Small world, large lake (Minimundus, August 2012)

So, yes, we organised our vacation so that we managed to visit Postojna on our way there, Venice while on holiday and another two places on our way back. We started our trip back on an August Friday and spent the day and night in Kranjska Gora, an Alpine village in Slovenia. Next day, we continued our trip to Austria and finally reached our goal – Minimundus, a thematic park on the Wörthersee in Klagenfurt.

In Minimundus, there are 140 famous buildings and attractions from all over the world, built in ratio 1:25, with an astonishing care and love for detail. The park was opened in 1958 and belongs to a charitable organistion, so that the whole earnings are donated for a good cause.

Let me take you for a walk and show you what it looks like. This is the entrance area.

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A quick visit to New York City…

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…and – swoosh!!! – we are in India…

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…and, finally, we are dressing up for the opera in Australia!

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Do you recognise this one? It’s St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican.

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And a scene from the EU headquarters’ city.

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City of dreams for all the celebrity fans.

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And this is for the fans of the British royal family and their (in)famous ancestors.

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This is a lighthouse near Pula in Istria, the region where we’ve spent our summer vacation.

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And, last but not least, the ferris wheel (Riesenrad) of the Viennese Prater.

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I won’t post any more pics of the attractions, because the whole park is amazing and if you’d like to see the rest, I invite you to visit the Minimundus’s official homepage. What I will tell you is that Minimundus is a perfect day-trip spot. Once you purchase a ticket, you can stay for as long as you want and you can freely explore all of the exhibits. There are several restaurants, offering reasonably priced food, several cafes and ice-cream parlours, all of them with terraces overlooking the park.

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There are also numerous banks and swings (yes, adult swings), as well as foot-massage machines. I haven’t tried them, but I found the idea both funny and nice. Right next to Minimundus, there are a planetarium and a reptile zoo.

Both the girls and hubby and me were really glad we made this stop at the beautiful Wörthersee and visited Minimundus; besides being fun and interesting, it is also quite educational, especially for the children. It was a great way to spend the day and we would gladly do it again. So, thumbs up!

For more information, please visit http://www.minimundus.at/.

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