France Miniature is an attraction located outside Paris, at Elancourt, where you can have a look at every landmarks and famous places of France in a miniature version. If you are only staying for one week and you don’t have enough time to visit everything in France, go to France Miniature.
The idea of a thematic miniature park appeared in the 19th Century, Bekonscot in the UK and Madurodam in The Netherlands were the first thematic parks to come into existance. France Miniature, created in 1991 is celebrating its 25th years anniversary. The biggest thematic miniature park of Europe, enables you to visit France in a record time. It offers to visit 6 regions (the North and Ile de France, the East, the West, the Center, the South-West and the South-East) of France with more than 2 000 models like villages, castles, ports, railway stations with trains displayed over 5 hectares. You can explore the 117 monuments of France like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and others as you were a giant. If you don’t know all the monuments that are present in the park don’t worry, there is a map that is pretty easy to understand. The regions can clearly be identified as there are different colours, the monuments can be found easily as there are numbers and the names on the map. You may have a look at the Palais de la Miniature during your visit, where you will be able to see miniature characters.
Playground and Restaurant
France Miniature is for everyone from children to the retired ones who still want to visit the famous places in France. Beside the park you have access to other things, if you are visiting the park with your children feel free to go to the playground. There are many activities that could interest them such as having a ride on a six track toboggan, having a look at the panoramic tower to have a nice view and other. There are 8 attractions, most of them can be educative in one kind as they are related to the French history like King Arthur. Of course, these activities are as entertaining as the visit of the park itself, the children will surely like them. You can have access to these for free once you have paid your entrance ticket. For those who get hungry, don’t panic, there are two spaces to eat, the snack bar La Gourmandine (opened from April to November) and the restaurant Les Provinces (check the official website to see if it’s open). Les Provinces offers many different regional dishes while La Gourmandine offers snack and fast-food.
Getting to France Miniature
France miniature is located at Boulevard André Malraux, 78990 ELANCOURT. The nearest station is La Verrière, you can take the train Transilien lines N or H and then take the busses numbered 411 or 412 and stop at France Miniature. If you want to plan your journey to France Miniature, check this. Consider a 1.30 hour journey to get there from central Paris.
Or if you drive, you can take your car but there is a parking fee. It may be easier to use a private shuttle to get there (prices from 75€ one way, you can contact us here to book one). The park is open from 10 AM to 6 PM, but it depends on the season. Be sure to check that it is open before going, check France Miniature official website.
You can get your tickets once you arrive or online. Prices are different according to the season. During the high season (July and August), it’s 21€ for adults and 15€ for children, otherwise it’s 20€ for adults and 14€ for children. Reduction are available for the unemployed, UE students, large families, disabled, and people over 60.
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