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Mini-Europe is a miniature park located in Bruparck at the foot of the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium. Mini-Europe has reproductions of monuments in the European Union on show, at a scale of 1:25. Roughly 80 cities and 350 buildings are represented. Mini-Europe receives 350,000 visitors per year and has a turnover of 4 million Euros.

The park contains live action models such as trains, mills, an erupting Mount Vesuvius, and cable cars. 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. Most of the monuments were made using moulds. 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 computer-assisted milling procedure was used for two of the models.

After painting the monument was 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. The Brussels Grand-Place model cost €350,000 to make.

The gardens

Ground cover plants, dwarf trees, bonsais and grafted trees are used alongside miniature monuments, and the paths are adorned with bushes and flowers.


List of models


  • Melk Abbey


  • 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


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


  • St. Mark's Church, Zagreb


  • Ancient Greek theatre, Kourion

Czech Republic

  • Prague Orloj


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


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


  • St. Olaf's Castle, Savonlinna


  • 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


  • 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


  • Acropolis, Athens
  • Traditional village, Santorini


  • Széchenyi Bath


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


  • 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


  • Freedom Monument, Riga


  • Vilnius University campus, Vilnius


  • Adolphe Bridge, Luxembourg City


  • Mnajdra temple


  • 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


  • Artus Court, Gdańsk
  • Monument to Fallen Shipyard Workers, Gdańsk


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


  • Mogoşoaia Palace, near Bucharest


  • The Blue Church in Bratislava


  • Prešeren Square with Tromostovje in Ljubljana


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


  • 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


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

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