This is the ratio between the real buildings and the copies from this miniaturist city near Hague. In fact, the buildings in Madorodam (this is the name of the small toy town) are all copies 25 times smaller than the real building from around Holland. Everything in Madurodam respect this ratio. 1:25. If you’re in Hague you must have a trip to Madurodam, it’s something unique. You’ll see in the pictures what a thoroughly work was made with the small buildings…it’s amazing! And all the vehicles, boats and even airplanes that are moving around the emblematic buildings, everything is stunning! It’s a heaven for the children, but also for the adults… I ignored the falling rain and walked by the alleys in this fantastic town.
Some statistics about Madurodam:– miniature town surface area: 18,000 square meters – inhabitants: 66,000 – cars and trucks: 4,542 – kilometers per year per car: 14,000 – kilometers per year per train: 16,000 – trains: 13 – trams: 5 – rail and tram tracks: 4,250 meters – aircrafts: 15 – number of cases in baggage system: 500 – miniature trees: 5,236 – flower bulbs: 30,000 – lights in the miniature town: 50,000 – railway sleepers: 80,000 – ships: 40
Some other interesting facts:
– Madurodam is not only an amusement park or exhibition; it is also a war memorial. Opened in 1952 to commemorate war hero and resistance fighter George Maduro who died on 9 February 1945 in the Dachau concentration camp. The parents of George Maduro financed the miniature town, intending to donate the profits to a good cause: The Students Sanatorium. To the present day the Stichting Madurodam Steunfonds supports charities related to young people .
– Queen Beatrix was the first mayor of Madurodam. She held the post from the opening until her coronation in 1980. Queen Beatrix is currently the patroness of Madurodam. Since 1980, a new mayor has been chosen each year by the young municipal council of Madurodam, which consists of 22 secondary school students from The Hague.
I hope I raised curiosity in you to go and visit the wonderful city of Madurodam. Now, the photos. Click on them to see the full size, it worths!!!! I took so many pictures that I’m forced to split this post in two parts. Enjoy.