Mini-Europe – an invitation to travel:
Where can you have a whistle-stop tour of Europe in a few hours, that costs only a few Euros per person and without boarding any planes, buses or trains? The answer is – at Brussels’ Mini-Europe.
Mini-Europe is a fun, family interactive attraction where the most famous monuments in Europe are replicated in miniature models. Visitors can go on an animated tour with visual and sound effects of 350 miniatures and attractions that you won’t find anywhere else.
Located at the foot of Brussels’ famous Atomium, Mini-Europe is a unique park that allows families to experience the typical ambience of the most beautiful towns of the European continent. The familiar chimes of Big Ben will welcome you to the heart of London, the gondolas and mandolins in front of the Doge’s Palace invite you to discover the charms of Venice and then follow the T.G.V. from Paris to the furthest end of France.
Visitors can make Vesuvius erupt and feel the explosion, cause the fall of the Berlin Wall and in Seville watch a bullfight, and many more. There are over 350 models and sites such as the Grand Place in Brussels, the Acropolis, all involving amazing craftsmanship. And for those who enjoy interactive multimedia games, don’t forget to visit the European Space.
Mini-Europe is not just the folly of a fun-park operator. In 1987 a few art historians selected over one hundred buildings from various parts of the EU. Selection of the buildings were based on the following criteria:
- socio-cultural and architectural value
- symbolic European beauty of the site
- technical challenges involved in putting together a replica on a scale of 1/25
The scale of 1/25 and the tremendous precision demanded of the model-makers required detailed on-site research, accurate scale drawings and thousands of photographs of details.
Every Saturday from July 19 – August 16th, Mini-Europe is open in the evenings for a magical light show.