The Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg is now home to model of Venice. Spanning just 9 square meters, it cost over a million euros and took more than 35,000 hours to build.
The lagoon city is the new highlight of the world's largest model railway complex in Hamburg's Speicherstadt. From 21 February, the miniature gondolas will run through the canals of little Venice in Bella Italia.
What began as a whacky idea has become a tourist magnet - the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg is to open a new "Bella Italia" area as part of the world's largest model railway.
Over the course of its history, Hamburg has steadily developed into one of the busiest ports in Europe. DW's Eesha Kheny spent two days exploring the ins and outs of the bustling cultural hub.
The Speicherstadt is the largest warehouse district in the world and since 2015 a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The red brick neo-gothic buildings are very much a landmark of Hamburg.
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