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 7,000 m²
Layout Size over 2,300 m² 1,490 m²
Construction Areas 13 9
Track Length approx. 20,000 Meters 15,400 Meters
Trains approx. 1,300 1040
Wagons 17,000 more than 10,000
Longest Train 14.51 Meters 14.51 Meters
Signals 1,900 1,380
Switches 4,000 3,454
Computers 64 50
Lights over 500,000 approx. 385,000
Buildings and Bridges 6,000 4,110
Figurines 400,000 260,000
Kidnapped Figurines (annually)   3,500
Cars 11,000 9,250
Trees 200,000 130,000
Man Hours 900,000 760,000
Staff 320 320
Construction Cost approx. 25,000,000 € 20,000,000 €

Completed Sections

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
Trains 230
Wagons 1,930
Signals 220
Switches 450
Computers 11
Lights approx. 70,000
Buildings and Bridges 850
Figurines 40,000
Cars 1,000
Trees 29,000
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
Trains 190
Wagons 1,800
Signals 260
Switches 550
Computers 9
Lights approx. 60,000
Buildings and Bridges 1,000
Figurines 50,000
Cars 1,300
Trees 12,000
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
Trains 140
Wagons 2,250
Signals 120
Switches 300
Computers 6
Lights approx. 70,000
Buildings and Bridges 450
Figurines 30,000
Cars 800
Trees 10,000
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
Trains 150
Wagons 2,100
Signals 300
Switches 600
Computers 7
Lights approx. 50,000
Buildings and Bridges 500
Figurines 40,000
Cars 600
Ship 16
Trees 30,000
Water 30,000 liters
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
Trains 180
Wagons 2,300
Signals 300
Switches 600
Computers 7
Lights approx. 45,000
Buildings and Bridges 700
Figurines 50,000
Cars 1,000
Trees 35,000
Man Hours 110,000

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
Trains 40
Wagons 480
Signals 70
Switches 150
Computers 6
Lights approx. 40,000
Buildings and Bridges 75
Figurines 15,000
Cars 4,500 (4,000 of these in parking decks)
Trees 4,000
Man Hours approx. 130,000
Costs 3,500,000 €

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
Trains: 110
Wagons: 800
Signals: 110
Switches: 404
Computers: 4
Lights (LED): approx. 50,000
Buildings and Bridges: 450
Figures 30,000
Cars: 400
Trees: 10,000

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:

Subsection: Venice

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
Buildings 210
Bridges 25

Future Sections

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