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“Our children loved it” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Swissminiatur

Swissminiatur
Via Cantonale, Melide 6815, Switzerland
4191 640 10 60
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Melide
Type: Architectural Buildings, Educational Sites, Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Amusement/ Theme Parks, Outdoors
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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.
London, UK
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“Our children loved it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We were staying in Lugano in April and got a boat to Melide to the Swissminiatur model village. If you have a Ticino card, the boat and Swissminiatur are free. We would definitely recommend the Ticino card - we found it very worthwhile.

When you get off the boat, there are no signs to the model village. You need to turn right and walk for 15-20 minutes. The model village is large and includes very detailed models of many buildings, mountains and sites around Switzerland. There are working trains, cable cars, etc. There is a ride-on train that goes round the site, a shop and restaurant, although we chose to take a picnic. There was no problem eating our picnic at one of the outside tables.

We have been to several model villages around Europe and this is one of the best. Although the models are not particularly recognisable to those not familiar with Switzerland, they are very impressive.

Visited April 2014
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“Expensive”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Expensive entrance and interesting only if you know the palces (no info). Everything is in quite bad conditions and would need a refresh. Bar inside is expensive and with awful service. Take a walk on the Melide bridge and take a brake in one of the small typical bars along the lake instead.

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“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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“Fantastic”
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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“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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