Watch the video above carefully. Do you notice anything usual?
Believe it or not, the airport is fake. It’s one of the prime exhibits at Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany. Yes, it’s a museum dedicated to very cool mini models built with perfect German precision.
I visited a couple of years ago, and the airfield is more or less as perfect as it is in the video. Planes land, taxi and take off while a crowd of patrons – sometimes a few people deep – watch intently. If you’re pressed for time, I recommend fast forwarding to the 4 minutes 20 second mark, where you can watch an Emirates plane (I believe a Boeing 777) land and taxi to its miniature gate.
Another cool thing about the model: The airport can switch from day to night.
According to the museum’s website, the project took about four and a half years to build and cost approximately 4 million euros, or roughly $5.3 million using today’s exchange rate. Officials say it took about 150,000 man hours to build the exhibit, which features 15,000 figures and 6,000 trees. It “handles” about 180 flights a day.