Arts + Culture

Tiny Tourist Attractions

by Colleen Clark

Mini Europe, Brussels, Belgium

What's a group of fiercely independent countries to do to unite its members? In the case of the European Union, build a theme park. Mini Europe, in Brussels, the de facto capital of the E.U., contains more than 300 of the continent's most famous landmarks, most paid for by the country they represent. That's all well and good, but what's truly impressive about Mini Europe is that these monuments don't just sit around waiting for their paint to peel—they get down to business. Mini Mount Vesuvius actually erupts, little Big Ben chimes away, and teeny gondolas negotiate the waterways of baby Venice. Mini Europe is really a monument to peace and stability, because countries that play together stay together.

Mini Europe
Bruparck
Brussels, Belgium
Tel: 32 2 474 1313

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