Sara Thopson - Jun 21, 2010
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Those who travel to the Netherlands and have no time to spare should look up Madurodam. This fantastic miniature city features the entire arsenal of all must-see national monuments and landmarks on one spot.


For nearly 60 years, tourists visiting the Netherlands have been admiring the miniature world of Madurodam. This fantastic attraction features all the must-see landmarks and tourist-gems of the entire country on an area of approximately 10,000 square meters. So travelers who are limited by tight schedule have a unique chance to come and see it all at once.

Madurodam was created in 1952 in Scheveningen, The Hague. It is a proper city which bears its name from George Maduro, who died in Dachau, the Nazi concentration camp in 1945 and had fought bravely at the beginning of the WW II. For his bravery, he was awarded the honor of Knight 4th class of the Military Order of William, the highest honor known in the Netherlands. His parents donated the funds to the project of Madurodam and since then millions of tourists have come to pay their respects and admire the city.

The art and skill with which the city was built is overwhelming. All was built in a 1:25 ratio and visitors can admire the Dome of Utrecht, channels of Amsterdam with sailing ships, San Jan Basilica, airports, highways, or even a tiny porcelain factory. Miniature trees are puzzling, and the moving cars, tolling bells or planes taking off will make everyone laugh. Visitors simply pick up a brochure at the entrance and can spend hours feeling like Gulliver in the land of the Lilliput.

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