Abandoned Berlin : Spreepark

Monday, September 22, 2014 Sarah Unes 0 Comments

Photo from : www.abandonedberlin.com/2010/04/spreepark-and-how-to-get-in.html
A while back, myself and a friend made a last minute trip to Berlin; it was somewhere we'd always wanted to visit and both had alot of time on our hands and thought why not?

I'm not normally one for spontaneous trips - I like a planned itinerary but once getting there I am more make-it-up-as-you-go-along. We actually found this super cheap trip on Groupon of all things - so were able to stay in Berlin for 5 days , flights inclusive and super last minute all under £150. A downside with Groupon I did not know of-- you can't pick exact departure dates but we were lucky enough that we could, but this is something I'd definitely note next time. I wont bore you with anymore terms and conditions!

As the trip was so last minute - we didn't really have time to research things to do etc, while waiting for out flight I came across this amazing anonymous site Abandoned Berlin. The sarcastic narrative  threw me a little at first, then it was really entertaining and made me wish I was as brave as the writer.  Abandoned Berlin sees the anonymous writer explore abandoned  buildings and spaces- and considering Berlin's extensive history every space has a story. While some spaces are a little restricted, prohibited or just a little "broken" the site serves as a guide , helping you to eventually find yourself in these wonderful abandoned spaces. From theme parks, bakeries,hospitals, anatomy institutions to factory's and gas stations, this site has something for anyone feeling a little brave or looking for something to do a little off the beaten track.

"Every crumbling building, creaking floorboard, fluttering curtain and flaking piece of paint has a tale begging to be told. Abandoned Berlin is an attempt to document the past, uncover hidden history and preserve the memory of neglected glories – as they are now.The buildings may be falling down, vandalized and abused, but they maintain stoic dignity through the dust and decay. They want visitors! They want to share their memories!"- Abandoned Berlin

 Upon spending all my spare time in Berlin on this site- one place that was both feesable and intriguing really stuck out to me. Spreepark. This was somewhere I'd want to visit, it looked amazing in there,who wouldn't? There was something about the untouched nature of all of the whole park that just pulled me to it. While Spreepark was hugely popular in its peak, but  began to decline after the fall of the Berlin wall. In 2001 the park closed, the park owner, bankrupt allegedly tried to smuggle some attractions to Peru with his family. Soon after he was jailed after attempting to smuggle cocaine back to Germany in the Magic Carpet rides according to Abandoned Berlin.  As well as this, one of my favourite movies ; Hanna was shot in Spreepark. This was somewhere I had to see.
Photo from : www.abandonedberlin.com/2010/04/spreepark-and-how-to-get-in.html
Photo from : www.abandonedberlin.com/2010/04/spreepark-and-how-to-get-in.html 
Photo from : www.abandonedberlin.com/2010/04/spreepark-and-how-to-get-in.html
Photo from : www.abandonedberlin.com/2010/04/spreepark-and-how-to-get-in.html
Photo from : www.abandonedberlin.com/2010/04/spreepark-and-how-to-get-in.html


After getting the bus down to an area we really were not familar with- and alot less wandering than anticipated, we approached Spreepark, an eerie ferris wheel breathing over the parks plantation greeted us and the excitement set in.  Of-course, the park was gated and new owners had set up warning signs - that the premesis was under 24 hour surveillance. Suffice to say, there were lots of ways to get around said fence, you could tell a lot of people had previously sneaked in to this place. Lifted fences, chairs and tiny dug up entries were hidden around the edges of the park, easy to spot if you're looking for them. We settled for the lifted fence, panicking when two unsuspecting security guards passed us for a lunch break for the second time over.  This is not one for the faint hearted!






After mustering the courage to sneak in, and slide under the fence ( a really bad day to wear anything white)  we explored Spreepark and all its glory in great depth, but with much care after reading stories of sniffer dogs and angry German guards. Though I am afraid my iPhone photos do not do as much justice as those on Abandoned Berlin ! Truly one of the most eerie, creepy places I have ever stepped foot in, I loved every adrenaline filled moment and would really recommend seeing the place in person.


Spreepark has been bought by new owners as recently as this year, although the space is contracted to stay an amusement park for another 60 years! I'd love to go back to Berlin and explore more hidden treasures, and has now become another aspect of any getaway I happen to go on. Have you ever come across any abandoned places while away?









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