How for a couple of hours not only to see the main attractions of European cities, but also make photos with them? For this, it is necessary to visit the park of architectural miniatures “Mini Europe”. It is a part of Brupark, which is located in the northern part of Brussels next to the famous Atomium.
You can get to the park by metro (Heysel station, line 6), tram № 7, 51 (Heysel stop) or car (there is a large paid parking). The entrance ticket costs 15 euros, for children under 12 years old is free of charge. If you are going after visit the park climbing to the Atomium, buy at once two tickets at the ticket office, this will save you a few euros. From Atomium you can admire a beautiful view of the park and Brussels. Detailed information can find on the official website www.minieurope.com.
I visited this park a couple of years ago with my family. We got a lot of positive emotions and plunged into childhood. At the entrance to the park you can take a guide book in different languages, including English and Russian. It is convenient and interesting to walk along the paths, watch exhibitions and learn details about architecture and countries, reading the guide.
The park was opened for visitors in 1989. The total area of the park is about 24000 sq.m. It has 350 architectural attractions reduced in 25 times from 80 European cities. There are castles, towers, churches, cathedrals, monasteries, city squares, seaport, railway station and even Vesuvius volcano. All the models are made accurately, even the smallest details are taken into account. All exhibits have nameplates with a brief description. At the same time, many of them are interactive: mills spin, ships float, trains drive, firemen extinguish a fire, a hymn plays, a rocket starts from the cosmodrome or the earth shudders (the miniature Vesuvius “erupts”)… Children like all of this very much as they can learn something new in a game form.
There are very beautiful and real-made not only buildings, but also landscapes, rivers and waterfalls. Around the buildings there are not only artificial, but also real miniature bonsai trees and decorative flowers. There are also many figures of people and cars.
Here you can make many unusual photos: near the Pisa or Eiffel Towers, against the background of the Grand Place square in Brussels, Westminster Palace in London, the Sacré-Coeur Cathedral in Paris, mills in the Netherlands and many other attractions. Also you can learn the history of the formation of the European Union and basic information about the countries of the EU, get acquainted with European culture and history.
They hold thematic exhibitions and various shows for the visitors of the park. “Mini Europe” also looks great in the evening, when all the exhibits are highlighted with spotlights. In addition, the organizers arrange night fireworks on Saturdays in the summer.
Near the exit of the park there is a cafe where you can have a delicious snack. There is also a souvenirs shop here. Nearby there is another attraction, which should be visited – Atomium, as well as the IMAX cinema and aqua park. If you want to spend your time well and usefully, it makes sense to come here for the whole day, especially with children.