HAMBURG, Germany--It all started when two brothers who owned a dance club and a music label decided to ditch that business and build the world's largest model train collection. Despite the guffaws of the skeptics, they raised a few million dollars and started putting it together. Their project resulted in what's called Miniatur Wunderland, which has grown from nothing in the year 2000 to draw more than a million visitors a year and become the largest attraction besides the zoo in this port city.
The collection--which features eight miles of train tracks, more than 900 trains, 5,000 cars and other vehicles, and even a full reproduction of the Hamburg airport--is hard to be believe. It has reproductions--some faithful, some fanciful--of Switzerland, Germany, Austria, a special Hamburg section, Scandinavia, and a small U.S. piece.
The collection is on two floors, and though not all the tracks are visible to the public, the entire eight miles is contiguous. (Otherwise, it wouldn't qualify to be the world's biggest)
This is a wide view of one of the Switzerland sections, including the Matterhorn.
June 17, 2011 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Daniel Terdiman/CNET
| Caption by: Daniel Terdiman
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