The Netherlands in Miniature: Madurodam

Who doesn’t like a little miniature world experience?  Anyone who has had the pleasure of going to Legoland has likely seen a variety of parts of the world in Lego form – from the Eiffel Tower, the London Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and more, all made from Legos.  In Belgium there is Mini Europe which is the home to approximately 350 iconic buildings and statues from more than 80 countries around the world.  And here, in the Netherlands, we have Madurodam.

But at Madurodam, it’s not just about seeing the Netherlands in miniature (scaled to 1.25), but about learning the history of the Low Lands as well.  From learning about how windmills help with water management, to how to make cheese, the history of the royal family, flowers and the Netherlands and so much more.  Upon arriving you are given a card to scan at various stops in the park where you learn all about these things and so much more.  Unfortunately when we put in the information for our card, we stated we live in the Netherlands (it’s true!) and so all of the information was in Dutch.  So I can’t say we learned much on this visit and so spent most of our time just schmoozing along and taking in the sites.  On any future visit we will be sure to put the card on USA so we can get the info in English!

The kids bounced from location to location and while it’s a child friendly place, it wasn’t really their cup of tea.  So I can’t say we spent a lot of time here.  But looking at how well maintained the park was, the information and history that you can garner and with a location just outside the Hague, this is an easy place to take visitors where they can learn all about the Netherlands… in miniature!

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Hello!!  Is anyone in there??

Hello!! Is anyone in there??

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I can't decide if this is funny or creepy... the Red Light District.

I can’t decide if this is funny or creepy… the Red Light District.

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The trains worked and went all around the park

The trains worked and went all around the park

One of the few buildings that I knew right away - Muiderslot (we rode our bikes there a few weeks ago)

One of the few buildings that I knew right away – Muiderslot (we rode our bikes there a few weeks ago)

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Interestingly we drove over this bridge the next day on our way to Giethoorn - it was not at all where we would have expected, in fact it was in the middle of no where!

Interestingly we drove over this bridge the next day on our way to Giethoorn – it was not at all where we would have expected, in fact it was in the middle of no where!

So while Madurodam wasn’t my favorite place to visit in the Netherlands thus far, I will admit that I haven’t seen it for all that it is worth yet either.  I think it would be interesting to walk through and actually get to listen and read about all the places you are viewing.  If you are coming to the Netherlands for a visit, I don’t know that I’d put it high on the list of must see things, but if you have a day to spare and don’t mind heading down towards the Hague, it’s definitely worth checking out!

Knuffels en kussen,

Julie

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