World's biggest model airport opens

World's biggest model airport opens

The aircraft 'fly,' the cars move and the people queue. But Knuffingen Airport in Hamburg functions in a single room

You might think US$4.8 million is a bargain for a fully functioning airport -- but this one could fit inside your basement. 

Knuffingen Airport is the latest exhibit at Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany, and after seven years in the making it has finally opened to the public. 

It features 40 model aircraft and 90 vehicles that move and 'fly' around the airport, and 15,000 mini people. Not a single moment of air rage, however. 

 

Knuffingen Airport

The airport is a reproduction of Hamburg'€™s International Airport and joins the world's biggest model railroad system, also exhibited at Minatur Wunderland

 

Knuffingen Airport

The model includes around 40,000 lights, 15,000 figurines, 500 cars, 10,000 trees, 50 trains and 300 buildings. 

 

model airport Germany


The model covers 150 square meters and includes a variety of aircraft including Airbus A380s. 

 

Knuffingen Airport

Lighting gives the airport a night-time hue and shows off the functioning lights on cars such as headlights and indicators. 

 

model airport Hamburg

Aircraft appear to fly thanks to the use of wires and disappear into a blanket of "cloud."

 

model airport Hamburg

 

model airport Hamburg

 

model airport Germany

 

getting there

Miniatur WunderlandKehrwieder 2-4, Block D  20457 Hamburg – Speicherstadt, Germany

Opening hours: Daily, 9.30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Prices: Adults €12 (US$18); Children €6. Click here for ticket reservations

 

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