On Thursday, 10 September, Marco Frigatti, highest judge of the Guinness Book of Records, officially handed to Frederik and Gerrit Braun a long wanted certificate: Miniatur Wunderland has thus been officially confirmed as the world’s largest model railway . On this occasion, the owner-operators extended the giant t rail network of Wonderland by another 2.4 kilometers. With the new section on Italy, 15.4 km of tracks have been added to the miniature wonderland. Completion of the final buildings in the new Italy section have been scheduled for summer 2016.
Entry into the Guinness Book of Records
In the Guinness Book of Records, the Miniatur Wunderland is being represent by a double page. The book and the report will appear in 26 countries with a circulation of 3,000,000 copies.
Not the First Record
Next to being recognised as the world’s largest model railway, the Hamburg facility is also holding the record for being the largest miniature airport. “In the history of our Miniatur Wunderland, we have already broken one or another record. It’s a lot of dun to playfully approach a challenge and to create something that has not been achieved by anybody else. We are determined to attack yet another record in the next few years”, explains co-founder Gerrit Braun.
Future Miniature Landscapes
Indeed, the twin brothers Gerrit and Frederik Braun still have big plans for their Miniatur Wunderland. “After the opening of our Italian section next summer, detailed models of the UK, France, Monaco and parts of Africa are to follow”: http: //www.hamburg-news .hamburg / de / cluster / tourism / Miniatur Wunderland-builds-further-out /. “We hope to have had Guinness as a guest not for the last time”, thus says Frederik Braun.
According to the twins, the model railway in Hamburg’s wolrd heritage warehouse district is visited each year by more than 1.2 million visitors. Founded in 2001 by Gerrit and Frederik Braun, the facility has been continously expanded and improved. Already in their youth, the brothers were entrepreneurs. In the 1990s, they jointly operated a nightclub in Hamburg. After the sale of the two clubs, they founded their model railway in the warehouse district.
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