Madurodam

In the Netherlands we have many cities, some so large that they run into the neighbouring city, other are very modest, but Madurodam is our smallest city. despite it’s size it is packed with ancient monuments, splendid old architecture as well as the most modern.

It is a model city. Madurodam is located in Scheveningen, just outside Den Haag and it is a model city, literally, of a Dutch town to a scale of 1:25. Every model in it represents a real struct in the Netherlands and it tries to embody all that is our country. in some ways it illustrates our country better than the reality.

The Law Student, Dutch Resistance & Memory

This major Dutch tourist attraction was built in 1952 and has been visited by tens of millions of visitors from all around the world since then.  It all started in 1946 when George Maduro, a former law student from Curacao was posthumously granted the honor of Knight 4th-class of the Military Order of William, the highest and oldest honor in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He had distinguished himself in the Battle of the Netherlands against German troops 1940 to 1945 as a member of the Dutch resistance against the Nazis. His parents donated the money to start the Madurodam project in his memory after George died from typhus as a prisoner in Dachau concentration camp in February 1945.

The project’s founders were Mvr B. Boon-van der Starp and Dhr. and Mvr J.M.L. Maduro. Mvr Boon-van der Starp was a member of a society that helped support Dutch students at a hospital  in Laren. The hospital was founded in 1947 and offered students suffering from tuberculosis (TB), still terribly common at that time, the opportunity to recover, while still continuing with their studies. The costs of the hospital construction and the care of patients were very high and a way was needed to raise funds. As George Maduro had been a student himself at the start of the war the two ladies joined forces to use the model city as a way of financial support.

The Building Of the City

Local businesses were approached for assistance and they responded enthusiastically and soon the first models were being made even before a site had been found. Then the mayor of Den Haag joined the effort and contributed land to this unique plan. An area in ‘Scheveningse Bosjes’ was given on a long lease to the city and the ground was cleared by students from the near by Delft Technical University.

In 1950 Princess Beatrix took an interest in the project and in July 1952 she was appointed Mayor of the City and Municipality of Madurodam. After our Princess became our Queen she resigned from her position as Mayor and today, the mayor of Madurodam is elected by a youth municipal council consisting of 25 pupils from schools in the region.

Today the city thrives and continues to expand. Our children love it, just as we loved it as children and spent endless hours there. My greatest pleasure in Madurodam these days is in watching other people’s children enjoy the city.

More Information

If you would like to learn more about the city and the facilities they offer to visitors then there web site link is here. The site is in Dutch, English, German, Spanish and French.

Madurodam can be reached by the HTM number 9 tram from Den Haag Centraal rail station seven days a week and by the number 8 tram also from Den Haag Centraal rail station five days a week. Tickets can be purchased from the tram driver or theHTM office in the station.

Madurodam has restaurant, cafe and conference facilities as well as a creche.

Guidebooks can be dowloaded from the web site in Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Chinese, Hebrew and Turkish.

Ticket Prices are:
Adults: € 14.50
Children 3 to 11 years: € 10.50
65+: € 13.50

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