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Rail City

Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
0484 77 50 90
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Ranked #27 of 52 Attractions in Bruges
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: This model train and mini city display offer a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. Grab lunch at the cafeteria.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Activities for young children
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Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
65 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I give it 4 stars just because it is an unusual cafe which hosts a mini display of a city with several rails onto which one train passes along (if you press the buttons). It would be much nicer and entertaining if trains were 3 or 4 running around at all times, rather than ONLY when pressing buttons!

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London, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Then this is the place to visit, although not the easiest place to find. A large detailed layout but unfortunately not many trains operating. Might have given it a higher score had the TGV been running. Beer was good and reasonably priced.

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Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
30 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

One long wall of this establishment is taken up with a diorama, of railway tracks running through the countryside and various stations. And something is moving all the time although the hi-speed model never did. The trains are mini in size. There is no information about them or their model size. Adult or child you have to be an enthusiast... More

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

If you like model trains and a drink, maybe this is the place to visit. Bar and one of the largest automated model railways available. Further work has been done on this since the last visit.

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Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
45 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We had great difficulty finding this cafe. It is opposite the Church of our lady, Mariastraat, through the archway into the Picasso exhibition but carry straight on into a covered shopping area, the cafe is on the left. On entering you are in a small bar/cafe but on the right is a fantastic 00 guage model railway which the cafe... More

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Solihull, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

Popped here for a drink as my boyfriend is a fan of trains. We were blown away by the intricacy that has been used to create such a fantastic model railway. The drinks were very reasonably priced and a wide choice. Was lovely to see a range of ages enjoy a group of people's passion in creating a model railway.... More

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Kent, England
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

A great business idea - a 15m HO model railway with elevated bench seating in parallel where you can enjoy a beer or two. It's nearly complete - just a bit of work still to do at the one end. And the beer is very reasonably priced.

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

I've visited this place twice now and planning a return visit in May this year. We found it by accident three years ago and loved it. It's a 'work in progress' railway layout and the guy who owns it appears to be funding it from his cafeteria or with a charge for those not eating or drinking something. We have... More

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Halesowen, England, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

A magical experience, found by chance & revisited whilst in Brugge. As adults that have never really been interested in model railways we were still fascinated & so if you have an interest then it's a must. We had beers on our first visit & hot drinks on our second all good & served quickly.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

This place was awesome. The model train setup was fantastic and could sit there and watch it for hours. I did have a coffee and it wasn't the best. However there is a bar.

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