Spreepark Berlin: Kiehnwerder Boulevard 1-3 · 12437 Berlin
Have you ever seen the film ‘Hanna’? Well, then you might know that Berlin has an old abandoned theme park that nature’s been slowly reclaiming. If you’re into eerie days out, then a tour around the place might be right up your street. You can find out more on the Spreepark website here. Otherwise, let me get you going with a bit more info about the place.
It originally started life under the East German regime and was a big hit. The wall fell, and it later got took over by a fella called Norbert Witte who revamped the place, and to cut a really long story short, turned out to be a drug smuggler and was sending cocaine back and forth inside of ride equipment. Now, that is a creative solution.
Eventually the park got closed down and nature took its cause, as it always does. It’s since also been featured in the film ‘Hanna’, and survived an arson attack.
Guess what? It’s time for a Spreepark revival! In collaboration with Berlin citizens, it’s being developed into a public and sustainable park for all people. Art meets Culture meets Nature. Some of the really unsafe rides have been removed, whilst others are being revamped. Its iconic Ferris wheel will be getting an artistic makeover. We’ll see areas become arts and culture venues, and yes, you’ve chuffin guessed it… a German beer garden will prevail!
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