Miniature cities aren’t toys, although they can be surprisingly fun. These unique build replicate some of the world’s most famous buildings in a faithful world of miniature. They offer the ultimate opportunity to feel like Gulliver, or analyze unique engineering decisions on a smaller scale. This is one incredible way of visiting the Eiffel Tower alongside the Colosseum or even an entire metropolis, in one day.
It really is a small world after all. These are 10 incredible miniature cities worthy of attention.
Located near Houston, Texas, the Forbidden Gardens is an outdoor museum replicating some of China’s major historical sites. The museum got its name from two of its major features: a 1:20 scale model of the Forbidden City, with hundreds of palace buildings and figurines and the small grounds for walking and viewing additional exhibits.
Located in Istanbul, Miniatürk is the largest miniature park in the world. The park contains 105 models of historic monuments from Istanbul, Anatolia and former Ottoman provinces done in a 1:25 scale. Two structures of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus are also featured.
8. Window of the World
The Window of the World is located in the western part of the city of Shenzhen in China. It has about 130 reproductions of some of the most famous tourist attractions in the world squeezed into 48 hectares (480,000 square meters). The 108 meter (354 ft) tall Eiffel Tower dominates the skyline.
7. France Miniature
France Miniature is an outdoor park in the shape of France that contains about 160 outdoor 1:30 scale models of major French monuments and landmarks. The location of the miniature monuments correlate approximately with their real-world locations in France.
6. Shanghai Exhibition Center | Incredible Miniature Cities
Housed in a modern five-story building, The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center displays Shanghai’s urban planning and development. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a huge scale model of the city of Shanghai as it will look in 2020.
5. Tobu World Square
Tobu World Square is a theme park in Japan housing over a hundred 1:25 scale models of famous buildings, complete with 140,000 1:25 miniature people. Monuments include the Statue of Liberty, the Pyramids of Giza, Buckingham Palace and St. Peter’s Basilica.
The smallest city in the Netherlands, Madurodam is a 1:25 scale model of a Dutch city. It features traditional Dutch buildings and famous landmarks from around the country. Buildings, markets, canals, windmills, Schiphol Airport, the Port of Rotterdam, Dam Square, the Delta works are all perfectly replicated to the smallest detail.
3. Museum of Roman Civilization
The Museum of Roman Civilization (Museo della Civilta Romana) is situated at EUR, a modern city that was the brainchild of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. The museum houses a famous scale model of ancient Rome designed by Italo Gismondi. The 20 by 20 meter (66 x 66 ft) large model shows the buildings of Rome in the early 4th century during the reign of the emperor Constantine I.
2. Legoland Billund
Located next to the original Lego factory, Legoland Billund is the largest tourist attraction in Denmark outside Copenhagen. At the heart of Legoland Billund is Miniland, a miniature Lego city with famous tourist spots and attractions. There are moving Lego parts such as bridges, boats and trains that make Miniland even more realistic.
1. Queens Museum of Art
The Queens Museum of Art is home to the amazing Panorama of the City of New York, a scale model of New York City built for the 1964 World’s Fair. The 9,335-square-foot (867.2 m2) architectural model includes every single building constructed before 1992 in all five boroughs. The total of 895,000 individual structures took three years and a team of 100 people to built. In 1992 model makers changed over 60,000 structures to bring the miniature city up-to-date.