Fire Destroys Abandoned Berlin Spreepark Amusement Park

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Spreepark

Berlin’s abandoned Spreepark, which originally opened as Kulturpark during the late 1960’s when the area was still part of East Berlin, finally met its fate on Sunday when a suspected arson attack reduced most of the remaining structures to a pile of ash.

Over 100 firemen were called in to control two major fires that broke out, eventually needing extra backup from area police.

Due to a lack of proper fire hydrants, boats were called in to the nearby Spree river so that fire crews could get enough water to put out the blaze.

Spreepark had become a bit of a cult favorite for travelers after it was abandoned in 2002, which eventually led to tours being setup for visitors to get a close look at the old amusement park. Earlier this year the city of Berlin had bought the land though, putting and end to the popular tours.

No one was hurt in the fires, but the massive scale of the fires has surely taken much of the charm away from the park.

 

Sources: The Local
Photo: Chris Grabert [Flickr]

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
Stephen Fuchs on EmailStephen Fuchs on LinkedinStephen Fuchs on Twitter