Germany may be having one of their coldest few months in a long time and above average snowfall, but that doesn’t stop residents and tourists from enjoying the warm and sunny weather of the Tropical Islands. You’re probably scratching your head thinking “when did Germany become a tropical zone”, but there is indeed a spot where you can enjoy 78°F temperatures every day of the year, and it is located inside the largest free-standing hanger in the world. Tropical Islands in Brandenburg, Germany, is a sight to see with its sandy beaches and the worlds largest indoor rainforest.
After repurposing the WWII Brand-Briesen Airfield in 2004, Tropical Islands has been working to become Europe’s largest tropical destination. Visitors can come for the day or stay overnight in a variety of themed accommodations such as a full camping site or appropriate themed lodges. The idea is to make visitors feel like they are immersed in a one of a kind combination of the popular tropical destinations of Asia and the Pacific, Africa and South America without the long and pricy plane ride.
If you want to do more than just relax by the beach, there are a variety of entertainment options with live shows and miniature golf courses, a jungle lift, tours through the rainforest, and Germany’s highest water slide. Over the years there has been some expansion outside of the dome with additional campsites and overnight accommodations for the warming months.
Tropical Islands has tried to make itself into an entire vacation destination and can accommodate up to 6,000 visitors at a time. There is still work to be done on getting the word out there that Germany has a tropical spot for visitors to enjoy, and it is really images of the inside that sells it. From the outside, Tropical Islands may look like your ordinary hanger and airfield, but one quick look at the inside and you will feel like you have arrived at a tropical paradise.
Sources: Tropical Islands
Photos by Tropical Islands Resort via Wikipedia