Attractions and museums galore
The Hague offers a wide range of things to do for the whole family. One of the most popular is a visit to Miniature City Madurodam. Another one is leaning back comfortably in the gigantic dome-shaped theater Omniversum to enjoy a film. The Museon is the most attractive non-specialist museum in Holland. If you would like to experience the daily routine of national politics, a visit to the Parliament Buildings will be right up your sleeve. Quite a different kettle of fish are the splashing good fun attractions in Duinrell, which include the tropical Tiki Pool. The fascinating under water world of National Sea Life Scheveningen is well worth a visit. Taking a risk in Holland Casino Scheveningen or betting on a horse at Duindigt Race Course is always exciting.
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Miniature City Madurodam.
All of Holland in just one town!
Behind two typically 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.
Being that I was only there for a day I didn't get to see much of the city.
I did however get to visit their beach/boardwalk and the miniature city...its not often that one that is 5' 7 gets to feel tall in holland.
The park was cool especially if you have kids because there are some interactive displays that should be fun for them.
Don't remeber much from that day other than the falafels we had on our way there, fantastic but unfortunately I don't remember the name of that joint either.
See Netherlands in a day! The miniature city of Madurodam was made at a 1:25 scale. It has in fact a bit of all the cities in the Dutch realm, including all their special characteristics and features. It provides a very impressive examples of Dutch architectural styles dating from many time periods, so that after a visit one can practically say he has seen something of every city in The Netherlands!
The Dutch queen is mayor of this city.
Madurodam is open all year round. Young as well as old people will enjoy it in any season. Throughout the year there are various theme weeks and at nightfall the miniature city is romantically lit with more than 50,000 tiny lights.
But Madurodam has more to offer: Sand World, the only indoor sand sculpture show in the world relates the history of the struggle of the Dutch against the water in spectacular panoramas.
Two restaurants, a gift shop, a playground and a picnic area complete a fabulous day out, whether you come on your own or as part of a group ! Furthermore, the two multi-functional conference rooms are unique venues for parties and other meetings.
Madurodam is quite easy, by car, coach or public transport.
The facilities and practical tips complete your day out.
Opening hours 2003
01 Sept 2002 -20 March 2003: 09.00 - 18.00 hrs.
21 March 2003 - 30 June 2003: 09.00 - 20.00 hrs.
01 July 2003 - 31 August 2003: 09.00 - 22.00 hrs.
01 Sept. 2003 -31 December 2003: 09.00 - 18.00 hrs.
Adults € 11,00
Children 4 - 11 years € 8,00
Seniors 60+ € 10,00
Note that I'm not sure about the name of this, hmmm, museum. It is a world of miniatures where you can see famous buildings in Netherlands that are smaller than human size.
Miniature City Madurodam
Get a good impression of what the Netherlands have to offer in just one afternoon!
In the miniature city Madurodam, that lies between
two typically Dutch dykes, you will some famous Dutch sites rebuilt down to the tiniest detail on a scale of 1:25.
The city comes alive when windmills start turning, round trip boats are sailing the canals, a fire is extinguished in the harbour and modern are trains riding around.
At dusk, the town is lit by more than 50,000 lights.
To have a global impression of The Netherlands it is possible to go to Madurodam.
Madurodam is the smallest city of The Netherlands. In Madurodam you can see all the highlights of The Netherlands, but ... only in small size.
Some things you can see are the cheesemarket of Alkmaar, the Euromast of Rotterdam a lot of parts of Amsterdam and of The Hague you can see the house of parliament.
This park is actually a miniature city with models of buildings (scale 1:25) and in the beginning it was meant to give just the story of how a typical Dutch City has developed throughout the centuries, but later on a lot of main Dutch attractions/innovations were added so now the park displays architecture of famous cities/towns of Holland along with Dutch famous companies/innovations and technologies. Famous public buildings and Dutch company offices, old churches, monuments, airport, sea ports, railway station, bus stand are made with such an accuracy and precision that it is beyond words! This park was built with funds donated by the parents of George Maduro - a Jewish student and freedom fighter in the Dutch Resistance during WWII who died in Dachau and is a great place for kids (some of the attractions are very educational) and grown-ups. It works throughout the year - opens at 9:00 each day, but closes at different time depending on the time of the year - 20:00 in May and June for instance, 21:00 in July and August- the ticket office closes one hour before the end of the working time, so keep this in mind. The prices are a little bit high - 15 EUR per adult and 10.50 EUR per kid between 3-12 years, free per kids below 3 years (you can get them with a discount through their website for 13.50 and 9.45 EUR) plus a parking fee of 8,5 EUR per day if you come with your own car, but the place is worth seeing. There are two restaurants (Taste of Holland and Panorama Cafe) and a shop selling Dutch souvenirs/postcards. A must see attraction in the Hague!
Madurodam is a miniature city on a 1:25 scale, composed of typical Dutch buildings and landmarks.
It was built in 1952, and has an area of 18.000 m2.
All the models, railway lines and decorations are manufactured by Madurodam itself.
Madurodam is the largest railroad model in the Netherlands with a length of more then 4 kilometers.
A lot of work goes into readying a model. For example, the model of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol took two years and four months to complete.
Madurodam staff calculate the scaled down dimensions from architectural drawings and use detailed photographs of the real building. The plastic (it used to be wood) is cut to the right shape and dimensions using a moulding cutter. Then the decorators and technicians finish the building.
The models receive regular maintenance because they have to spend an average of 30 years outside.
Madurodam primarily uses small-leafed trees and shrubs. Frequent pruning is the only way to keep threm down.
The miniature city was named after George Maduro, a law student from Curaçao who fought the Nazi occupation forces as a member of the Dutch resistance and died at Dachau concentration camp in 1945. His parents donated the money to start the Madurodam project.
This attraction was the inspiration for Storybook Land, in Disneyland.
VIDEO of my visit:
Madurodam is a special, special place. It is a miniature city built to scale with all the precious details in place. You walk this city as a Godzilla sized being scaling a block within a few steps. Unbelievably fun for both the young and young-at-heart. It's straight out of the Lilliputian adventures of Gulliver.
Little Holland is something worth to be seen in Den Haag. If you don't have a chance to visit all those places in person, Madurodam is an good alternative. There you can see Rijksmuseum, Aalkmar cheese market, Rotterdam bridge etc.
The miniature city Madurodam is an excellent place to familiarise with all the surprise that Netherland has to offer.
The miniature city Madurodam boasts the canal houses of Amsterdam, the Alkmaar cheese market and parts of the Delta Works, all replicated in minute detail on a 1:25 scale.
Watch windmills turn, ships sail and modern trains traverse the city on the world's largest miniature railway.All of this is set in
Want to feel what Gilligan feels like when he woke up in Lilliput? Then a visit to Madurodam will amaze not only kids but adults too.
If you like to know more about the legend of Hans Brinker, the brave Dutch boy who supposedly put his finger in the dyke to prevent a flood, read it up at the website listed below.
This minature city has 200 models of all the sites in the Netherlands. Alot of fun to wonder and explore.