Madurodam: the Dutch prototype of Disneyland

Madurodam is an attraction to kids and a masterpiece of miniature architecture. Everyone can become a Gulliver in the Madurodam city with buildings, canals, ships….

Madurodam is a miniature city located in Scheveningen, The Hague, in the Netherlands. It is a model of a Dutch town on a 1:25 scale, composed of typical Dutch buildings and landmarks, as are found at various locations in the country. This major Dutch tourist attraction was built in 1952 and has been visited by tens of millions of visitors since then. The miniature city was named after George Maduro, a law student from Curaçao who fought the Nazi occupation forces as a member of the Dutch resistance and died at Dachau concentration camp in 1945. His parents donated the money to start the Madurodam project.

On July 2, 1952, teenaged princess Beatrix was appointed mayor of Madurodam, after which she was given a tour of her town. When Beatrix became queen of the Netherlands, she laid down this function. Today, the mayor of Madurodam is elected by a youth municipal council consisting of 25 pupils from schools in the region.

The Madurodam attraction was the inspiration for Storybook Land in Disneyland.

MADURODAM Opening hours:

  • 21/03/2008 – 24/03/2008 20:00
  • 26/04/2008 – 12/05/2008 22:00
  • 05/07/2008 – 31/07/2008 23:00
  • 01/08/2008 – 31/08/2008 22:30


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