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Visiting Madurodam – The Netherlands – A miniature city in 1:25 scale

January 14, 2012

by Seb Perez

A while ago we visited Madurodam in The Netherlands. Madurodam is one of the greatest dioramas we have ever seen in 1:25 scale. It’s not only a diorama. It’s a miniature city or, actually, a miniature country, representing the most important attractions of The Netherlands at one place.

There you’ll find small areas of Amsterdam, airplanes taxing for take off at Schiphol airport, the Rijksmuseum, train stations, highways, etc. It’s a great source of inspiration for any scale model builder. The city has more than 300 buildings, thousands of die-cast cars trucks and buses, hundreds of miniature trees, etc.
In the coming months Madurodam will be undergoing a metamorphosis. Next year the miniature city will be celebrating its 60th anniversary and will be celebrating that milestone by giving the city a facelift.

Via numerous interactions, both young and old will be able to roll up their sleeves and get to work, for example by actually operating a scale model of the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier, pumping out a polder and loading and unloading ships in the Port of Rotterdam.Digital information screens and a personal smartphone will give visitors a multimedia experience of the stories behind the objects. A playground themed around the Wadden Sea and new catering facilities will complete the new Madurodam.

Now you know. if your ever visit The Netherlands, as a model builder, visiting Madurodam is a must!
About Madurodam:
Madurodam, established as a monument to resistance hero George Maduro, is one of the most well-known day attractions in the Netherlands. Since it was opened on 2 July 1952, Madurodam has welcomed more than 50 million visitors from the Netherlands and from abroad. The miniature city now receives approximately 600,000 visitors per year. The revenue from Madurodam is used for charitable causes for children via the Madurodam Support Fund Society (Stichting Madurodam Steunfonds).

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steve January 15, 2012 at 4:51 am


Max Slangen January 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm

i live in the netherlands and i was in madurodam about 3 times. its pretty awesome and you should really go there if youre in amsterdam

Alex January 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Hi Seb,
from Tenerife, we spoke some days ago. This post reminds me that we also have a miniature city to visit were I live. Here some pics although I’m not sure what scale it is I would guess it’s something close to 1/20, could be 1/18 but also 1/24

More to be found if you search for “Pueblo Chico”

Seb January 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Hi Alex! That’s cool! Thanks for sharing. I’ve never been to Tenerife, but now I know I can do more than lying on the beach there 😉 If you have pictures of your own that want to share with us, we can write a post about “Pueblo Chico” if you want.

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