Mini-Europe
Mini-Europe is a park located in Bruparck at the foot of the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium. Mini-Europe has the reproductions of the most attractive monuments in the European Union on show, at a scale of 1:25. Roughly 80 cities and 350 buildings are represented. The park is renowned for the quality of its models, some of which cost as much as €350,000 to make (the Brussels Grand-Place). The park contains numerous live action models (train, mills, eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Airbus, cable cars, etc). A guide gives the details on all the monuments. At the end of the visit, the “Spirit of Europe” exhibition gives an interactive overview of the European Union in the form of multimedia games. The park is built on an area of 24,000 m². The initial investment was of €10 million in 1989, on its inauguration by Prince Philip of Belgium.

Building the monuments
The monuments were chosen for the quality of their architecture or their European symbolism. After this initial selection process, plans and photos needed to be found. This stage cost over €200,000 in research. Most of the monuments are made using moulds. The parts are made from various types of material, and then copied using silicone moulding. The final copy used to be cast from epoxy resin, but now polyester is used. Three of the monuments were made out of stone (e.g. the tower of Pisa, in marble). A new computer-assisted milling procedure was used for two of the models. After that comes the painting. Finally, the monument is installed on site, together with decorations and lighting. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela required more than 24,000 hours of work. Many of the monuments were financed by European countries or regions.

Simulations
Simulations make this large miniature park livelier ”“ trains, mills, sounds, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the fall of the Berlin Wall, gondolas in Venice, cable cars, etc. These live action models are industrial prototypes designed to stand up to the numerous exhibition hours and different seasons (frost, rain, heat).

The gardens
Ground covers, dwarf trees, bonsais and grafted trees are used alongside miniature monuments, and the paths are adorned with classical bushes and flowers.

The Mini-Europe guide
A descriptive booklet gives copious information and anecdotes about the monuments and the European Union.

Tourism in Brussels
With 300,000 visitors per year and a turnover of 3 million euro, Mini-Europe is one of Brussels’ leading attractions.

List of models



Austria
  • Melk Abbey


Belgium
  • Grand Place / City Hall, Brussels
  • The Belfry, Bruges
  • Town Hall, Leuven
  • Castle of Vêves, Celles
  • Citadel and Notre-Dame Church, Dinant
  • Berlaymont building, Brussels
  • Graslei street and the Rabot, Ghent
  • Alden Biesen Castle, Rijkhoven
  • Main square of Antwerp ( City Hall, Brabo statue, guild houses)
  • Curtius House, Liège


Bulgaria
  • Rila Monastery, Rila Mountain, part of UNESCO World Heritage


Cyprus
  • Ancient Greek theatre, Kourion


Czech Republic
  • Prague Orloj


Denmark
  • Viking ring fort
  • Nyhavn waterfront, Copenhagen
  • Børsen (old stock exchange), Copenhagen


Estonia
  • Great Coastal Gate and Fat Margaret's Tower, Tallinn


Finland
  • St. Olaf's Castle, Savonlinna


France
  • Eiffel Tower, Paris
  • Arc de Triomphe, Paris
  • Basilica of the Sacré Cœur, Paris
  • Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
  • Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp
  • Clos Vougeot, near Dijon
  • Château de Chenonceau, Loire Valley
  • Royal Saltworks, Arc-et-Senans


Germany
  • Speyer Cathedral
  • Burg Eltz
  • Holstentor, Burgtor and Salzspeicher, Lübeck
  • Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Wall, Berlin
  • Bonngasse (street) with Beethoven's birth house, Bonn
  • Wies Pilgrimage Church
  • Porta Nigra, Trier
  • Osthofentor, Soest


Greece
  • Acropolis, Athens
  • Traditional village, Santorini


Hungary
  • Széchenyi Bath


Ireland
  • Glendalough monastery, County Wicklow
  • Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary
  • Gallarus Oratory, County Kerry


Italy
  • Piazza dei Miracoli ( Leaning Tower, Duomo, Baptistry), Pisa
  • Doge's Palace and St Mark's Campanile, Venice
  • Palazzo Pubblico, Siena
  • Villa Capra (La Rotonda), Vicenza
  • Trulli of Alberobello
  • Mount Vesuvius


Latvia
  • Freedom Monument, Riga


Lithuania
  • Vilnius University campus, Vilnius


Luxembourg
  • Adolphe Bridge, Luxembourg City


Malta
  • Mnajdra temple


Netherlands
  • Mint Tower and Montelbaan Tower, Amsterdam
  • Town Hall, Maastricht
  • Hoensbroek Castle, Hoensbroek
  • Church and houses, Ootmarsum
  • Abbey and Kloveniersdoelen, Middelburg
  • Museum village of Orvelte
  • Weigh House and Tax Tower, Alkmaar
  • Windmills, Kinderdijk
  • Hoofdtoren and Oude Doelenkade street, Hoorn
  • Town Hall, Veere


Poland
  • Artus Court, GdaÅ„sk
  • Monument to Fallen Shipyard Workers, GdaÅ„sk


Portugal
  • Belém Tower, Lisbon
  • Castle of Guimarães
  • Ribeira, Porto
  • Traditional village of the Algarve
  • Oceanarium, Lisbon


Romania
  • Mogoşoaia Palace, near Bucharest


Slovakia
  • The Blue Church in Bratislava


Slovenia
  • PreÅ¡eren Square with Tromostovje in Ljubljana


Spain
  • Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
  • El Escorial
  • Plaza de Toros, Seville
  • Christopher Columbus monument, Barcelona
  • Landscape with windmills, La Mancha


Sweden
  • City Hall, Stockholm


United Kingdom
  • Houses of Parliament / Big Ben, London
  • Stratford-upon-Avon ( Shakespeare's birth house, Anne Hathaway's cottage, etc.)
  • Longleat House, Wiltshire
  • Royal Crescent and Circus, Bath
  • Dover Castle
  • Arlington Row, Bibury


Other
  • Ariane 5
  • Pride of Dover ferry
  • An airport
  • A Ferris wheel
  • A North Sea oil platform
  • TGV train
  • Calypso ( Jacques Cousteau's ship)