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The Mini-Europe exhibition attempts to boil down the essence of Europe into a 24,000 meter square park filled with 350 scaled down buildings. It's detailed, accurate and big: with a 25:1 scale Big Ben is four meters tall, and the Eiffel tower as high as a three story building. There's a lot of little details, quite a bit of dynamic scenery, vehicles that move around the park, and even some interactivity.
It was built in 1989, and that shows in its representation of the new European Union countries. All three Baltic nations are squeezed together so tightly in one corner it's hard to tell their displays apart. They also take up less space than a single French location, like Charles de Gaul airport. There's a definite French bias too, with that countries exhibits taking up more space than Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK combined. There's also a strong focus on Belgium, but that's to be expected as the host nation.
It's a great place for kids, and you will find lots of them running around. And if they get bored of the park there's a pirate ship playground outside the entrance gate.
Located at the foot of the Atomium, Mini-Europe is the only park where you can have a whistlestop tour of Europe in a few short hours. A truly unique journey. We enjoyed a stroll taking in the typical atmosphere of the most beautiful towns of the old Continent. All in all, 350 models and sites with an unequalled level of craftsmanship.
Situado a los pies del Atomium, Mini-Europa es el único parque donde se puede tener un recorrido rápido de Europa en unas pocas horas. Un viaje realmente único. Disfrutamos de un paseo por todas las ciudades más bellas del Viejo Continente. En total, 350 maquetas y escenarios con un nivel sin igual de la artesanía.
- Historical Travel
King Baudouin Stadium
The largest stadium in Belgium (50,000 seats) was opened in 1995 after a ten year programme to rebuild the former Heysel Stadium. The new name of the stadium is Koning Boudewijnstadion / Stade Roi Baudouin named to the predecessor of King Albert II.
The opening match of the Euro 2000 championship was played here.
The former stadium built in 1930 was of course most notorious for being the site of a terrible disaster in 1985, when thirty-nine Italian and Belgian fans died and hundreds were injured. A retaining wall separating the Liverpool followers from Juventus supporters in sector 'Z' collapsed and many were crushed or trampled when panicking Juventus fans tried to escape.
The Football Association has banned the English clubs from playing in Europe following this tragedy.
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- Family Travel
The Bru-park is an entertainment center that contains 'mini-Europe', which is scale model replicas of European landmarks. It also has plenty of cafes and restaurants. This area was surprisingly enjoyable. I thought the replicas were very cool. It also contains a cineplex with 26 screens and an Imax theatre. It was an easy ride on the metro from downtown. Seems touristy, but well worth the visit.
For the kids
Mini-Europe is located at the Atomium complex - and is a fun place to take kids to.
It has miniature models of European landmarks, and some of which are interactive and have moving elements.
The park is rather small - it take about an hour to go through it so you can wrap it around a trip to the Atomium itself.
They are open daily from 9.30am to 6pm; and in the summer to 8pm
Ticket cost Euro 12 for adults, small children can enter for free (they have a rather peculiar rule, based on height rather than age so children under 1.2m can enter for free).
Atomium & Mini Europe
Atomium is probably the main landmark of Brussels. Getting a photograph in front of it is a must if you are visiting Belgium. There is always a long lineup for tickets to visit the Atomium inside so you might just decide to save some time and visit the Mini Europe park right next to it. This park contains many of the main landmarks from counties of the European Union and is probably more fun than the Atomium.
Mini Europe - A journey to Europe in 2 hours
It's a large area where people who know Europe decide to creat its minature. You can see popular monuments of countries -members to European Union. It's in the Bruparck, a little far from the city centre, next to Atomium.
The impressive was that I was taller than Eiffel Tour or Vezuvius volcano. There are also buttons you can press for listening every country's traditional music or you can see something special for that monument. For example when we pushed abutton to Vezuvius the land started trembling!
At the exit there are games concerned what you see (questions, quizz etc.)
Mini Europe is a great walk around Europe.
Ticket costs: 12E/adults and 9E/children 12
- School Holidays
- Theme Park Trips
- Family Travel
This is a place where you may see minatures of most popular buildings and monuments located in Europe... MINI-EUROPE is the only park where you can have a whitlestop tour around Europe in a few short hours.
The incomparable chimes of Big Ben welcome you to the heart of London. The gondolas and mandolins will invite you to discover the charms of Venice. Follow the T.G.V. from Paris to the other end of France. You can make the models work yourself : the eruption of Vesuvius, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the bullfight in Seville and many more…
Mini Europe - an Atomium alternative tourist trap
I had a good time in Mini Europe, although, when I got in, I was pissed off because of the Atomium "fraud". We had a chance of taking photos jumping over Big Ben and other childish things that felt nice.
I was a bit dissapointed because of the Parthenon location though :((
Are we even since I'm telling all this bad stuff about the Atomium then?
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Mini-Europe is located in the Heysel area of NW Brussels and features a large area of model buildings and street scenes from each country of the EU. I arrived early on a Monday when the park had just opened and had the whole place to myself to wander around in and marvel and the intricately designed models. Each model has a scale of 1/25 and 55 professional workshops from 9 EU countries were contracted to carry out the mammoth task in making the 100 plus models.
As you walk round the models you can play each countries national anthems by pressing a big red button on top of a sign that shows population and area figures for that country. The models are very well done. Favourites for me are the House of Parliament (UK), Grand Place (Brussels!), Eiffel Tower, Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Pisa (Italy), Mount Vesuvius (Italy - where you press a button and it erupts shaking the ground and sending smoke into the air), Prague and all the models in Holland and Belgium.
If you pick up a leaflet from your hotel it may have a €1,00 off the entrance coupon which is handy to take as the entrance fee is a rather hefty €12,00. You're given a good booklet that outlines all the models in each country when you pay.
Open: 9.30am - 6pm daily or 9.30-8pm daily in summer. Admission: €12,00.
- Theme Park Trips
Mini Europe and Atomium
I had mixed opinions given by people on both the Atomium and Mini Europe, some saying that our twin sons, age 4, would be bored. Not so! Our sons would move into the Atomium if given the chance. It has had a recent facelift so I don't know what it was like before and they hadn't finished placing all the exhibitions inside the, what are they called? The balls, the atoms? The entrance fee is currently €9 per adult and for the experience of climbing up all those atoms it is value for money. The boys got in for free, the advantages of being 4 I suppose. Firstly you have to take various stairs and escalators up, including one scarily steep one, not for vertigo sufferers! Then, on decending back down to the bottom you take an elevator up to the top, the elevator has a clear ceiling so look up if you dare. The views are wonderful from the top, as my eldest boy said, "Mummy are we giants now?" The restaurant is quite pricy, high prices for a high position.
We were giants again when we took the short walk over to Mini Europe. Now this was a lot of fun for adults and children. The buildings are fantastic, I doubt minature buildings are to everyones taste - well, just don't go then because this place is full of them. The interactive buttons and exhibition at the end kept the tiddlers happy. The attention to detail and the facts and figures kept the big ones happy! You get a handy booklet at the entrance plus a photograph with the turtle mascot which you have the option to buy (as a photograph or keyring) later on.
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Looking at this picture might be misleading, this is not the real City Hall but the miniature one in Mini Europe - one of the must see of Brussels - in the Brupark near the Atomium. The hall is in fact taller than a human, and the Grand Place is pictured during the flower carpet festival.
Europe in a nutshell
In the shade of one of Brussels most, if not the most, renowned features, The Atomium, lies Mini Europe as a part of the leisure park Bruparck. It is a collection of famous buildings from all over (western) Europe. Depending on how meticulously one scrutinises the craftily reproduced models the visit can last from about three hours up to half a day or more. A cafetaria is at hand to quench ones thirst or have a meal or just enjoy a drink on the terrace overlooking the scene. A souvenir stand is present on the premises as well as a souvenir stand in the cafetaria itself. Linked to the attraction is "The Spirit of Europe", an interactive exposition revealing the many facets of the united Europe as we know it today through a number of games and quizzes.
- Family Travel
- Theme Park Trips
visit Mini Europe!
My sis and I enjoyed Mini Europe! Yes, the place is full of miniatures of major tourist spots in Europe like the San Marco Square in Venice, the Monastery in Melk, Austria, the Big Ben in London, etc.
Mini-Europe is like Madurodam in The Netherlands; the Belgian version is more interesting for European people. Listen to the national anthems of all EU-countries and visit the exhibition at the end; it's something you will never forget.
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