from there. With its characteristic landscape and lake it is definitely a very special part in the Wunderland world. Not only Ticino was built in Wunderland, but 3 cantons in total have been established in Wunderland's Switzerland.
Many different features have been installed in the area of the three cantons such as a functioning chocolate factory and an open air festival featuring DJ Bobo.
Work on our "Mini"-Switzerland started in October 2005 and the modelling team of Gerhard Dauscher worked almost day and night. Finally, on November 12th 2007, our Switzerland was inaugurated with a great ceremony.
|Construction Phase||October 2005 - November 2007|
|Model Area||250 m²|
|Track Length||approx. 3,000 Meters|
|Buildings and Bridges||700|
8th Section: Knuffingen Airport
The 125 sqm large airport, located in the middle of the Alps, was a big technical challenge. More than six years the technology to find a solution for a realistic simulation of takeoffs and landings has been developed. The Airport has finally been opened in May 2011. Besides the simulation for takeoff and landing, there is a large advanced Carsystem which moves not only vehicles, but also airplanes. The Airport is the largest model airport and is technically as groundbreaking as the Carsystem. The 25 sqm of Bavaria, incuding Castle Neuschwanstein, complete this section.
|Construction Phase||June 2005 - May 2011|
|Model Area||150 m²|
|Track Length||1,000 Meters|
|Buildings and Bridges||75|
|Cars||4,500 (4,000 of these in parking decks)|
|Man Hours||approx. 130,000|
9th Section: Italy
Vacation country Italy sure has a lot to offer - sun, beaches, mountains, ancient cities and buildings. Rebuilding all of that on just 190 sqm is unfortunately impossible, because just Rome alone could fill the entire layout space. But some well-known cities, beautiful landscapes and mountains, architectural masterpieces and of course the Roman cable car have been included. The volcano Vesuvius and the city perished by its outbreak, Pompeii, as well as the regions Cinque Terre, Amalfi and South Tyrol can be visited as well.
Table: 9 Italy
|Construction Phase:||Beginning 2013 - September 2016|
|Model Area:||190 m²|
|Man Hours:||180,000 Hours|
|Track Length:||2,400 Meters|
|Lights (LED):||approx. 50,000|
|Buildings and Bridges:||450|
Sections under construction
There are open-to-view workshops and construction areas in Miniatur Wunderland. This means that you can actually see our modellers and technicians work on new parts, and you can better understand how much effort we put into this exhibit. Here are some facts about the sections currently under construction:
Already in 2017 we plan on completing our Italy section with the beautiful city of Venice. Due to space restrictions, we unfortunately have to remove part of our South Tyrol section, the Vinschgau,in order to include Venice. The focus will definitely be on the construction of buildings, due to the high recognition value of this popular tourist destination. We therefore have to work with great detail.
|Construction Phase||August 2016 - December 2017|
|Model Area||10 m²|
|- of which is Water Area||4 m²|
We already have new construction plans until 2028, and we have many more ideas for other building projects. It is certain that we will build Venice and Monaco next. After that we'll start working on England, the mother country of trains, then France and Benelux. After that there are different options available. Presently our favourites are Africa, Asia, the Middle East or a futuristic landscape. We will see...
The current planning is as follows:
08/2016 - 12/2017 Venice
06/2017 - 02/2019 Monaco
01/2019 - 06/2021 England / Scotland
01/2021 - 11/2023 France
09/2023 - 06/2025 probably Irleland / Wales
04/2025 - 06/2026 Benelux
04/2026 - 11/2028 Asien, Africa, the Middle East or a futuristic landscape