The old charm of Soviet amusement – Spreepark Berlin / Germany

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Back in the late 60s, Spreepark, East Germany’s only permanent amusement park, opened its doors – an exciting site of Soviet amusement and attraction.

Originally sporting a ferris wheel and some fiberglass dinosaurs, it might have been a lackluster affair by Disneyland standards, but when a rollercoaster, two game water courses, a stage, a Western town and an English village and gardens were added after the fall of the wall in 1989, it attracted close to two million visitors a year.

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photo credit Mirjam Groen / creative commons

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photo credit Julian Turner / creative commons

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photo credit Chris Grabert / creative commons

Spreepark_roller

photo credit Chris Grabert / creative commons

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photo credit Chris Grabert / creative commons

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photo credit Chris Grabert / creative commons

Time flew by and in 2002 the park’s owner relocated to Peru, where he tried (and failed) to reestablish Spreepark in… Lima. Yes that’s right.
Returning home (seemingly empty-handed), he was arrested for smuggling 180 kg of cocaine with a value of £14 million from Peru to Germany in the masts of his old amusements, and while he languished in prison Spreepark fell into a European dschungel kinda style as trees overtook the rides and the fibreglass dinosaurs.

The Ferris wheel still stands, but has not operated since the park’s closure, likewise, the remains of other attractions can still be found on-site.

If you can scale the fence, admission is free but if you prefer to visit the park in tourist style, you’ll discover that guided tours have been offered to the public at restricted times.

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