International travellers to Germany have chosen the world’s largest miniature model railway, in Speicherstadt, (a UNESCO world heritage site) as Germany’s most popular tourist attraction. The old town and Heidelberg castle followed in second place while the themed Europa-park in Rust, in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg, came third, German National Tourist Board (DZT) announced Friday (September 30th) on its webpage www.germany.travel.
40,0000 visitors voted
Since 2012, the German National Tourist Board (DZT) has interviewed visitors to the webpage about their favourite tourist attraction. Users can enter random attractions on a questionnaire. DZT then ranks the Top 100. From March to August 2016, over 40,000 visitors from 66 countries took part in the survey.
Guests from all over the world and Germany linked Hamburg with the Miniatur Wunderland. Michael Otremba, Managing Director of Hamburg Tourismus GmbH, said: “There could not be a greater compliment for the work of the Wunderland team. Frederik and Gerrit Braun stand for courage, inventinveness and great enthusiasm. They are closely linked with the success story of tourism in Hamburg.”
The castle and old town in Hamburg have for years counted among the favourites on the ranking and rose to fourth and second place in 2016. The Europa-Park Rust, which won last year, is among the top three this year. Other attractions regularly among the Top 10 are Neuschwanstein castle, the old town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Lake Constance and Mainau island as well as Reichenau island with its cloister (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site) and the Cologne cathedral, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Mannheim Palace, the Ulm Minister and Dresdens’s old town with the Frauenkirche (Our Lady’s Church) and the Zwinger amphitheatre are new to the list. The ranking can be found on www.germany.travel/top100.
Italian section of Miniatur Wunderland recently opened
Over 15 million visitors from all over the world have viewed eight themed sections including Austria, Scandinavia and America of Miniatur Wunderland. The model features 15 kms of tracks, 15,000 trains and carriages, 215,000 figurines and over 4,000 house depicting entire “tiny” countries. The Miniatur Wunderland is located in Speicherstadt and is one of Hamburg’s main attractions.
A miniature model of Italy including landmarks such as Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the Spanish Steps with thousands of figurines opened last week after a four-year contraction phase.