Swissminiatur – Switzerland in miniature


Swissminiatur is the largest open-air miniature museum in Switzerland and is located in Melide on the shores of Lake Lugano. The park is surrounded by the impressive backdrop of the surrounding mountains of Monte Generoso, Monte San Salvatore and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Monte San Giorgio. Immerse yourself in a harmonious and natural environment and treat yourself to a break full of relaxation and beauty.

Swissminiatur Melide on Lake Lugano

Swissminiatur Melide on Lake Lugano

The spacious 14,000 square meter open-air park is home to 128 detailed models of houses, castles and monuments. These impressive miniature structures are surrounded by thousands of plants and flowers, providing a picturesque and colorful backdrop.

The miniature park Swissminiatur in Melide was opened in 1959 and is the only one of its kind in Switzerland. The park is home to an impressive collection of detailed models, including well-known buildings such as the Heidi village in Maienfeld, the castles of Burgdorf and Chillon, the Federal Palace in Bern and Milan Cathedral, the only model that can also be viewed from the inside.

There are 18 model trains running on around 3.5 kilometers of track and various types of railroads, including cogwheel and cable railroads, suspension railroads and ships. These fascinating miniature vehicles move through the park’s lovingly designed landscape.

The park itself is embedded in a magnificent plant world with over 15,000 flower species and more than 1,500 plants. This not only lends Swissminiatur a visual beauty, but also creates a harmonious and relaxing atmosphere. There is a play park for children and a self-service restaurant to round off the park’s offerings.

Swissminiatur is thus a place that is fascinating for both children and adults alike. It offers a unique opportunity to discover famous buildings in miniature while enjoying the beauty of the surrounding nature.


“Swissminiatur” is an open-air museum where you can admire the most important Swiss buildings and means of transportation on a smaller scale…


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