Discover the Spirit of Europe through the Miniatures in Mini-Europe
1. The High Quality Miniaturized Version of Europe
The Mini Europe Park comprised of the miniaturized version of structures from about 80 cities and 350 buildings from all over Europe. The miniatures of this park are created and designed with such amazing degree of craftsmanship and meticulously made to the tiniest detail to replicate the actual building perfectly at a scale of 1:25. As such, the result is a high-quality model that would take a painstakingly long time to build and costs a large sum of money. For example, the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral took an exhausting 24,000 hours to complete. These magnificent miniatures would certainly serve as a great background or centerpiece for any unique photo ideas as it is highly detailed and resembles the real deal impeccably.
2. Explore the Magnificent European Style Architecture
The buildings being displayed here were mostly chosen for their distinctive look and architectural significance. From the Neo-Romanesque to the Post-Modern style, the Mini Europe holds the architectural style of Europe throughout the ages. It is a perfect opportunity to learn about the distinction between each technique and methods, as well as discerning the popular European landmark and structures. You can make a bet of how many buildings that you can recognize with your friends while you are visiting here as an extra fun!
3. Plunge Yourself to the Fun World of Miniature
There are plenty of fun things to do in the Mini Europe if you have the right tools and creativity. The miniatures itself were added with figures and models to make the diorama more authentic and immersive. If you have a keen eye on details, you can spot a lot of funny spectacles hidden within the diorama of the miniature. For example, you can find the re-creation of the famous 'Lunch atop a Skyscraper' photo by a set of miniature Roman soldiers in one of the buildings. You can also make funny picture ideas, such as posing as a King Kong next to the Eiffel Tower, or Godzilla attacking the Big Ben, or any other wild imaginations that comes to your mind. If you have a really nice camera with a good zoom capability, you can create life-like photos out of the miniatures using the right angle.
4. A Miniature of Nature's Splendor
The miniature does not limited to man-made buildings and structures only. Inside the park, you can find an entire replica of the famous Mt. Vesuvius, complete with a smoke coming out from its caldera. The mountain itself is made as a live-action model, meaning it was able to simulate an eruption just like the real one, albeit not as dangerous.
5. Watch the Launch of Ariane 5
Another famous live-action model in the Mini Europe is the replica of Ariane 5; the heavy launch vehicle belonged to the European Space Agency (ESA), the European counterpart of NASA. You can watch a reenactment of its launch in the park. It is clearly an interesting spectacle that you donâ€™t want to miss!
6. The Spirit of Europe Exhibition
Resided at the end of the adventure trough the Mini-Europe, the Spirit of Europe exhibition is waiting for its visitors for an exciting course about the EU, its members, history, sucesses, etc. For gamelovers, you can challenge yourself to a game of knowledge of EU as well as a great virtual game of jump, move, and play in the screen. As such, it is a perfect place not only for holiday but also to learn, especially if you bring your family.
7. Nearby Attractions
As the closest attractions nearby, Atomium is definitely the place that most people visit after they have done exploring the Mini Europe. This structure is considered as the icon of Brussels, and resembles an atom of an iron crystal. You can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Brussels municipalities from the top sphere. Another nearby attraction is Oceade, the Belgiumâ€™s number one waterpark. It is clearly the number one choice that your kids will make when given the option to choose. Alternatively, you can visit the Planetarium de Bruxelle to admire the marvels of the universe and space objects.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets for entry are generally sold at the ticket booths. However, you can also purchase a packaged deal of a Mini Europe entry with a train ticket at the train stations. Thereâ€™s also a combined pass with other attractions in the area, such as Atomium, ADAM museum, Oceade, Planetarium, and Belgium Hop-on Hop-off Tours. Therefore, you can plan accordingly and purchase the ticket that suits your itinerary best.
How To Get Around?
The best way to enjoy the park is by foot so you can take a closer look at the miniatures.
What Should I Wear?
There is no specific dress code to enter the park. However, as it is an outdoor area, you should wear appropriate clothes according to the weather. If needed to, use a suntan lotion to avoid nasty sunburn.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Mini Europe is during the summer where the weather is really nice. However, it will be crowded as well. If you want fewer tourists during your visit, try to visit around the autumn or late in the winter.
Will I Need a Guide?
You donâ€™t necessarily need a guide to accompany you. However, thereâ€™s a guide available if you really want to.
How To Get There?
You can get to the Mini Europe by using the metro, getting on the Line 6 from the Central Station and getting off at the Heysel Station. Alternatively, you can take trams number 7 and 51 to the Centennaire, the closest stop to the Mini Europe.