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Miniworld Rotterdam (formerly known as Railz Miniworld) is the largest indoor miniature world of the Netherlands! You can see model trains, cars, boats, typical Dutch houses and and famous buildings from Rotterdam. This paradise for families with children and model lovers is definiteley worth a visit. Miniworld Rotterdam is like a smaller, indoor version of Madurodam, the famous miniature city in The Hague.
Miniworld Rotterdam consists of a number of non existing cities and harbours which can be viewed at eye level. The first little town you'll visit is the imaginary town Marendam, a small coastal village with dunes, a pier with a lighthouse, a boulevard and a blast furnace. The inspiration of Marendam is based on villages like Hoek of Holland, Maassluis, Rozenburg and Brielle. When you walk along you come to the villages Leckenzijl, Sluishoek and Zeshuizen. These imaginary villages were based on cities like Brielle, Delft, Brielle, Ouddorp and Wassenaar. This part of Miniworld is all about water management and you can see polders, pumping stations and the famous Kinderdijk Windmills.
Slowly but surely you get closer to the big city. First you visit the city of Hooghburgt, inspired by the suburbs of Rotterdam such as Schiedam, Vlaardingen, Capelle a / d IJssel, Hoogvliet and Spijkenisse. Here you can see underground stations, the St. Willibrord Church, the historic trainstation of Dordrecht and high speed trains. The miniature port area shows models of Botlek, Europoort and the Maasvlakte. In the harbour you will find large ships, cranes, containers, trucks, freight trains, the Caland Bridge and a real refinery.
Finally you arrive in Rotterdam where you can find models of the Erasmus Bridge, Hotel New York, the new Central Station, the Hef lift bridge, the Ahoy venue, the Cube Houses, Rotterdam City Hall, the Lijnbaan, CHIO, the Laurenskerk Church, Delfshaven, Minigolf Parkhaven and the Euromast.
One of the fun things of Miniworld is that you can see some buildings, that no longer exist. The imaginary Miniworld still shows the Hofplein station and historic Delft Gate, which were both destroyed during Wold War II. Furthermore you can see the old Blaak train station, the former Maas Bridges and the train track through the city centre, which were all replaced by the current train tunnel.
Over 100 model trains ride through Miniworld Rotterdam on a two kilometer track. The trains pass plenty of model cars and buildings and pass bridges and through tunnels. Many landmarks are interactive: push a button and you put something in motion such as a train or a music concert in the Ahoy venue. Every 24 minutes the lights simulate day and night. At night, the streets and snugly houses are illuminated by tens of thousands of lights. That looks great!
Mini world is a great experience for kids: there is a surprise or something funny to see wherever you watch! A World War II bomb is being dismantled, an angry truck driver destroys a convertible and a building is on fire. Even Pippi Langkous and the clowns Bassie and Adriaan are hidden in Miniworld Rotterdam! Kids can also participate in a quest to find hidden details or celebrate their birthday party in Miniworld Rotterdam.
When you've seen all the models you can visit the work shop to see how the models are built or you can see how the miniature world is controlled from the command centre. Watch a short film about how the model railway was built. In the gift shop you can buy your own models as a souvenir to build at home. A behind the scenes tour takes you to areas which are normally not accessible to visitors. You have to book this tour in advance.
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Miniworld Rotterdam is located close to the Central Station at Weena 745. From Rotterdam Central Station, get there by metro or train and stop at Central Station. From there it's a short walk. Plan your trip at www.9292.nl. It's free of charge. To travel by public transport in Rotterdam you must purchase a travel chip card first.
You can park in the Schouwburgplein or Groothandelsgebouw parkings or in the surrounding streets, but you'll have to pay to park in Rotterdam city centre until 11 pm by EC card or creditcard. Please check our page about parking in Rotterdam for more information.
" Nice model railway not only for kids. I enjoyed it more than Madurodam. Day and night cycle is cool idea. Thanks! "
" Lots of passion went into this project... Some really nice details. Can't say too much otherwise I'll spoil it ;)"
" A miniature of the whole Rotterdam. For every 20 mins, lights on and off to feel the real rotterdam during day time and night time. Not a must see place but a good place to kill time."
" Always wanted to visit a place like this and now I got the chance in Rotterdam. I think the admittance fee of 11.50 EUR is reasonable. One could easily spend 40-60 minutes here admiring the spectacular work which has been done. "
" A perfect spot to hang out with a child. We passed one hour in here, but it was not enought."
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