Hamburg’s model airport

The world’s largest model airport has opened in Hamburg, but this is no static display, rather a very elegant model airport on which model aircraft do land and take off and airport vehicles and people do move around.

It’s a miniature version of the fascinating world of aviation, and when you visit the Airport Model Exhibition at Hamburg Airport you will get to see every detail of the airport, with all its buildings, taxiways, runways and landing strips, on a scale of 1:500. The night view of the model airport is illuminated by 8000 light-emitting diodes which create a sea of light.

The model took six years to build and cost about $5 million.  Dubbed the Knuffingen Airport, it features 40 model aircraft and 90 vehicles that move and ‘fly’ around the airport, and 15,000 mini people.

The airport joins the broader exhibit at Germany’s Miniatur Wunderland, where the Knuffingen joins a system of model railways and villages.

The model airport contains, in addition to the 15,000 figurines, approximately 40,000 lights, 500 cars, 10,000 trees, 50 trains, 1000 wagons, 100 signals, 200 switches and 300 buildings.   

Airport Model Exhibition visitors can learn about various aspects of air traffic, the airport premises and the history of the airport dating back to the era of Zeppelins. Supported by a slide show, the visitor service staff will guide visitors through the programme, explain the buildings and the processes of take-off and landing as well as technical equipment.

But the true highlight of the show is when model planes take off as if by magic, and elegantly rise above the heads of the spectators, then fly in circles before starting their approach to landing a short time later.

Rather than operating at all times, there are four 45 minute shows daily, and a charge to get into each show.

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