I am going to start a new category, which will feature self-experienced tours to places of interesting architecture or construction-related environments. The first issue is about visiting an abandoned theme park, which was like visiting a whole new planet. It felt like being the only human being on that planet discovering traces of a former civilization from a long time ago. This is no place situated somewhere outside of nowhere - it is a place right in Berlin, namely Spreepark and it shows what happens to lost places and buildings, which were given back to nature.
The former theme park features a rich and spectacular history. It was back in the days the only theme park in the DDR with 1.5 million visitors, yearly. It was the main attraction for families and their kids. After the DDR was over, the park was sold to the private investor Norbert Witte. Berlin wasn’t informed that much about this guy, otherwise they would have known, that he already ran some attractions in Hamburg and one of them caused a bad accident with seven people dead and twenty ones injured. He wanted to start over again in Berlin by beginning a new successful life, but things got even worser. In the beginning everything was all good and the park flourished, but in 1997 the park went insolvent after the entrance prices needed to be increased and the lack of parking-spots couldn’t be solved. This ends in liabilities of 20 million DM (Deutsche Mark) for Norbert Witte. He decided then to flew over night with his whole family and shipped six attractions in twenty containers to Peru.
After living in exile, trying to start over again and realizing that nothing worked out and his family was nearly broke he devised a plan. He wanted to return and pay back his liabilities. Therefore he had the glorious idea to smuggle 180kg of cocaine in one of his attractions to Germany. Of course, he got caught by the police in Germany, whereas his son was arrested by authorities in Peru. Norbert Witte was sentenced to seven years in jail and his son got twenty years and is still sitting somewhere in Peru.
After that tradegy the park was never ever opened again. Further, no investors could be found willing to buy the land with all the liabilities. It is getting harder and harder to start something new there because of the spectacular take-over by nature. This place became a magical spot for discovering a wild flourishing vegetation. In the park plants are growing, which can only be found there - in whole Germany. Today, filmmakers from all over the world are shooting there and it is possible to book photo-tours to that inspiring place. I recommend to watch the movie Achterbahn for more information.
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