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“A must visit work of art that is child friendly” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Swissminiatur

Via Cantonale, Melide 6815, Switzerland
4191 640 10 60
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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.
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A must visit work of art that is child friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We had read about this park and imagined it to be similar to Cockington Green in Canberra.getting there was easy... A 30 minute train ride from bellinzona to melide and a 10 minute walk brought us to the swiss miniatur... Deceiving looks as one would expect perhaps an amusement park( atleast our kids thought so).
Every recreation in a 'mini' form, the details, the details, thed etails.... Snow capped mountains, the mini trains that chug around continuously, the people atthe station, the beautiful castles, churches, the cog wheel train, the cable car..... Absolutely marvellous..
A good insight into the various regions... Our plan to visit the castle at Thun fell through during our stay at Interlaken and seeing the mini version reinforced the disappointment!!!, the Thun castle should really be a part of the plan from Interlaken.
The additional attractions for the kids are the dashing cars, both onland and water based rides, the mini train etc..

Do wear your hats in summer though as towards mid march as its an open place and the sun can beoverbearing despite the chill in the air.

A nice kids playground right outside the park in a residential area and a sports bar....
All of us thoroughly enjoyed the swiss miniatur... An educational eperience for children 3 and above. Well maintained park..and friendly staff.... Seems to be the pride of Ticino...

Visited March 2014
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“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 8, 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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