World’s Largest Model Airport Costs Almost As Much As Real One

Europe, Germany, Offbeat, Travel News — By Zain Iqbal on May 12, 2011 at 9:37 am

Do you have €3.5 million (or about $5 million) lying around somewhere? Perhaps in a Swiss bank or maybe an tax-exempt offshore account in the Caribbean? If the answer is yes, why not splurge and recreate your favorite scale model? That’s about how much it cost to build the world’s largest model airport at Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, an exhibition of miniature scenes in Hamburg, Germany. The model took six years to complete and is in operation according to this photo from The Telegraph. We found a preview of when the airport was under construction (see below) complete with a scale model of a United Airlines Boeing 777.

Image: Andrey Belenko/Flickr

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg is no stranger to the world of model construction as it claims to have the largest model railway in the world, although for some reason the Madurodam in the Netherlands is probably a bit more well known. Still, the owners of Miniatur Wunderland are proud of their models and their new addition, so much so they have a promotional video out on YouTube, where you can see a working preview of the airport section complete with taxiing aircraft (at about the 4:00 minute mark.)


If NileGuide was to create this model, it would probably be representative of our beautiful hometown of San Francisco, complete with the Golden Gate Bridge, AT&T Park, or perhaps the entire Mission District complete with a hipster-filled Dolores Park and food carts. Hella sweet.


Tags: Hamburg, Miniatur Wunderland, model airport, scale models

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