"Explore Holland in Miniature" Madurodam by jo104

Madurodam Travel Guide: 53 reviews and 163 photos

Mention Madurodum to adult Dutchies and they will probably get that glazed look in their eyes as they start to reminisce about their childhood. This city may be the smallest in Holland hosting the whole of Holland in miniature form but its definitely not only for the little ones.

Stroll through various focal places in Holland there are some 167 numbered masterpieces to behold. The models show the beautiful examples of Dutch architecture through the ages. There is a railway system with various stations and model trains just as in the big world go about their business ferrying passengers to their destinations. You will see moving canal boats in those canal cties which is something one might do in Amsterdam.

Some of these models have taken 4 years to build and the scale models are very valuable some costing as much as Euro 450,000. A team of 35 experts are involved working on construction and maintenance of the site. You may be amazed as well to find out that the greenery is in fact real, small leaved trees and shrubs are used although these trees can grow up to 15metres in length, so they are pruned regularly so they are no more then 60 centimetres

As you enter the park you will be greeted by the model of Hansje Brinker the little boy who put this finger in the dyke.

Queen Beatrix was appointed the first mayoress of the miniature city at its opening a position she fulfilled until she was crowned queen in 1980 but she is still the city's patroness.

Each of the model cities are clearly numbered and providing you follow the yellow markings on the footpath you should have no trouble strolling the right way whilst making reference to your coloured guide which gives all the details of the model.

I will take you through some of the models I took photographs in the tips section. Be aware that you could spend a whole day here, I was suprised that we spent about 2.5hours browsing.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Helps to plan the next trip to Holland
  • Cons:It takes longer then you think to get around
  • In a nutshell:Seen it small - Now see the larger version
  • Last visit to Madurodam: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated Oct 5, 2006
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2009 at 3:03 AM

    Love minature villages. Have visited Holland down under twice, under my Coffs Harbour page, and one on Great Britain in Canberra, they both were beautiful, especially the English one. Wish I had a digital camera then.

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2009 at 4:35 AM

    Amazing! This place is sooo cute! :o) xx

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2008 at 2:09 AM

    It's a small world after all, isn't it? But what happened to your Munt Tower tip??

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2006 at 9:16 AM

    I've been here as a kid! Thanks for bringing back memories!

  • keida84's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2006 at 7:57 AM

    I am fascinated at the miniatures. In Chicago at the Art Institute they have a whole room dedicated to miniatures. I marvel at the talent of the artists. Thanks for sharing Jo

  • Tripack's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2006 at 11:37 AM

    SMALL is Beautiful!

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2006 at 3:05 PM

    Miniature Holland is very cute!

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2006 at 9:08 AM

    You've managed to capture mini-Holland and elevate it to virtual Holland!

  • iris2002's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2006 at 8:23 AM

    awwwwwww how cute mini-holland :) haha.... lovely page and funny as ever :D hugz xxx

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