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Amusement Parks, Sightseeing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

This theme park north of central Brussels features scale models of more than 350 of Europe's most famous landmarks, from Athens' Acropolis and the canals of Venice to London's Big Ben and Paris' Eiffel Tower. Each replica comes complete with visual and sound effects. Be sure to bring your kids: Many of the park's miniature attractions are interactive, such as Naples' Mount Vesuvius and the Berlin Wall. 

Many past visitors agreed that Mini-Europe is a great place to bring children. They described it as adorable, cute and informative and recommended adding it to your itinerary.

Mini-Europe sits next to the Atomium, and you can access it via the metro, bus or tram. The park's hours vary depending on the season (and the park usually closes each year from January to mid-March); tickets cost 16.50 euros (about $18) for adults and 12 euros (about $13) for children. You can also buy combo tickets to Train World or the Atomium if you're planning to visit one or more attractions. For more information, check out the official website.

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