Paul Sullivan visits Loxx Miniatur-Welten – a Lilliputian city within a city…
Hidden away on the 4th floor of the Thulian-pink eyesore that is the Alexa mall lies another Berlin – a Lilliputian version of the city rendered in 1:87 scale.
Comprising 4.15km of railway tracks in a 3,000 square meter room, this diminutive Berlin took 200,000 man-hours to create and features 400 model trains, 10,000 cars and 50,000 itsy inhabitants going about the kind of daily business you will have witnessed on the way here.
As well as well-worn landmarks such as the TV Tower, the Reichstag, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the Brandenburger Tor and the Russian Memorial in Tiergarten, there are also factories, residential apartment blocks – 19th century Altbauten and post-war Plattenbauten – regional, ICE and freight trains – and even a model airport where Boeing 747’s take-off through makeshift clouds of cotton wool.
Peer more closely at the myriad scenes and you’ll spot rock concerts being enjoyed and filmed, police attending the scenes of car accidents, and tourists browsing segments of the Berlin Wall. A chocolate factory creates the world’s tiniest chocolate bar that you can eat at the end, and rumour has it that if you squint hard enough you can spot Angela Merkel in the Chancellery.
It takes 34 separate computers to run the show, which also involves a regular dimming of the main overhead lights so the city can switch to night-time mode: an impressive spectacle thanks to the installation of almost 20,000 little lights.
All in all, Loxx Miniatur-Welten makes a fun day out for the kids – including those in their 20s and upwards…