Most people have heard of Jonathan Swift's book, Gulliver's Travels, and many have wondered what it would be like to experience the sensation of being a giant. Paris has made this possible with a tourist attraction called "France Miniature".
France Miniature covers five hectares of outdoor park area that is the exact same shape as France itself. Within the park you will find 160 models of France's most popular and famous historic monuments and landmarks scaled down to 1/30th of their actual size. It is really like a map of France that you can walk around in as the monuments are all placed as close as possible to their real life locations.
It is not like walking through a museum however. Many of the monuments have some kind of animation that will delight even the most staid of visitor. There is a train system that runs through the park and a number of boats that float in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea. There are paths that you can follow from one monument to the next so that you do not get lost or damage the models. There is also an indoor exhibition centre with a number of finely detailed models.
You are not restricted to wandering among the models however. There is also a do it yourself amusement park on the premises. You operate the rides yourself having a lot of fun controlling your own ride. There are a few places where you are going to have to depend on the person behind you to press the release button though so you have a chance to make friends with people you would otherwise never speak to.
If you want to view this particular attraction then you will have to visit Paris in the summer months as the park is closed during winter for renovations and repairs.
France Miniature is a place that most people should definitely put on their to do list when visiting France for a holiday. There is plenty to keep you amused for an entire day. Children will enjoy feeling like Godzilla on a rampage through France and grown-ups will give way to their inner-child as they explore this delightful place.
Facts For Your VisitFee: From: $33.93 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
France Miniature is all France in just 1 day, discovering 117 unmissable monuments, 14 interactive steps across the whole trail and 8 attractions. Discover the most famous French monuments on a 4,800-hectare (12,000-acre) miniature map of France ! By pre-purchasing your ticket, you can skip the queues and gain direct entry to the largest miniature park in Europe.
Address: Boulevard André Malraux, 78990 Élancourt, France
Phone: 01 30 16 16 30
Official Website: France MiniatureMap of nearby accommodations:
|Metro / SNCF Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M4, 6, 12 or 13 + SNCF N + Bus||Montparnasse - Bienvenüe / Gare Montparnasse to La Verrière - Gare||2 minutes|
How to get to France Miniature by Metro / SNCF
By Metro plus SNCF Train and Bus: Make your way via Metro M4, 6, 12, or 13 to Montparnasse - Bienvenüe Station and walk over to Gare Montparnasse to Board SNCF Train N to La Verrière - Gare (Station). Catch the #411 bus with destination sign ÉLANCOURT Les Côtes from the bus exchange situated just west of the of the station and disembark at the stop for France Miniature. This is about a 10 minute bus ride. On the trip back to the station catch the #411 bus with destination sign COIGNIÈRES Les Écoles. You can get bus schedules from sqy bus.
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Ratedout of 5
It's beautiful and it's in open place. It's good for kids. You must follow the numbers otherwise you will miss many miniatures. Excellent work
mohammed yusuf - 3 months ago
Great place, where can we see many interesting places in France in one garden. Fun for kinds sms adults.
Iwona Zawadzka - 5 months ago
We went early August on a damp day. It was almost deserted, no waiting for rides etc and a clear walk round the models. They were really well maintained and we loved the landscaping. Would highly recommend. We spent about 5 hours there. Would probably have been longer but we only went for the afternoon and stayed till the park shut at 7.
Sarah Clough - 6 months ago
Nice park with miniatures of the main sights of France. The park itself is even shaped as France. Great with kids, as there are also many interactive items, and an area dedicated to play.
Michael Gyula Szabó - 7 months ago
This place is amazing, what a finding. Kids love the mini trains riding. through the landscape. Each building is so meticulously crafted you feel like you are seeing the real thing. The indoor cars for kids to drive is also another must, kids have so much fun.
Vinicius Carvalho - 10 months ago