Why Charlemagne’s Kingdom is One of the Most Fascinating Places

On your next trip to Sylvan Valley Lodge, be sure to include one of the most fascinating attractions in Georgia on your vacation itinerary. At Charlemagne’s Kingdom, an Alpine model railroad museum, you can experience a unique combination of incredible imagination,  exquisite craftsmanship, and a love for German art and architecture. Learn about what makes this Helen, Georgia, museum so special below!

Charlemagne’s Kingdom in Helen, GA, is just one of many intriguing sites in the area. To learn more about nearby museums, galleries, historic sites, shopping, restaurants, and more, download our free Vacation Guide. We’ve included our top recommendations on all the best activities and attractions in the area. The perfect North Georgia vacation awaits!

What You’ll Find at Charlemagne’s Kingdom


Charlemagne’s Kingdom was first founded by a German native who moved to America with a love for his home country and a desire to share it. Founder Willi Lindhorst came to America in 1963 and turned his love of model trains and miniatures into a special exhibit. Charlemagne’s Kingdom is the only one of its kind in the United States!

A Product of Research and Design

When you visit Charlemagne’s Kingdom, you’ll see much more than an ordinary trail set. The 20-by-50 inch model railroad is the product of thousands of hours of research and meticulous design. The model is a perfect scale replica of the topography of modern Germany from the North Sea to the Alps. The design also includes the famous Autobahn, authentic German architecture, and small life-like models of people. The train system, which runs automatically by computer, covers over 2,400 square feet of the exhibit hall. 

Operating Hours, Directions, & Price

Charlemagne’s Kingdom is very easy to find. When you arrive in Helen, GA, the exhibit is located on North Main Street. You can view a map and directions here. The museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Charlemagne’s Kingdom can be explored during a guided tour as well, including discounted rates for groups. Contact the company by email for more information about the tour time and cost.

More Unique Ways to Explore the Area

If you’re looking for more unique attractions in the area, you may be interested in the Folk Pottery Museum and the Sautee Nacoochee Center. These are two more wonderful places to dive into history and learn something new about the area! 

Stay at the Sylvan Valley Lodge for Access to the Best Attractions in Georgia

Charlemagne’s Kingdom is just one of the many fabulous attractions in the area. Whether you’re exploring Helen or the rest of North Georgia Wine Country, there are so many interesting things to see and do. Whatever adventures your day brings, you’ll want to head back to a comfortable and relaxing locale. That’s why you should book a stay with us at the Sylvan Valley Lodge. You’ll be greeted with cozy accommodations featuring comfortable bedding, lovely views, luxurious amenities, and abundant rustic charm. You’ll fall in love with our B&B and everything it has to offer! Our charming lodge provides the perfect home base for all your North Georgia adventures.

Check availability of all our wonderful accommodations now, and book your stay today. We look forward to hosting you!