As many people know, there are a great variety of Helen GA attractions from which to choose. Some visit for the nearby state parks and whitewater rafting. Others come to enjoy the look of the Alpine village of Helen and then partake in a little hiking. All of these things can be found near Helen GA, so it's no surprise that visitors rave about the area. What might come as a surprise, however, is one of the best kept secrets of things to do in Helen GA: that would be to visit a fantastic and beautifully constructed model railway.
Located in the Alpine Model Railroad Museum in Helen, GA, Charlemagne's Kingdom is the only one of its kind in the United States. Meticulously created by Willi and Judi Lindhorst, the train set depicts modern German architecture while paying tribute to Charlemagne's rule in the 700's. This beautiful model train station is their love letter to Willi's homeland and its people, along with its culture and customs. In fact, Willi can trace his lineage directly back to Charlemagne, so it makes sense that he would want to honor his ancestors in some way.
Once you witness this train station for yourself, you'll realize that Thomas the Tank Engine pales in comparison. Thomas wishes he could putter around such a gorgeous layout. If he could, he'd be able to witness some of its amazing features.
The first thing he'd probably notice is the overall size:
- Total exhibit is 50 feet in area.
- In all, there are 400 feet of railroad tracks, with computerized trains.
- The mountains are 22 feet high.
- Lighted cities, towns, and villages
- Motorized carnival rides
- Three ring circus tents
- Famous German Autobahn with moving cars and trucks
- Thousands of figurines, all hand painted
- Moving hot air balloons
- Street lights
- Traffic lights
While wonderful views, state parks, hiking trails, and whitewater rafting opportunities might be the bread and butter of Helen GA, once you see Charlemagne's Kingdom, there is no doubt that you will add this to your list of fantastic sights to see during your next North GA cabin rentalsvacation.