Swiss Miniature Park - Switzerland in miniature
Switzerland, Melide

Swissminiatur is a small, fascinating park, near the border with Italy, in the town of Melido, on the lake. If you want to see the main attractions of Switzerland for a couple of hours, then here you are. In total, the park has more than 120 objects on a scale of 1:25. Almost all the significant monuments and buildings of this mountainous country are collected here. In addition to palaces and monuments in the park, you can see miniature funiculars that travel up and down, boats and ferries that float on the lakes, periodically freight and passenger trains will fly by, as well as many types of village houses from different parts of the country. Before embarking on a trekking tour of the mini-country, the entire park around the perimeter can be circled while sitting on a small train. There are a lot of attractions there, for the Russians it’s true that not all of them are known, I was not aware before that there is a monument to Suvorov in Switzerland, now I know. The miniature example of the Cathedral of Milan (Duomo di Milano) leaves the greatest impression; it is clearly made on a larger scale, you can even go inside the mini-cathedral. It would seem that the Italian cathedral is in the Swiss park, but we must remember that the park is located in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, almost on the border with Italy, in 2003, the 200th anniversary of the accession of Ticino to Switzerland was celebrated, and here they put the Duomo model as a sign of friendship. No less impressive is the miniature version of the Monte San Salvatore mountain with a funicular that rises to it and with a church that stands on top of this mountain, the fact is that the park itself is located at the foot of this mountain, so raising your head a little higher you see this mountain with the church is no longer in miniature but in kind, if it is possible to compare the original with a copy.
At the entrance, say that you are from Russia and you will be given a booklet in Russian with a description of all the attractions that you have to see, by the way, and the site of this park (www.swissminiatur.ch) also has a Russian version.
It’s quite easy to get from Milan to Swissminiatur, if you don’t want to book an individual excursion, you can also get by train from Milan Central Station (Milano Centrale), there is an electric train platform in the town of Melido itself, but not all trains stop there, you can get out in advance Chiasso and then by bus, or get to Lugano and from there by bus or ferry boat.
Also on the ferry, as well as on the bus from the Swissminiatur Park, you can reach Campione d'Italia, a small reservation that belongs to Italy but is located in Switzerland. This compion houses one of the 4 casinos in Italy, a couple of churches and temples, the most famous of which is the Madonna dei Ghirli. Well, you can just walk around a very pleasant village.
By the way, you can eat and buy souvenirs in the Swissminiatur park itself, and there are a restaurant and souvenir shops there. But parking at the park is paid.

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