A miniature model of Italy including landmarks such as Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the Spanish Steps with thousands of figurines will be opened by Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg and Alessandro Gaudiano, Italy’s emissary in Germany, at Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s largest model railway attraction. This latest exhibit will be open to the public from September 29th, 2016. Miniatur Wunderland was founded by brothers Geritt and Frederik Braun and the duo has outdone themselves again after months spent toiling on this extraordinary model.
Picturesque coastline and historic sites
The soul of Bella Italia spreads out over 190 square metres and features beautiful beaches and sunshine as well as the historic Pompeii and the ruins of the Colosseum in Rome. The model buiders spent 23 months labouring on over 3,000 individual parts. The section features the Amalfi Coast with its pristine beaches, the rugged Cinque Terre portion of coast on the Italian Riviera as well as the Vatican with a flowerbed and papal coat of arms. Even an erupting, fire-spitting Mount Vesuvius is featured in the exhibit. Next year, a separate section focusing on Venice will follow.
50, 000 LED lights
Fifty people spent 180,000 hours working on the 190 square metre section and have cast over three tons of plaster at a cost of EUR 4 million since early 2013. The exhibit features 2,400 metres of railway tracks with 110 trains. Some 50,000 LED lights have been installed to ensure perfect lighting. Around 30,000 figurines of Italians and tourists have been made as well as 400 cars. The area can be set in motion at 25 stations by simply pressing a button. Every few minutes, day becomes night, and red, white and blue lamps shone on the ceiling make for realistic sunrises and sunsets. Commenting on the magnificent model, the Braun brothers enthused: “The result is sensational. No other section contains such details.”
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