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Report - Spreepark, Berlin, Germany - October 2011

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    Spreepark was an entertainment park in the north of the Plänterwald in the Berlin district Treptow-Köpenick (formerly part of the GDR-controlled East Berlin). It was also well known by its earlier name Kulturpark Plänterwald. The recent history of the park is surrounded in stories of the owners fleeing to Peru with 6 rides, failing at opening a park there, and getting caught on the way back trying to smuggle a mountain of cocaine back with them. More extended history can be found here.

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    This was an odd one. Reports have been appearing from here for years, as it closed 10 years ago now. But when we rocked up to see the front gates wide open, and people freely walking in and out, I was confused.

    Wandering forward to take a look, it seems whoever owns/runs the park now opens the front up at weekends for locals and tourists to come and buy a burger and look at a plastic dinosaur. Visitors can then pay €2 to take the old train ride around the outside of the park. Past the burger stalls and drinks tents there's red tape sectioning off the rest of the park, with security keeping an eye out beyond that to catch any rogue sight-seers.

    Still not really sure what was going on we ran up the train line away from the tourist train, flew over some red tape and pottered our way towards the ferris wheel. From there on we seemed to have the run of the place, so weaved between the different attractions sporadically running into others who had taken on the red tape, and won.

    Cue the next couple of hours hiding from the tourist train which liked to appear at really inopportune times, catching us off guard so had to instantly hit the deck and hope we weren't seen by the camera-totting families, and failing.

    A short while on, whilst mid-exposure of the Wildwasserbahn (log flume) german voices could be heard. Peering around the corner I see a group of people, being led by a tour guide... This we weren't expecting, and we looked to see that one side of us was the merky water still sitting in the tracks of the ride, the other, them. We waited for them to walk into the ride house so we could cut back around and go the other way, but didn't account for the tour guide to stay outside, quite shocked to see us jump out of the shadows. After we flapped to him that we couldn't speak German, a mass of part-german, part-english, part-red cabbage came out of his mouth. The only words that were decipherable being "private property," "police," "leave now, it's ok." We offer our thanks in german and wander off, taking in a couple more areas before having to walk through some form of pikey camp back to the front gates.

    Opening up a Berliner beer next to the front gate, we shared one of those silent "did this just happen" moments, and wandered off into the German sunset.

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