Spreepark, Berlin, Germany

Spreepark is an abandoned amusement park in Berlin. Some of the rides are still there and the Ferris wheel still turns on it’s own!

Spreepark abandoned theme park, Germany
 

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History of Spreepark, Berlin

Spreepark is an abandoned amusement park in Berlin, Germany with an interesting history.

The park originally opened in 1969 as Kulturpark Plänterwald. Following the reunification of Berlin, a redesign and rebuild of the park was completed, and the contract to run the park was awarded to Spreepark Berlin GmbH. The references of the company director, Norbert Witte, where not checked.

Further attractions were added to the park and visitor numbers reached 1.5million per year. The concept of the park was gradually changed, and an entrance fee was introduced, replacing the old system of paying for each ride individually. The entrance fee was 29DM for adults and 27DM for children.

Further rides were added, but visitor numbers started to decline. By 2001 a lack of car parking spaces and an increased entry fee (30DM) caused visitor number to dwindle to 400,000 per year. The park had to cope with increasing debts.

In January 2002, shortly after announcing that Spreepark GmbH was insolvent, Norbert Witte, his family and closest co-workers moved to Lima in peru. They also shipped six attractions in 20 ship containers to Peru, telling the authorities they were being sent for repair. Norbert Witte attempted to open “Lunapark” in Lima, however in 2004 he was sentenced to 11 years in jail after being caught smuggling cocaine from Peru to Germany.

Spreepark has not opened for visitors since 2002. In August of that year the park was declared completely insolvent, with a debt of €11,000,000. Many of the remaining rides, including the huge Ferris wheel are still on site, now in a state of disrepair.

Our Visit
A stop-off on the “Pests in Vests” tour on a lovely sunny afternoon, this was a nice mooch. The highlight was the eerie noises from the Ferris wheel which still turns as the wind blows. Visited with Stussy, Darbians, Carl, Lowri and Proj3ct M4yh3m
Spreepark Theme Park - Dragon ship and swan ride

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Spreepark Theme Park – Dragon ship and swan ride

Spreepark Theme Park - Boat rides

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Spreepark Theme Park – Boat rides

Spreepark Theme Park - The swan

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Spreepark Theme Park – The swan

Spreepark Theme Park - Ferris wheel

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Spreepark Theme Park – Ferris wheel

Spreepark Theme Park - Big wheel and boat

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Spreepark Theme Park – Big wheel and boat

Spreepark Theme Park - The Ferris wheel still rotates when the wind blows it. Lack of maintenance and oil results in a freakishly eerie noise!

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Spreepark Theme Park – The Ferris wheel still rotates when the wind blows it. Lack of maintenance and oil results in a freakishly eerie noise!

Spreepark Theme Park - Big wheel

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Spreepark Theme Park – Big wheel

Spreepark Theme Park - Buildings

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Spreepark Theme Park – Buildings

Spreepark Theme Park - Wheel and Buildings

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Spreepark Theme Park – Wheel and Buildings

Spreepark Theme Park - Buildings

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Spreepark Theme Park – Buildings

Spreepark Theme Park - Track across water

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Spreepark Theme Park – Track across water

Spreepark Theme Park - Roller coaster through big cat mouth

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Spreepark Theme Park – Roller coaster through big cat mouth

Spreepark Theme Park - Front of roller coaster

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Spreepark Theme Park – Front of roller coaster

Spreepark Theme Park - On the roller coaster

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Spreepark Theme Park – On the roller coaster

Spreepark Theme Park - Roller coaster station

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Spreepark Theme Park – Roller coaster station

Spreepark Theme Park - Nature reclaiming the roller coaster track

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Spreepark Theme Park – Nature reclaiming the roller coaster track

Spreepark Theme Park - Roller coaster track

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Spreepark Theme Park – Roller coaster track

Spreepark Theme Park - Car ride

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Spreepark Theme Park – Car ride

Further Reading If you liked this report, check out Spreepark Berlin aka Kulturpark Plänterwald by Proj3ct M4yh3m too.

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