(Image by Mdkoch84, public domain)
There’s more to Spreepark in Berlin than the usual twisted metal wasteland of rusting rides and crumbling fun houses. In this overgrown amusement park, full sized dinosaurs emerge from foliage, some toppled, others still on all-fours.
Opened as Kulturpark Plänterwald in 1969 and renamed Spreepark in 1991, the abandoned fun zone’s bizarreness is matched only by the fortunes of its former owner, Norbert Witte. When the park was declared insolvent in 2001, Witte fled to Lima, Peru with debts of €11 million.
He managed to ship six rides but failed in an attempt to run a “Lunapark” in Lima. Things reached their strange zenith in 2004 when Witte was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for trying to smuggle £14 million of cocaine into Germany in the masts of the Flying Carpet ride. Spreepark, meanwhile, has been abandoned for the last eight years. Read the full story here.