Graveyard of Fun – Spreepark Berlin

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Where fun goes to die...

Even fun has a shelf life – this is what runs through my mind as I walk around Spreepark, the abandoned, dilapidated amusement park in Berlin. I can’t help but get visions of the many cemeteries I have visited in the past – the former amusement park is like a graveyard of fun.

I walk around this graveyard looking at each park ride as a tombstone wondering what its life was once like. A fallen dinosaur lays on the ground in rigamortis with one arm broken off and graffiti tags in it’s mouth – it has a glazed over look of death. Tall grasses have engulfed and camouflaged the roller coaster tracks and the colorful tunnel looks like a mirage against the brown landscape of weeds. A once colorful, now faded mini car has driven off a track and sits among trees as if it’s lost. Then you are startled by the sudden high-pitched noise of creaking and I turn to see the huge Ferris wheel moving. I rub my eyes and wonder if I’m seeing a ghost.

Our Spreepark tour guide explains that the Ferris wheel moves when the wind blows strong enough. He also explains the story of this unusual amusement park in old Eastern Germany – and boy is it a story. Actually the whole tour is in German only, but you can get the sorted story of how the family who owned the park in East Germany tried to keep it going when the wall fell in various articles around the internet. I knew the tour was in German, but I was there not to listen, but to take photos.

Even though Spreepark is dead (RIP), it is now a present day photographic amusement park. The park is closely guarded and trespassing is typical but also dangerous, so an enthusiastic, enterprising young man has started running tours on the weekend through the park providing you access to the park to shoot away to your heart’s content. In addition, if you understand German, you will learn the story of the park and it’s fall from glory into bankruptcy. Finally, you’ll also hear the very sad story of how the family tried to do a ‘take two’ in Peru and open an amusement park but instead ended up in a drug smuggling ring which resulted in one son still rotting away in prison in Peru.

This park has drama.

And it also has great photography opportunities.

roller coaster tunnel

A bit of color in a drab environment

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Swans with nowhere to 'swim'

teacup ride

Teacups that still spin

 

broken ferris wheel

The Ferris wheel has seen better days

 

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A car going nowhere

dust dirt

The control panel for the old log ride full of dirt

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A burned concession stand

traffic jam

A little traffic jam...for eternity!

log ride

The abandoned log ride collecting leaves

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Ticket line and control booth

roller coaster weeds

The tracks camouflaged by grasses

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A sinking swan...

View all of my Spreepark Photography

More information:

Tour information (only in German) – www.berliner-spreepark.de/ – Tours are given mainly on the weekends. if you want to go on a tour, contact them as he does know a little English and you can at least book yourself into a tour and get access for photography even if you don’t understand the stories.
Facebook Page
Twitter Account – http://www.twitter.com/spreepark
The story of  The Downfall of a Funfair Family

Disclosure: Thanks to Oh Berlin apartment rental and Go with Oh for hosting me on this great tour.  However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own – as you know how I love to speak my mind!

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10 Comments so far

  1. Miruna says:

    Amazing post and such expressive photos! A beautiful sadness, actually. Looking forward for your next posts!

  2. JoAnna says:

    I love things like this! There’s a place in Las Vegas called the Neon Boneyard Museum where all the old neon signs go when they’re discarded. This looks similar to that.

  3. Amanda says:

    Oooo, amusement park “graveyards” are always SO cool!

  4. parts of the film “Hanna” were shot here…pretty scary.

  5. Miruna says:

    Oh, I remember the movie, I guess this is the place with the circus.Nice!

  6. Mark H says:

    What a great find. I love the dead dinosaur lying lifelessly across the lawn.

  7. lara dunston says:

    Oh that’s so sad – especially the sinking swan and the tracks leading to nowhere. I have this morbid fascination with abandoned places, as heartbreaking as they can be.

  8. Reid says:

    This place looks awesomely creepy. Great pictures you really captured the mood of the place.

  9. I missed this spot when I was in Berlin! Thanks for the amazing reminder for when I go back!

  10. This was the amusement park my best friend and I went to as soon as I had gotten my drivers license (at 18). We were so excited for our first trip to an amusement park all by ourselves, and we had a great day there (even though we spent more time in the car going there and back than we actually spent in the park). I had no idea it had closed down – so sad.


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