The Hague got a very cute speciality ... m a d u r o d a m
Madurodam could be the city in your hand because famous for its miniature size (smallest city). See the Amsterdam canal-houses, the airplanes on the renewed Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, enjoy the cheese market place of Alkmaar. Smell the tulips of Keukenhof, admire the DeltaWorks, all set in magnificent walking paths and beautiful gardens.
We made some great fashion-pics with children and got the permission to enter the areas of the smallest Dutch buildings. The kids had a great time (see pic) ...
* open In winter-time Madurodam 09:00 - 18:00
* open in summer-time until 22:00 hrs
(price >>> for adults 12.00 - for kids 8.75 Euro)
There is parking place at Madurodam.
Madurodam was created back in the 50's as a memorial for a POW of WWII combined as a means of collecting money for a student sanitarium. The sanitarium was closed in the 60's but still the earnings go to charities. It has miniatures of very dutch places but also includes an airport, a railway and even a highway.. You can see such buildings as the Cathedral of Den Bosch, various windmills, Gouda's cheese market and much more.. but also Amsterdam's redlight district isn't forgotten. And even in this miniature city you can get a wheel clamp !
Opening hours 2003
01 Sept 2002 -20 March 2003 from 09.00 till 18.00 hrs.
21 March 2003 - 30 June 2003 from 09.00 till 20.00 hrs.
01 July 2003 - 31 August 2003 from 09.00 till 22.00 hrs.
01 Sept. 2003 -31 December 2003 from 09.00 till 18.00 hrs.
Adults 11 euro
kids 4-11 8 euro
6-+ 10 euro
And if you're a kid you get a madurodam passport!
So save up on small change to make some of the miniatures move and preferably bring a kid aged around 5-6. But even without the kid, it is much fun
The ticket counter closes one hour earlier.
You can see him outside Madurodam trying to stop the water from gettign through the whole in the dike..
Until recently i didn't even know that this tale comes from an american's children's book. called the Silver Skates by Mary Elisabeth Mapes Dodge. And has no true basis whatsoever but that i new of course.....
But here at Madurodam you can see him and there is also a statue in Spaarndam. Apparently erected because so many americans came and asked for it...
Madurodam is a park where you can see the most important monuments of the country in a scale of 1:25. Beside that, you will find special exhibitions, mostly about other miniature works. With over 200 different items, Madurodam is a place where you can spend many hours - you will get a small booklet which gives you information about the original building.
Prices are 12,00 € for adults and 8,75 for children. There are discounts for groups and 65+ too.
For further details, please visit the Madurodam page at VT. Although Madurodam is not a city (its name comes from a WW2-soldier named George Maduro) and part of Den Haag, it is listed as an own Destination in VT where many useres have their pages.
Behind two Dutch dykes lies the world-famous miniature city Madurodam, a perfect place to get to know all the fascinating aspects of the Netherlands. Here you will find all those famous Dutch feats rebuilt down to the tiniest detail on a scale of 1:25. Windmills are turning, round trip boats are sailing the canals, a fire is extinguished in the harbour, modern trains are running to and from the stations. There is also a great deal to do in winter. But Madurodam is more. At dusk, the town is lit like a fairy-tale by more than 50,000 lights. The two restaurants, the playground, shop and lighthouse picnic area complete the park.
The model park was opened in 1952 and renewed in 1996.
You can find the scale models of the most important buildings (castles, churches, bridges, famous houses), well-known quarters of Dutch cities, street scenes and transportation tools.
Adults: € 12.00
Children (3-11): € 8.75
Seniors 65+: € 11.00
If you're in Den Haag and you haven't got the time to see the Netherlands, this probably is the best way. All the worthwhile sights in the Netherlands have been rebuild here, but smaller on a scale of 1:25. It's called a city, but it's actually bigger, as it's got an airport and agricultural lands, it's 1.77 square km. It's fun to walk around there, but it won't keep you busy all day.
Madurodam is miniature Holland. There are replicas of interesting sites around Holland, but to be honest, they aren't that interesting. Probably 30 minutes to 1 hour and you can see everything. It's really something for kids. Even as a tourist I don't think Madurodam is that interesting, especially not for 13 euros.
What can make it more interesting though are the occasional ice sculpture exhibitions they hold. They don't hold it every year, but one was held in 2006 & 2007 in the spring. Ice sculptures are life size, done by Chinese artists. They don't compare to those of the Snow Festival in Sapporo, Japan, but they are still nice.
George Maduroplein 1
2584 RZ The Hague (Den Haag)
Tel. 070 355 39 00
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Madurodam, the smallest town of The Netherlands, open throughout the year.....with canals, atmospheric houses and buildings and typical Dutch scenery....
Trains ride through the "town", bridges work, churchbells ring.....in short everythings works like in a real city/town.......A REAL MUST for young and not so young!!!!
We loved madurodam. If you like model railways or miniature objects, this place is paradise. The models are beautifully constructed and very accurate, and the grounds are landscaped with lawns and gardens and hundreds of bonsai trees, many of them 6o years old but only 1/2 metre high! The models are exact replicas of real buildings in Holland. if you are having a trip to the Netherlands it is really worth checking out some of the interesting buildings you might see by going to see them in Madurodam first! Utrecht cathedral, the canals of Amsterdam,many historic houses, the Dutch houses of Parliament, palaces, castles... all accurately reproduced in landscapes. But also windmills, flower markets, industrial buildings, concert hall, all kinds of engineering projects, and some beautiful up to date trains, it has a massive train and transportation system. Many of the models move. You can even get the chocolate factory delivery truck to deliver you a sweet!
Madurodam was named after George Maduro a heroic young man who died in Dachau concentration camp. it is a favourite of the Dutch Royal Family. Right now it is closed, althuogh usually it is open every day. This is because it's being updated to make it more interactive. I'd guess this will make it even better than it is now. My one criicism is that you can't get good food but I think this is often the case in Holland :( lots of stodgy snacks and sweets - with so many children and families I think they should offer more healthy options or good sandwiches and yogurts at least.
Some people have said you only want to spend half an hour here, but I truly think those people must be ones who don't like models. You either like them or you don't but if you do like models and small things, then Madurodam will be a highlight of your stay.
For smaller kids there is a very good woodland playground near the cafe and so you can sit and watch the kids play and also see over the whole of Madurodam.
From outside the main railway station in Den Haag, catch tram 9 to Schevingen and Madurodam is a 15 minute ride that has a stop just outside the complex.
If your used to visiting model villages in England be prepared to have your eyes blown out. This site is huge and even though we were gently strolling about it took a couple of hours. Virtually every monument, palace and tourist attraction in The Netherlands has been recreated in miniature at 1:25 scale. Try and go during dry sunny weather if at all possible and be there when it opens as it got very busy when we visited and that was a week day. This is a place that will amaze your kids and to be honest you also... you will never look at a model town again in the same way.
Opening times: Daily 9:00 - 23:00
Adults: € 14.50
Children 3 to 11 years: € 10.50
65+: € 13.50
Madurodam is one of those places in the VT structure that violates the editing rules. It exists in two places. Here and as a separate geographic location in Provincie Zuid Holland. The picture here is at the outside and violates the Madurodam rule of 1/25 size, but no matter. We will put our experiences under the place heading of Madurodam. It seems that all the most current listings are there too.
Madurodam is a miniature Dutch city which consists of rebuilds of all the famous buildings of the whole country, typical houses, trains, an airport, ... It´s really neat. See my travelogue for some more pics.
The Madurodam, Miniature City, its a lovely piece of art.
With careful and fine touch, it reflex Holland and her beauty.
We were there around 3 or 4 hours, even though it was raining.
while there, we saw groups of school kids, old people, teenage ,etc, so I believe anyone can enjoyed it.
u go to see Madurodam.Its very unique.The miniature of the most known places of netherland.The details are incredible,go check it. I heard that there is one like this in belgium but with the miniatures of the europes most known places. But im not sure.