SPREEPARK: BERLIN’S ABANDONED AMUSEMENT PARK

While studying photography in 2013, one of the units we were required to finish was architectural photography. Luckily for us, this involved a trip to Berlin: one of the most architecturally beautiful cities in the world. While a lot of time was spent photographing the buildings of the city, one morning we woke up bright and early and headed to Spreepark – an amusement park that closed in 2002 which lies as a sort of ghost town.

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Getting into the park is a bit of an operation. You’re not really supposed to be in there, so there’s a fence up around the entire circumference. At the time we were there, there was a rather handy hole in the fence away around the back of the park.

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The first thing that really hits you is how peculiar everything feels. Everything is bright, colourful and fun, yet nature and graffiti are both overpowering everything that has been man-made in the park. Large, life-sized dinosaurs sit decapitated. Rollercoasters travel through gaping mouths that lead into dark, rusty tunnels. There’s an eerie silence to the park as well, sometime punctuated by the squeaking of the ferris wheel in the centre. I did have a notion to jump in it and let it swing round to get me to the top, but that would have 100% been the time that it fell apart, so luckily I didn’t.

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I recommend trying to jump into the Spreepark before it gets torn down or completely wrecked by people visiting it. When we were there, a small area of the park was being worked on being taken apart, so it’s only a matter of time before it’s gone. Just try to get in there early and travel light so you can make a run for it if you get caught.

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