International visitors have voted Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s biggest model railway, the number one tourist attraction in Germany for the second consecutive year – a tremendous honour not only for the exhibit but also Hamburg and Germany. Europapark Rust, an adventure park, followed in second place and Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria came third, according to a survey by the German National Tourist Board (GNTB). As a new entrant to the top 100, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, which only opened its doors in January, soared to 51st place.
Participants from 60 countries
The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) has published its “Top 100 sights and attractions in Germany” ranking since 2012. International users of the GNTB website can enter their favourite sight or attraction, and the results go towards the top 100 ranking. Some 32,000 users from over 60 countries voted between September 2016 and June 2017.
Miniatur Wunderland – great excitement
Commenting on the honour, the operators and creators of Miniatur Wunderland, the delighted brothers Gerrit and Frederik Braun, said: “The last days have been pure madness for us. On 16 August, Miniatur Wunderland celebrated its 16th anniversary, and one day later we welcomed the 16 millionth visitor. And now, after merely 16 years in operation, we have been voted the most popular sight in Germany. For us, this is a modern-day fairytale. We are confident that even in adulthood, Miniatur Wunderland will continue to have the heart of a child and make people from around the world happy with its miniature world.”
Nine themed worlds in Miniatur Wunderland depict entire countries in miniature – with more than 15 kilometres of tracks, 15,000 locomotives and carriages, 215,000 figurines and 4,000 miniature houses. The depicted countries include Austria, the Nordic countries, the United States and most recently, Italy, and are continuously being expanded. Located in the historic Speicherstadt warehouse district, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Miniatur Wunderland is a major attraction in Hamburg.
New entrant – Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Four sights in Hamburg have put the city in the top 100 ranking for the first time. The Speicherstadt ranked 47th while HafenCity Hamburg and St Pauli Fischmarkt came 62nd. The new entrant, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, ranked 51st in the list of Germany’s most popular tourist attractions.