Madurodam, established as a monument to resistance hero George Maduro, is a miniature city and one of the most well-known day attractions in the Netherlands. Since it was opened on 2 July 1952, Madurodam has welcomed more than 50 million visitors from the Netherlands and from abroad.
The miniature park in The Hague (George Maduroplein 1) displays several models of buildings and it actually provides the story of how a typical Dutch City has developed throughout the centuries. It is home to a range of perfect 1:25 scale model replicas of famous Dutch castles, public buildings, and large industrial projects as found at various locations in the country.
Madurodam is divided into three theme areas: The City Centre, Water World and Innovation Island. In The City Centre you will find the most beautiful buildings of the old cities of the Netherlands, while Water World tells the story of "water as friend and foe". Innovation Island represents the Netherlands, as a source of inspiration for the world, displaying models that indicate the character of the Dutch architecture, innovations, sports, entertainment and design.
In this unique open-air theme park, you will experience the rich history of the Netherlands through incredible scale models, surprising interactions and secrets revealed by tiny Madurodam citizens on interactive screens. Madurodam is always in motion. For example, at the modern Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, all types of aircraft are taxiing and catering trucks drive off and on, windmills are turning, tour boats move down the canals, a fire is being extinguished in the harbor and trains traverse the city across the largest miniature train track in the world. Also, digital information screens and a personal smartphone give visitors a multimedia experience of the stories behind the objects.
Photos by bertknot & from Madurodam's group on facebook