Switzerland in miniature

Visiting the Swissminiatur model village in Ticino.

Since first arriving in Switzerland so long ago, it’s taken me over eighteen years to get around to visiting Swissminiatur in canton Ticino. I love miniatures and, in particular, those which represent scenes or buildings which actually exist. (This being said, I’m not quite sure why it’s taken me so long to get there…)

I finally made it to the park at Melide, in the south of Switzerland, last weekend and loved it: from the large concrete mound formed to represent the Swiss alpine peaks of Titlis and Schilthorn, to the detailed buildings and charming rail and road network weaving between the individual features.

Although I enjoyed all of the scenes, my favourites were of the Zytglogge clock tower (from Bern, including the pissoir), the motorway services at Würenlos (including cars passing back and forth along the motorway), and the trans-alpine transport at the foot of the large mountain sculpture.

I also particularly liked that because some of the models are being (or soon will be) repaired and updated, those which need improvement feature miniature repair work details, like men with diggers or tiny sets of scaffolding.

  • Model of the Zytglogge in Bern
  • Model of Würenlos motorway services
  • Model of the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • Model of Thun castle and the combined road/rail bridge at Rapperswil-Jona
  • Model of the blessing of the motorcycles at Fribourg cathedral
  • Model of Schwyz town hall
  • Model of building work in progress
  • Model of La Collégiale in Neuchâtel
  • Model of trans-alpine transport
  • Staff at the Swissminiatur village in Switzerland
  • Real and model transmission towers of Monte San Salvatore