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“So bad it's good!”
Review of Mini-Europe

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Mini Europe - Miniature Model Park
Ranked #24 of 400 things to do in Brussels
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Mini-Europe stays in Brussels !!! DISCOVER EUROPE’S NICEST PLACES ...Europe in a few hours… A unique experience!Mini-Europe is above all an “invitation to travel”. The chimes of Big Ben, the gondolas in front of the Doge’s Palace, the Grand-Place in Brussels, the Acropolis ... an animated tour with visual and sound effects along 350 miniatures and attractions recreated down to the smallest detail at the scale 1/25.A fascinating presentation for everyone, not to be missed during your stay in the Capital of Europe!
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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“So bad it's good!”
Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

Some nice models, but many of the 'interactive' bits were not working -- you pressed the button and NOTHING happened! Pretty rubbish but it made us laugh.

1 Thank Jenny H
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“2 attractions in the same vicinity - Mini Europe & Atomium”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

As this is our first trip to Brussels, we decided to see as much as possible the 2 attractions within half a day...on Fri 28 Dec. Both attractions are in Bruparck, so we took Metro Line 4 from Rogier and transfered at Gare de Midi to Line 6 before getting off at the Heizel Heysel Metro station. Buy a 24 hr metro ticket at 6 Euros which ends at 2359hrs as it is cheaper than the 10 tickets and you can use the tram service back to the city after your trip. We left Rogier station around 12.30pm and arrived at HH station withing 40 mins....

It is a short 10 mins walk to both attractions as they have excellent directional signs. As it was a rainy and windy day, we decided to have lunch firts at the Brussel Air Restaurant located at the entrance of Mini Europe. We bought a combined ticket to see both attractions at Euro 23.50 which was great as we did not have to queqe later at the Atomium entrance.

The park has all the European Union countries in minature models which is similar to the bigger one in Madoradam, Den Haag. As it was wet afternoon, we breezed through the park which has a One Way system and you have to follow the signs. In spite of the wet weather, there was still quite a big crowd in the park. We saw the big Ben, Effiel Tower and many other monuments & historical buildings build to scale. At the end of the walk, you have to pass through the "Spirit of Europe" which is a warm indoor pavilion with interactive games and also a write-up of the formation of the EU. There is a Souvenir shop and a eatery after your visit and toilets are free.

After an hour at Mini Europe, we walk over to the Atomium which was the site of the 1958 World Expo and it is the "Symbol of Brussels". There is a total of 6 spheres with the highest point at 102 metres. There is an express lift which brings you to level 7 at 95 metres but we had to queqe for 45 mins before we could get into the sky lift. It is awesome to look up from ground level . Please remember to get your free copy of the Atomium when you enter as the booklet is very informative and gives the reader an insight into the enormous project undertaken in 1958.

The wait to Level 7 was worthwhile as the panaroma view in a 360 degree of Brussels will wow you. Despite the poor and wet visibility, we took some nice pictures. There is a Restaurant at Level 8 serving Belgian food too. We took the lift down and went on to visit the Temporary exhibition al levels 3,4 & 5 with the permanent Exhibition at levels 1 & 2. It is worthwhile to take the escalator up but you need to walk down 167 steps on the way back.....Try it with good walking shoes. At the end of our visit, we went to the Souvenir shop which have a good stock of books & Atomium products for sale.

The day's visit ended around 6 pm and we proceeded back to take a Tram #3 which is from the Esplanade in the direction of Churchill (end station) and much nearer to walk to the Metro line 6 at Heizel Heysel.

For travellers with limited time, you can do the trip within 4 to 6 hrs and still able to have the evening free to visit the Grand Place after that...

Visited December 2012
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“An OK visit.”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Not really impressed by looking at a collection of miniature towns, especially given the entrance fees.

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Canvey, null, United Kingdom
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“Good models”
Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

The entrance fee is a little excessive for looking at models, the attractions themselves were very good and in some models very intricate.
The site let itself down by poor maintenance as some of the moving parts were broken and some needed a tidy up.

1 Thank Andy P
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“A great way to see the World in 80 Minutes!”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Mini Europe, right next to the spectacular Atomium, is home to the world's most amazing monuments, buildings and transport systems in miniature. It was fascinating trying to guess the country of the different buildings before looking at the signs. The architectural differences is amazing and I got some amazing pictures.

Visited April 2012
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