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#BucketList: Visit These Miniature Fairy Houses Popping Up Across Europe

Even mice need beautiful homes and cafés

Photo: Mikael Buck

We never thought the day would come when we’d wish we were mice. But it happened when we saw the creations of Anonymouse MMX.

To be sure, we could also be tiny humans to live in the magical tiny houses created by the Swedish street art collective. But, as their name suggests, it’s the little mice, particularly the city mice from Disney’s The Rescuers, that continually inspire Anonymouse MMX.

Since December 2016, the street artists have been making miniature “scenes” and placing them all over Europe, most of them in their homeland Sweden. These “scenes” range from restaurants and shops, to amusement parks and cosy abodes – all adorably mouse-sized.

One of their first tiny creations: a nut shop called Noix de Vie, in Möllan, Sweden (Photo: Anonymouse MMX / Instagram)
This amusement park in Malmö, Sweden, attracted visitors rather larger than they expected. (Photo: Anonymouse MMX / Instagram)

Their scenes notably use everyday, organic materials like cardboard, stone, wire, and wood. Every scene also feature the logo and hashtag #Anonymouse so that everyone can recognise their handiwork and follow them.

We’re struck by the intricate detail that Anonymouse MMX went into in their creations – look at those tiny posters on the amusement park, and the realistic interiors of what’s been called “the world’s smallest bookstore” below:

Frankie & Benjy’s Books, at Malmö, Sweden (Photo: Anonymouse MMX / Instagram)

Our favourite mouse-sized attractions from the collective are not in Sweden, but on the Isle of Man. A self-governing island on the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man is renowned for their rich and unique cultural heritage based on fairy tales and mythical folklore. Their fairies, known as the “little people,” go perfectly hand in hand with the Anonymouse style and love for all things miniature!

So just about three weeks ago, the Swedish group created lots of gorgeous fairy houses all around the island.

Photo: Mikael Buck

Inspired by the fairy mythologies of the island, Anonymouse MMX built a tiny fairy castle carved beautifully from wood, atop Bradda Head, a rugged cliffs. The lights go on when it gets dark! And according to visitors, there’s even a comfy miniature bed and miniature map of the island drawn inside the castle!

On their Instagram post, the artists write: “While we usually feel more comfortable around mice,  the mice feels more comfortable around fairies. So we set out to find one of the few places where they can still be found.”

You can also find more charming fairy houses and English cottages hidden away in the Isle of Man’s most magical woods. This one’s even carved into the tree!

Photo: Anonymouse MMX / Instagram
Photo: Mikael Buck

This tiny stilt house by the dramatic waterfall is just spectacular!

Photo: Mikael Buck

We’re ready to have a tiny adventure around Sweden and the Isle of Man, just to spot these enchanting tiny creations. Who knows, maybe we might stumble into a friendly little mouse or fairy!