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“Expected Better”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Mini-Europe

Mini-Europe
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Mini Europe - Miniature Model Park
Ranked #25 of 394 things to do in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence
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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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Limassol, Cyprus
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Expected Better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

We visited mini Europe because we had bought Combi tickets whilst visiting then Atomium. It was obvious / expected that we would see scale models of landmarks or attractions of member countries of Europe, but I think the park has a low Maintanance and some of the attractions were not working. It was nice but we expected something better.

Visited September 2013
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Cairo, Egypt
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“lovely”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

I enjoyed the experience of watching all the attractions of Europe in the same place in mini sizes with some information about each country

Visited August 2013
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“Worth your while”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

Mini Europe was an interesting place to visit, especially if you appreciate architecture or the intricate details in reproductions of famous European landmarks, or also if you just want to see europe in a day :),

Visited June 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“I Really Wanted to Like Mini-Europe”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

I read through comments on Trip Advisor prior to deciding to visit. There were a lot of negative comments, but I assumed most of them were just people who didn't appreciate the craftsmanship or were being picky or exaggerating things. At that point I read a number of the responses from the staff at Mini-Europe and chose to believe them, thinking that it must be a difficult job.

No matter what the management of the park may say in Trip Advisor comments the maintenance of the models and of the landscaping surrounding them is inadequate. The maintenance department either does not have a large enough budget or lacks skilled or motivated personnel. Based on the entry fees we paid and the number of other visitors there is no other excuse for how far many of the models have been allowed to deteriorate.

The management commented on how expensive it was to completely re-paint the models, but a number of other things were quite lacking.
- A little soap and water could clean up a number of the models where the dirt was superficial but very obvious.
- The slime in the bottom of every pond had obviously been there for a while based on the thickness. The pools were just concrete and could easily be scrubbed, or drained and quickly pressure-washed without interfering with miniatures.
- In many places the mechanical systems that controlled the "animations" were broken. It was obvious for one or two of them that management just removed the button and pretended the animation didn't exist.
-The systems of ropes and pulley's they used to move small boats around are very simple and any handyman could build or repair them, yet in a few places you can see where they chose just to remove the belts and tie the boats to bricks tossed under the water (not even a concrete achor or subtle lead weight).
- Almost every place that there was a small water nozzle, be it a fountain or fire boat, some of the nozzles didn't work or were aimed the wrong direction.
- On almost every large model there were boats half sunken, cars broken or erratically placed, or little people fallen over or broken.

The grounds themselves were alright with trees pruned and grass mowed, but there are a number of places where new grass should be planted, one of which is an obvious path that I believe one commenter said they used to get out of the park faster.

The models are all of differing quality and some have aged far better than others. It was disappointing to see that some were just not presented properly, with trees and shrubs in the way, or the detailed side facing away from the path

There was obviously some external sponsorship of mini-europe as there are dozens of examples around the park where DHL has provided small DLH trucks, rail cars, an airplane, etc.

All in all we did not have a pleasant experience, apart from the fun we had pointing out where models were broken, or where cleaning and maintenance had obviously been overlooked or ignored. There was obviously a lot of skill that went into creating most of the models and it's a real shame that the current management can't respect that.

Bottom line: it's not worth the entrance fee in it's current state.

Visited September 2013
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Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“impressive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Friends and family (teens) came to visit Mini-Europe. We've been there various times already and it still is as impressive.

Visited July 2013
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