Swiss Miniature Park (Swissminiatur)
On the shores of Lake Lugano, against a backdrop of the Swiss Alps, the Swiss Miniature Park (Swissminiatur) is the only one of its kind in Switzerland. Take a tour of Switzerland—recreated in 1:125 scale models—to see everything from historic landmarks to alpine vistas, and even a working miniature railway.
Explore the park at your leisure and spend time admiring the almost 130 models including houses, monuments, and castles—linked by a network of miniature railways, cable cars, and boats. Highlights include Chillon Castle from Montreux, the Federal Parliament building from Bern, the Heidi Village in Maienfeld, and Rapperswil Castle.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Swissminiatur Park is a fun choice for families and kids under 6 are free.
There is a self-service restaurant, gift shop, and playground.
The park is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Swiss Miniature Park is located in the town of Melide in the Swiss Alps, along the shores of Lake Lugano. It’s about a 4-minute walk from Melide train station, which has links to nearby Lugano and Chiasso. It’s also possible to arrive by boat from Lugano.
When to Get There
The park is open throughout the year. It's busiest in July and August when it’s best to visit in the morning to avoid the crowds and the midday heat. As Swiss Miniature Park is an outdoor attraction, it’s ideal to visit on a day with mild weather; however visiting on a rainy day could mean that you get the park to yourself.
Things to Do Around Lake Lugano
The lakeside beaches and waterfront promenades of Lake Lugano make it a popular resort in southern Switzerland. After exploring the miniature park, visit the lakeside Civico-Ciani park, home to the region’s Natural History Museum; ride the funicular to the top of Monte Brè; treat the kids to a stop at Alprose Chocolate Museum (Alprose Schokolade-Museum); or visit the Hermann Hesse Museum (Museo e Fondazione Hermann Hesse) in Montagnola to learn more about Lugano's famous former resident.
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