First, credit to ‘Irish Beliner’ who wrote a comprehensive guide and background story of Spreepark in Berlin (http://www.abandonedberlin.com/2010/04/spreepark-and-how-to-get-in.html). On his note ‘Do NOT go alone’ and I just broke his first rule.
Anyway is an interesting experience and some photos to share.
I first heard about this place from talking to my new friends who’s been working in Berlin, which is very close to the Soviet War Memorial (Treptower Park). From ‘Irish Beliner’: “The spirits of dead clowns had been mocking me long enough. Since April they had been goading me, taunting me, deriding me for not venturing in. So yesterday I finally confronted them, stared down my fears and faced down the evil clowns..”.
Background story cited from his website:
Spreepark was host to some 1.7 million visitors a year at its peak. Since the wall fell in 1989 however, its decline began. Only 400,000 visitors graced the park with their presence in 2001 before it was finally closed, escalating prices, stupid decisions and dodgy dealings contributing to its demise. Debts of €11 million were reported.
One of the head honchos responsible for the thing, Norbert Witte, legged it to Peru in 2002, along with his family and six of the park’s attractions which, the authorities naïvely believed, were to be repaired there. The fools. Witte tried to open a funpark in Lima but failed, and in 2004 was jailed for seven years for attempting to smuggle €21 million worth of cocaine in the masts of the “Flying Carpet” ride back to Germany. There must be Irish blood in that family. Witte’s son was also jailed for drug smuggling (20 years) in 2006.
Spreepark is now just left to rot among the trees and foliage of Plänterwald, its roller-coasters rusty and neglected, buildings boarded up, and fun-rides left for just the birds and rats to enjoy. It’s fenced off from unwanted guests and big angry signs proclaim “Betreten verboten!” every 100 metres or so.
The pond was filled with duckweed, and some ducks too.
There was a train track across the pond. I spotted the security guard (and dogs) the other way, so I figured the best way for me to explore further is to walk along the track to cross the pond.
This place reminds me of the stage ‘Theme Park’ from Left4Dead2, where survivors have to fight through swarm of zombies by walking along the roller coaster track.
After reading his website, there’s a number of people got caught for trespassing. Apparently I am not alone after all, the descendant of the first owner is actually running paid tour to visit a ‘run down’ theme park and not completely abandoned. It’s sad to know the story about this place and the political scandal behind. It’s still a place worth venturing in if you like some stealthy adventure.
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