The “Miniatur Wunderland” exhibition, located in Hamburg, Germany, is the world’s largest model railway. If you’ve never seen it before, it’s one of the cutest, most detailed miniature models you’ll ever see in your life.
To bring new perspective to the massive model railway, Google last year built a miniature version of its Street View car and placed it in the Miniatur Wunderland, capturing footage thanks to tiny mounted cameras. You can actually see all the various worlds within the Miniatur Wunderland on Google Street View.
The results are stunning. Take a look.
Google and mapping software company Unilabs built a tiny Street View car with a tiny mounted camera to capture the sprawling model world.
...and railways of Miniatur Wunderland. Keep in mind, this model railway features over 8 miles of track.
The model railway in MIniatur Wunderland is the largest in the world. It connects all the areas of the Wunderland, which represent some iconic places around the world.
The Google car starts off on a road outside a replica of the famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.
Here, you can see a rowdy Oktoberfest celebration. The Miniatur Wunderland features more than 200,000 tiny hand-painted citizens.
The Grand Canyon! Rocky terrain aside, you can even see mini people in the valley as they white-water raft down the mini Colorado River.
Hamburg! The German city features a huge train station, massive skyscrapers and even a waterway for mini ships to pass through.
Since Hamburg is the city that houses the Miniatur Wunderland, the creators went out of their way to bring rich detail to the model replica.
The model even includes a fully fleshed-out airport with arrivals, people checking in and boarding their flights...
Of course, what's a trip to Hamburg without watching a concert from DJ Bobo, the Swiss 'King of Dance'?
Trying to get away from the city? This giant model even has Austrian ski slopes complete with skiiers and torches to light the way.
To make the snow look realistic, artists used fine glass dust to sprinkle the Wunderland's winter scene.
Throughout the day, you can watch figurines pay for gas (which mirrors real-life gas prices in Hamburg) and respond to building fires. The police and fire departments will actually send cars and people to control the fire!
Thanks to Google Street View, you'll be able to see all sorts of details you probably wouldn't even catch if you saw this model in person.
For more incredible scenes, check out Google's Street View full gallery of the Miniatur Wunderland here.
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