Mini-Europe & ADAM Design Museum (Brussels - Belgium)

The last time when I visited here on a day-trip to Brussels, I had time only to visit the Atomium of the 4 Brussels attractions located next to each other in Heysel, in north Brussels. That was the last thing for the day and I literally ran from Koekelburg Basilica to the metro station and from there to Atomium, to reach it just 15 mins before the last entry time! I made it! This time, I managed to visit 2 of Atomium's neighbouring Brussels attractions,  ADAM and Mini-Europe! 


OCEADE - WATER PARKS IN BRUSSELS 
Apart from Atomium, ADAM and Mini-Europe, one more place to see here is Oceade! However, if you’ve been following my other blog, Fashion Panache, you may know that I’m pregnant right now (as of 2017). So water rides in an amusement park is a big no-no for me! So over to my experience at Mini-Europe and Atomium Design and Art Museum!
Update 2018 - This is now permanently closed and has been acquired by Walibi group. Most of the equipment and rides have been moved to Aqualibi in Wavre, close to Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, in the south of Brussels.

MINI-EUROPE BRUSSELS - BEST THINGS TO DO IN BRUSSELS
Even from atop the Atomium, the view of Mini-Europe is stunning! As soon as you enter, it is really crazy with so many mini monuments in front of you. However, if you follow the passage, it’s easy to decipher what is what and with the guidebook, it’s indeed a cakewalk! No, not really... I’m exaggerating. With a whopping 350 miniature models, everything meticulously re-created in a 1:25 ratio, it takes half a day easily to see it all and energy just dips as you keep walking!!! So yeah, carry a waffle in your hand…

All links below direct to my visits to the 'real' places depicted as miniatures in Mini-Europe. Click the links to read all the more about the same places & monuments!

Mini Europe Brussels Attractions


Liege Mini Europe Brussels Attractions

Liege Mini Europe Brussels Attractions

MINI-EUROPE BRUSSELS - MINIATURE MONUMENTS OF SCANDINAVIA & EASTERN EUROPE
The park begins with Denmark. No, not Copenhagen but with Trelleborg! It depicts the Vikings camp of 1000 CE with its circular fortress and wooden longhouses!  But the best part is the enactment with miniature humans and ships and barrels!!! Then we proceed with Copenhagen’s Exchange and Nyhavn. Next, we move to Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia etc.

MINI-EUROPE BRUSSELS - MINIATURE MONUMENTS OF BELGIUM & THE NETHERLANDS
The major next portion was dedicated to, of course, Belgium! It began with Curtius House in Liege, complete with a canal in front of it! Can you find the arguing car drivers on Liege's road? 
Next was the early Gothic architecture of Cathedral of Our Lady in Dinant, complete with the stained glass details and arches in the architecture! There’s also a stunning parade in front of it with a musical band, floaters etc! There’s also a cable car that takes you to the Citadel!!! 
Then was the Brussels Grand Place depicting……….. you’re right if you guessed the 2016 Flower Carpet! Below are the real flower carpet of 2016 and the miniature and yours truly posing in front of both! 
This was followed by several landmarks from the Netherlands including Amsterdam, Veere, Kinderdijk etc. Next was Antwerp followed by Leuven and Ghent! A week after I went here to Mini Europe and photographed miniature Leuven, the next weekend I was at Leuven, photographing the real thing!!! 

Dinant Mini Europe Top Things to do in Brussels

Dinant Mini Europe Top Things to do in Brussels

Grand Place Mini Europe Top Things to do in Brussels

Grand Place Mini Europe Top Things to do in Brussels

MINI EUROPE BRUSSELS - MINIATURE MONUMENTS OF THE UK
Next was the UK, beginning with Big Ben, followed by a couple of sites in Ireland, and then began England with Longleat HouseThe Royal Cresent of Bath, ferry across the English Channel and Dover Castle! The mere feeling of seeing the same sites again in a miniature size brought back beautiful memories of my visit to those very places! 
Update 2020: After Brexit, there's a miniature Customs & Immigration before getting into the UK miniature monuments. That's essentially a miniature Border Control to go from Mini-Europe to Mini-UK and to return!

MINI EUROPE BRUSSELS - MINIATURE MONUMENTS OF FRANCE & WESTERN EUROPE
Next France began, obviously with Eiffel Tower in Paris, followed by Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre hill (yeah, that's the real vs miniature Eiffel)! There was also a miniature railway track showing Thalys, the high-speed train (check it out in the video above). This was followed by Portugal, Spain, MaltaGermany etc.

MINI EUROPE BRUSSELS - MINIATURE MONUMENTS OF ITALY, GREECE & CENTRAL EUROPE
The next stop was Italy, of course showing their prized possession, Leaning Tower of Pisa!!! This was followed by a working miniature of Mt.Vesuvius in eruption, which destroyed Pompeii! This was followed by all other European countries incl Luxembourg, Czech, Slovak, Hungary etc. The walk inside Mini-Europe finally wraps up with Greece showing the stunning Athens Acropolis!!! 

There’s also a large caf√©, well-maintained toilets here as well as some games for kids, testing their knowledge about the European countries!  Btw, if you haven’t yet, click the links on the locations in this post, to read about my trip to those 'actual' locations! Hoping to see the rest in reality too! 

Bath UK Mini Europe Top Things to do in Brussels

Dover UK Mini Europe Top Things to do in Brussels

Eiffel Tower Mini Europe Top Things to do in Brussels

Leaning Tower of Pisa Cathedral Mini Europe Top Things to do in Brussels

ADAM (DESIGN MUSEUM)
F
rom here our next stop was ADAM (Atomium, Design & Art Museum). Currently, an exhibition is going on here on plastics. The first thing that the place reminded me, was of the G.D.Naidu Museum collections!!! With phones of the 1950s and computers of the 1990s, it was one awesome visual treat! While I saw very early computers in G D Naidu museum, here were the old ones that were made with the design aspect in mind! 
The permanent collection has about 2000 articles of post-modernism to the pop-art era with so much plastic! Especially the furniture here were just stunning! There was a chair made of clear colourless plastic that looked like it was a draped fabric! The early assembled, stackable chairs were interesting too! 
A particular chair that looks like a seated man was very intriguing! Office desks designed by Marice Calca were perfect examples of Art Nouveau sensibilities! With fluid designs made of plastic, totally functional! No wonder he has won several awards! 

P.S: Check out here to know what I wore!

ADAM Design Museum Top Places to visit in Brussels

ADAM Design Museum Top Places to visit in Brussels

ADAM Design Museum Top Places to visit in Brussels

ADAM Design Museum Top Places to visit in Brussels

ADAM Design Museum Top Places to visit in Brussels

HOW TO REACH MINI EUROPE & DESIGN MUSEUM BRUSSELS
Nearest metro/tram station: Heysel/Heizel
Both these sites are walkable from Heizel & Atomium.

MINI-EUROPE TICKETS (Updated in Mar 2021)
€17 for Mini Europe. 
Mini Europe tickets have to be bought online via the official website of Mini-Europe with time-slot entry.
€21.60 for Mini Europe + Brussels Planetarium. This can be bought only at the ticket desk of Planetarium. 
However, combo tickets are temporarily unavailable when time-slot entries are in place.

ADAM (DESIGN MUSEUM) TICKETS (Updated in Mar 2021)
€10 for ADAM (Design Museum). Included in MuseumPASSmusees
ADAM tickets have to be bought / timeslot reserved online on the official website of ADAM (Design Museum) Brussels.
€29.10 for ADAM + Mini Europe + Atomium. This can be bought only at the ticket desk of Atomium.
However, combo tickets are temporarily unavailable when time-slot entries are in place.

MINI-EUROPE BRUSSELS OPENING HOURS (Updated in Mar 2021)
Mini-Europe Brussels Timings: All days 9:30AM to 5:00/6:00/8:00PM (in winter/spring & autumn/summer respectively)
Annual Closure: Approximately 2 months from mid-Jan to mid-Mar. Dates change every year.
Re-opening of Mini-Europe 2021: 28 Mar 2021

ADAM (DESIGN MUSEUM) OPENING HOURS (Updated in Mar 2021)
ADAM (Design Museum) Timings: 11:00AM to 7:00PM (Fri-Sun + Belgian school holidays)

ADAM Design Museum Brussels Pinterest Mini Europe Brussels Pinterest

P.S: I was invited by ADAM & Mini Europe to experience them for review purposeshowever, the opinions are my own and this post does not advertise the product/service.
P.S: The photographs of Atomium in the background, were clicked by me but the structure/architecture/image of Atomium are copyrighted to Atomium till the year 2075 CE and these are being used in this blog and related social media with prior permission.

Bhushavali

An ardent traveler by passion. Being an ex - Art History Teacher, my area of interest especially lies in Nature and Heritage. Visited 78 UNESCO World Heritage sites as of Sept 2020. I've been listed among the Top 7 Women Travel Bloggers of India, Top 50 in UK. I have been interviewed in a couple of TV Shows, Radio Channels and Events as well. Read more about me and read the testimonials of different brands

29 comments:

  1. Thank you for these detailed pictures!
    I have visited the mini-Europe park twice. The first time when I was a teenager and the second time with a group of Japanese students. They loved it! The park is a great spot to see All Europe in one day! You can get a free booklet at the entrance explaining the models and with relevant facts about the countries.

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  2. Super cool pictures. I am yet to blog about this...

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  3. Funnily enough when I visited Brussels this is the only thing I didn't get time to do! If you go again I recommend the museums and Delirium Cafe. I will try and go back to do Mini Europe, it looks so sweet!

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  4. Thats so funny !
    The only thing I visited when I went to Brussels was the Atomium as well.
    Great to know, that the city has so much more to offer.
    Greetings
    Amelie

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  5. wow the Gothic Cathedral and flower carpet are amazing! I've never been but have been wanting to for 15 years (since I was 23 and hoping to study abroad in Belgium fora year but it didn't happen)

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  6. I never knew mini-Europe existed! So much detail put into the figurines and models - I'd say it takes a lot of work to maintain!

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  7. Now my children would LOVE to visit all those places! I shall have to book a quick trip across to Belgium very soon!

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  8. Wow Europe in 1 day and that too on foot, sounds unimaginable but this park has proved it. This Adam Museum showing Mini Europe must be wonderful and educational for children. I loved that Gothic Cathedral and Flower Carpet. I am also keen for ADAM as I love to see art and design museum. Beautiful post!

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  9. I've never heard of this attraction in Brussels, but it does look fun! So much work must have gone into building this, I must remember the next time I'm back. I love those strange plastic chairs and sculptures too, very unique indeed!

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  10. That is a really interesting museum. I've been to a similar one in The Netherlands and it was amazing. I would love to visit this one too.

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  11. I was in Brussels a few years ago and had no idea this Mini Europe was even there. It's a really chilled city, and your posts shows the fun side of it. Thanks for the info!

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  12. Wow, I am floored at the details in these pictures, I had never heard of Mini Europe and it would be quite spectacular to visit and see.

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  13. Wow this is such an interesting place to go! This is the first time that I've heard of it. I think it is so amazing how they have studied and incorporated all these details from notable tourist attractions and landmarks in Europe. :)

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  14. I have seen some shots of Mini Europe on TV and was intrigued by what I saw. I would love to go there one day

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  15. I have a Mexican Uncle (my daughters mothers Uncle) who visited Brussels. He visited the Mini Europe and when I told him I was visiting Brussels he kept on about the Mini Europe! I think it's his favourite place in Brussels and all of Europe. I didn't visit however and he was a little disappointed, I'll send him your link as I'm sure he will love this article! It looks quite detailed with all the important monuments of Europe, especially the Eiffel Tower and your comparison with the original!

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  16. The mini Europe looks awesome and ADAM is very interesting!! When we visited Brussels, we didn’t make it to Atomium’s last entry time nor see the Mini Europe and ADAM! :( We really need to go back to Brussels to see these attractions.

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  17. Mini Europe (Brussels) shows the major sights and places in Brussels which have a great historical significance. We've similar mini Philippines. We call it Nayon Pilipino (Filipino Community) which showcases all the tourism spots in our country.

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  18. This is really an amazing place to visit! Cool and very attractive. Very nice idea to put major sights into one place.

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  19. Mini Europe sounds like so much fun. I love that they have so much detail like the drivers arguing! That would be fun to find. I wished this was something I visited when I was in Brussel. Instead I too went to the atom.
    I also read your post about the flower carpets and love that thy were featured in Mini Europe!

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  20. That's a super creative and unique collection you featured from there!

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  21. I love reading travel posts! It's good that you were able to take a photo by the Eiffel Tower with not many tourists around. And that Apple laptop that looks like a toy! I used to have one!

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  22. Wow nice pictures. Mini Europe sounds like real fun. I remember Brussels as one of the prettiest places I have visited.

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  23. I love miniature museums. I had no idea they had one in Brussels! Loved the car accident scene. That plastic human chair in ADAM looks so crazy!

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  24. I've never been to a miniature museum before, so I loved reading this! So cool how they have little replicas of some of the big popular structures throughout Europe.

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  25. Mini Europe is really fascinating.Seeing all the European landmarks in miniature version must indeed be a thrilling experience. Sights like the Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, look so much like the original, as if by some magic they have been shrunk.

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  26. This is very cool. The detail of this miniature town is really impressive. Looks like an interesting day out! Thanks for sharing

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  27. Haven't been to any place in Europe. Thanks for sharing this! It is a very huge place with Europe all at once. Keep it up! :-)

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  28. This is such a lovely mini place.. I'd love to visit here one day.. Nice!

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