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Location[ edit ] Tropical Islands is located approximately 60 kilometres south of the centre of Berlin and 50 kilometres from the southern boundary of the city. The theme park is on the site of the former Soviet airfield Brand, in the Aerium hangar.
Access[ edit ] It can be reached by taking the A13 autobahn. It can also be reached by train and the closest railway station is Brand Tropical Islands. The Red Army overran the Tropical islands in Mayand occupied the site after World War IIadding a second runway and nuclear-resistant command and control facilities for the fighter aircraft regiment.
Returned to the Federal Government of Germany inCargolifter AG bought the former military airfield to construct airships. The hangar was commissioned as an airship hangar named Aerium in Novemberbut the airship it was intended to house — the CL — was never built. CargoLifter went bankrupt in mid The hangar — the third largest free-standing hall in the world — was originally designed to protect large airships from the elements.
The building permit for constructing the theme park inside the hall was granted on 2 February and Tropical Islands officially opened on 19 December Tropical Islands is home to the biggest indoor rainforest in the world, a beach, many tropical plants and a number of swimming pools, bars and restaurants.
It is open around the clock, every day of the year — except on Christmas Eve . On entering the hall, visitors choose between different basic admission options with different prices. Tropical Islands is divided into two main areas, each with its own admission price. Visitors can move from one area to the other by paying an additional daily charge.
Additional charges also apply for areas such as the water slide tower, crazy golf course, African Jungle Lift, evening show and internal accommodation area. The entertainment programme comprises a gala evening show, smaller shows during the day and various events.
The Rainforest, with around 50, plants and different species, including some rare plants. The Amazonia, an outdoor area of over In mid, a sauna and spa facility with six separate areas was added, the largest tropical sauna complex in Europe.
The bathing area includes a metre high water slide tower with four slides, a children's play area and a crazy golf course. According to figures published by the company, Tropical Islands has spent EUR 23 million on further development and expansion work.
The original total investment sum announced was EUR 75 million, including a EUR 17 million subsidy from the federal state of Brandenburg. The purpose of the subsidy for the development work was to preserve the jobs.
Ina campsite was added close to the Tropical Islands hall. Problems[ edit ] At first, visitor numbers remained behind original estimates.
For a cost-effective operation, 1. Inthe resort lost between 10 and 20 million euros. By October there were aboutvisitors.
The initial lack of visitors has been attributed to various reasons, including the relatively remote location of Tropical Islands. In addition, in Berlin, South Brandenburg, the direct surrounding area of the resort, the disposable income is below the national average.
The target demographic of the resort was extended to attract visitors from further away, including Poland. By altering the ticket price structure and adding new overnight accommodation, visitors attendance has been improved.
According to the then managing director Ole Bested Hensing, was the first time Tropical Islands Resort made a profit. It recordedovernight stays. This 20, square metre "window" allows daylight.
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