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“Switzerland in Miniture” 4 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.
Rotkreuz, Switzerland
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“Switzerland in Miniture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Well Maintained like the real Country. Everything is there from the Trains to the Cable Cars. Gave us lots of ideas for places we still need to see. Worth a Morning trip and then off on the Boat to Morcote for Lunch.

Visited July 2014
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“The Park is nice enough but totally a rip off”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

19 Francs entry fee is a joke, considering that there are very few new additions since my childhood. I remember the time when the entry was 2.50... I wonder what the many sponsors pay for, when the park doesn't get updated more frequently and entry fee isn't affordable for bigger families. Train ride, bumper cars cost extra and the restaurant is another rip off with terrible service. Not even the parking is free.

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Olten
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“Overview switzerland”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The small park is interesting for tourists and local people who want to have an overview over switzerland.

The buildings are handmade and nice but sometimes a little old. The restaurant is not the best we have ever been to.

I would also recommend it for families with children aged between 4-10. There is a family card available - because the prices are quite high.

If you pass the region its a good choice for a short visit - if not you haven't missed out on too much.

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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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Canton of Ticino, Switzerland
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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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