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“Fantastic” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Swissminiatur

Via Cantonale, Melide 6815, Switzerland
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Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Melide
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Owner description: Switzerland in miniature!Swissminiatur is an open-air miniature park located on the shore of Lake Lugano. There are more than 120 models at scale 1:25 representing the most important buildings, monuments and transportation means in Switzerland. A 3,560m long model railway with 18 trains runs through the park. Self–service restaurant with local, Italian, authentic Chinese and Indian cuisine. Gift shop and playground for children. Small passenger train with route around the park. Large car and bus park available. Open daily from mid March to end October, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

One can see all of the Switzerland be it historical buildings,monuments,castles, homes from different regions of Switzerland, mountains etc in mini scale at Swissminiatur, Melide. It is located near Lugano. You need 2-3 hours to see the Swissminiatur. Kids have fun with small cars and trains running around the track. It is an attraction for the whole family.If you are in Lugano then you must visit Swissminiatur. It is 3 hours by train from Zurich. You can see Lugano and Swissminiatur in one day.

Visited June 2013
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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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“Wonderfull Place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Wonderful place for everyone who would like to know Switzerland but have not enough time to explore this whole beautiful country! This place was full with miniatures such historical building, mountain, airport, train station etc, from all over Switzerland. So if you on holiday on Swiss with your little kids, don't forget to bring them to this wonderful place!

Visited December 2012
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Stamford, CT, USA
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“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

This is one attraction in beautiful Switzerland that has not found much coverage, however it is simply amazing small attraction that should be a must visit. Beautifully created and real like models of over 150 main attraction of Switzerland in one area makes it a great place. You can easily spend the whole day admiring the attention to details that have been provided in these models. Plus the city is on a lake (like every other big city in Switzerland) and next to Italian border, it makes for a very good place to visit.

Visited July 2013
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Ganey Tikva Israel
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“Relatively small, and not the best”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

The park is relatively small but has ~120 models, some of the models are impressive but most of them are not, the whole place looked outdated and shabby, and we felt bored.
We already visited the Madurodam in Holland and Mini Israel in my home land, and Swissminiatur was less attractive for our taste.
There are some activities for children in the place, a small restaurant and gift shop in the location.

Visited October 2013
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“Swiss Miniature theme park in lugano swiss”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

our family had a lovely time in swiss miniature - lugano- switzerland. This is a terrific theme park for children and adults alike showing all the attractions of switzerland in MODEL replicas. In one hour we could refresh our memories of everything beautiful about swiss.
From lake cumo in italy to lugano is just a 45 minutes drive through a very scenic road, -- it is a unique border crossing- our tourist van driver just had to keep our passports on the windshield- the border officials did not even bother to see the documents. we were in switzerland instantly from italy.
Lugano is better than lake cumo. It seems more advanced and wealthier. But both the sides of the border have their own charm. i am sure a lot of italians and swiss keep on crossing each other"s borders for work and recreation daily. In Lugano we had a fantastic time - visiting the COOP and the MACRO dept store. and other lovely shopping outlets. I wish COOP and the MACRO will come to dubai with their fare in collaboration with dubai businessmen.

Visited September 2013
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