In the Scheveningen district of The Hague, Netherlands, you can find Madurodam, a miniature park that attracts every year many tourists and travelers from all over the world. The park hosts 1:25 replicas of famous Dutch buildings, castles, an airport, streets and many more.
You simply have to pay attention to all the details of the pieces exhibited. From the KLM airplanes to the cars that are on the more, to the fire on water that visitors extinguish, from the queen present at the balcony of one of the buildings to the always adapted poster of a movie, from the parks and streets featured, to each flower, statue and person replicated.
You could think that this is a place where kids are having fun. You’d be right, but believe me, it is a place where everyone discovers his inner child.
This miniature park’s name comes from George Maduro, a Jewish law student from Curaçao who fought the Nazi occupation forces as a member of the Dutch resistance. He died at Dachau concentration camp in 1945 and received some medals posthumously. The park also honors his parents’ gesture – they donated the funds necessary for the project.
As a curiosity – perhaps, but not necessary – when she was a tennage girl, princess Beatrix was the mayor of Madurodam. Nowadays, Madurodam’s mayor is elected by a youth municipal council consisting of 25 pupils from schools in the region (info source). The park is open all year round, and you can get more information here.
My friend Mirela was just in the Netherlands, and she visited this amazing park. She loved it, took tons of photos and kept special memories. So the photos you’ll see below are Mirela’s, copyrighted, but she gave me the OK to include them here so that people will find out about this great park and visit it when in Hague.
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