World’s BIGGEST Train Set

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This is the world’s biggest train set which covers 1,150 square meters (12,380 square feet), features almost
six miles of track and is still not complete

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Twin brothers Frederick and Gerrit Braun, 41, began work on the ‘Miniatur Wunderland’ in 2000

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The set covers six regions including America , Switzerland , Scandinavia , Germany and the Austrian Alps

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The American section features giant models of the Rocky Mountains, Everglades, Grand Canyon …

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…and Mount Rushmore

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The Swiss section has a mini-Matterhorn

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The Scandinavian part has a 4ft long passenger ship floating in a ‘fjord’

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It is expected to be finished in 2014, when the train set will cover more than 1,800 square meters

(19, 376 sq ft)
and feature almost 13 miles of track, by which time detailed models of parts of France, Italy and the UK will have been added


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It comprises 700 trains with more than 10,000 carriages and wagons

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The longest train is 46ft long

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The scenery includes 900 signals, 2,800 buildings, 4,000 cars – many with illuminated headlights… Train set (11)

…and 160,000 individually designed figures

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Thousands of kilograms of steel and wood was used to construct the scenery…

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The 250,000 lights are rigged up to a system which mimics night and day by automatically turning them on and off Train set (14)

The whole system is controlled from a massive high-tech nerve centre Train set (15)

In total the set has taken 500,000 hours and more than �8 million to put together, the vast majority of which has come from ticket sales

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Gerrit said: “Our idea was to build a world that men, woman, and children can be equally astonished and

amazed in”

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15 Most Strange Buildings of the World

1. The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)

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2. Forest Spiral – Hundertwasser Building (Darmstadt, Germany)

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3. The Torre Galatea Figueres (Spain)

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4. Ferdinand Cheval Palace a.k.a Ideal Palace (France)
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5. The Basket Building (Ohio, United States)
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6. Kansas City Public Library (Missouri, United States)

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7. Wonderworks (Orlando, Florida, United States)
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8. Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada)

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9. Cubic Houses (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

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10. Hang Nga Guesthou se a.k.a Crazy House (Vietnam)
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11. The Ufo House (Sanjhih, Taiwan)

12. Nakagin Capsule Tower (Tokyo, Japan)
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13. Erwin Wurm: House Attack (Viena, Austria)

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14. Wooden Gagster House (Archangelsk, Russia)

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15. Ripley’s Building (Ontario, Canada)

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Living on the Edge: 5 Clifftop Towns


Ronda (Spain): divided by a 100-meter deep canyon

Located in a very mountainous area about 750 metres (2,500 ft) above mean sea level, Ronda is a clifftop town in the spanish province of Malaga. “El Tajo”, a 100-meter deep canyon, separates the old town form the new one, leaving some of the buildings and houses right on the edge of abyss. Going from one side to the other is possible, as the canyon is spanned by three bridges, each built in a different historical age: Roman, Moorish and 18th Century. (Photos by giantginkgo and ed-latawiec)

Ronda - Spain

Bonifacio (Corsica): 70 meters (230 ft) over the Mediterranean Sea

Bonifacio - Corsica

At the southern tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is the largest commune of the island. This fragile looking citadel sits precariously at 70 meters (230 ft) over the white limestone cliffs, eaten away by the wind and waves of the Mediterranean Sea. A naval haven throughout the century, Bonifacio is now a small marina for expensive yachts from around the world. (photos by jacob metcalf and clivestanley)

Castellfolit de la Roca (Spain): situated on a 50 meters (164 ft) high basalt crag

Castellfolit de la Roca - Spain

A municipality in Catalonia, Spain, Castellfollit de la Roca is bordered by the confluence of the Fluvià and Toronell rivers, between which the town’s basalt cliff rises. The basalt crag where the town is situated is over 50 meters high and almost a kilometre long. It was formed by the overlaying of two lava flows and it is one of the smallest towns in the province. (Photos byferran)

Santorini (Greece): a 300 meter (984 ft) high paradise

Santorini - Greece

Located about 200 km southeast from Greece’s mainland, the archipelago ofSantorini is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, destroying the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and leading to the creation of the current geological caldera. Its spectacular physical beauty, along with a dynamic nightlife, have made the island one of Europe’s tourist hotspots. The Minoan eruption, which occurred some 3,600 years ago at the height of the Minoan civilization, left a large caldera surrounded by volcanic ash deposits hundreds of feet deep and may have led indirectly to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, 110 km (70 miles) to the south, through the creation of a gigantic tsunami. The giant central lagoon, more or less rectangular, mesures about 12 km by 7 km (8 mi by 4 mi) and is surrounded by 300 m (984 ft) high steep cliffs on three sides. (Photos by andreasmarcel and kdludwig)

Manarola (Italy): Italy’s most precariously placed town

Manarola - Italy

Located in Liguria, Manarola is certainly one of Italy’s most precariously placed towns. It’s hard to say just how old this village is, but ancient Roman texts have been found which celebrated the wines produced there. Today, you can still enjoy strolls through the vineyards, a walk on the Via dell’Amore (Path of Love) and its brightly colored buildings just near the edge. (Photo by Herbert Wong)

15 Amazing National Geographic photos of 2009

This post showcase top 15 amazing national geographic photos taken by professional Nat Geo photographers in 2009.

I hope you like these interesting pictures.

Rock Fort IndiaRock Fort India

Whale SharkWhale Shark

Toad River Valley CanadaToad River Valley Canada

Swan on the River AvonSwan on the River Avon

Snoqualmie Falls WashingtonSnoqualmie Falls Washington

Santa Monica ShoreSanta Monica Shore

Porcupine Mountains WaterfallPorcupine Mountains Waterfall

Polar Bear and CubsPolar Bear and Cubs

Mexican Gray WolfMexican Gray Wolf

King Penguins SwimmingKing Penguins Swimming

Havasu Creek WaterfallHavasu Creek Waterfall

Grizzly Bear CubsGrizzly Bear Cubs

Gray Reef SharkGray Reef Shark

Chinstrap penguinsChinstrap penguins

Bottlenose Dolphins At Waterfall BluffBottlenose Dolphins At Waterfall Bluff