Once you hit the high tourist points in Brussels and eat your weight in Moules Frites, you need to find some more things to kill the time and walk it off. Insert Mini-Europe. This “amusement” park is co-located next to the Atomium – which is what Brussels built when they hosted the World’s Fair in 1958 (they didn’t quite beat out France and their 1889 World’s Fair attraction…the Eiffel Tower).
Mini-Europe is probably the perfect park for a family with children because the monuments are kid-sized and offer a 360 view at once of some of the world’s most iconic spots, perfect for any sort of educational purposes. For us? It was pretty much just a selfie park. We started out reading about each monument as we walked through but only made it through about 4 until we decided to forget it. Some of the exhibits are really cool (Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame) but other (fishing boats, other industrial type things) were a bit of a stretch. We were bummed we couldn’t get close to the leaning tower of Pisa for those cheesy standard shots! They have a sense of humor though – there were mini BREXIT protestors outside of Big Ben and Parliament!
It was kind of funny just taking massive selfies to “hit” all the tourist spots in Europe at once but it isn’t a trip I will need to make again (also, my selfie-stick literally broke after this trip…oops!)
Can you identify these famous sites?
Outside of the park is a set up like you would see in any amusement park in the states – several restaurants, cafes, and spots for children to play. You don’t need to pay to stop into that area either!
What do you think? Is this the oddest amusement park you have heard of or would you want to check it out?