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: $29.98 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
France Miniature invites you to 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.
Open Now: NoHours This Week:
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Address: Boulevard André Malraux, 78990 Élancourt, France
Phone: 01 30 16 16 30
Official Website: France Miniature
|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
Good for a half-day outing from Paris. Better if you know France well. Under-fives will be bored in the exhibits but like the attractions.
Steven Flostrand - 17 days ago
Very nice day out and a complete picture of historic France
Michiel van der Eijk - 25 days ago
This site has more than 100 miniature representations of buildings and places in France. Most are places and sites you might find on list of tours for France All the well known tourist sites are represented. You might get some ideas of other places to visit in France There is modestly priced, good food available. There are unusual, nteresting and free activities for children. Families with children 8 to 14 should not miss this place.
Charlie Cartwright - 26 days ago
Amazing park. Was there for the second time and still very excited about it.
Victor Buldakov - 1 month ago
Fun for the whole family. Trains and rides for the little ones while the adults enjoy the excellent models.
Benjamin Irby - 1 month ago