Minimundus History

Minimundus history

Buildings from
around the world
in miniature

Minimundus is one of the most popular and
well-known excursion destinations in Carinthia.

The history of the miniature world at Lake Wörthersee began in the 1950s with the vision of the regional chairman of SAVE THE CHILDREN at that time, Dr. Peter Zojer, to bring together the sights of the world in one place. Under the original name of “Minieurop” there were 20 models to view at that time.

Over time the area was expanded to 26,000 m² and numerous buildings from near and far were added. Following major restructuring, Minimundus has shone in new splendour since spring 2016. The new indoor interactive experience and an attractive framework programme with musical and culinary events have made Minimundus an all-year-round experience for adults and families.

500x400

A history full of milestones:

1958
Today’s Minimundus was acquired 50 years ago, under the original name of “Minieurop” with just 20 models, by Dr. Peter Zojer, the regional chairman of SAVE THE CHILDREN at that time.

A British representative of the “Save The Children Fund”, Basil Gardner McTaggart, provided the project with financial support. He was also the one who thought up the new name, “MINIMUNDUS”.

Minimundus opened its doors to the world on 3rd July 1959.

1967
Minimundus welcomed its one millionth visitor.

1977
The area was expanded from 15,000 m² to 26,000 m².

1982
On-site workshops and a company building were built during a construction phase that lasted until 1983.

1983 – 25 years of Minimundus
The seven millionth guest visited the miniature world at Lake Wörthersee in its jubilee year.

1990
St Peter’s Basilica was presented to the public as the most expensive model following six years’ building time.

1993/1994
The north side of Minimundus was renewed, new paths were laid.

2003
The guessing came to an end: Minimundus models finally received short descriptions.

2008 – 50 years of Minimundus

2009/2010
The new children’s adventure path with games, fun and puzzles was opened. Soon after, the new 400 m² adventure playground was opened.

2015/2016
Minimundus was expanded with a 1,500 m² indoor interactive experience and is now open all year round.