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Another three decades at this place were based Soviet bombers. with nuclear bombs on board, ready at any moment to fly west and turn part of Europe into scorched lands. Now the former military Brand airfield is a place of pilgrimage for tourists from around the world, After all, it is here that there is a unique tropical world created inside a huge hangar for airships - one of the largest structures, built by man on the size of the internal volume. Giant hangar strikes the imagination by itself with its size, but when you get inside, the admiration of what he saw just rolls over. In the hangar is created unique tropical world with forests, pools, towns and flying under the dome dome balloons. Tropical Islands can safely put on the list of the most amazing wonders of Germany, and a few more Tens of years ago, a similar building would look organically fantastic movies.
Brandenburg forests hide many secrets and objects of the Cold of war. One of the largest woodlands in Europe has become ideal a place to build military facilities in the midst of the Cold War. If a climb the tower of the former GSVG-shny military hospital in Teipitz and look at the surrounding landscape, attention will attract a huge a structure towering in the endless forest. In times of cold the war there was located a military airfield Brand, which was based Soviet fighter bombers.
The huge structure rises 107 meters above the endless forest and looks like an alien ship or the secret military object of the Cold of war. Who would have thought that this is not entirely normal, but all same amusement park.
Giant hangar is no less impressive close. This is the biggest self-supporting structure in the world, its dimensions are 360 x 210 x 107 meters, The internal volume of the hangar is 5.5 million cubic meters.
Initially, when in the former hangar for airships landed a tropical the forest, the plants took root poorly, because they did not receive enough light. AT 2005, the coating on the center half of the dome was replaced on a special transparent foil, which is clearly visible on this snapshot.
View of the hangar from the side. On both sides are giant gates for release airships out, consisting of two wings. Gate weight is 600 tons, for their full disclosure took 20 minutes.
The hangar was created for the parallel production of two airships CL-160, just such a marking was received by the model planned for construction. cargo airship, carrying capacity of 160 tons. Unfortunately none the airship of this project was never built due to the rise in price project and lack of funding. In 2002, Cargolifter AG was recognized in bankruptcy and in 2003 the hangar, the cost of construction of which was 78 million euros, was bought by the Malaysian concern for 17.5 million euros of which 10 million was financed by land Brandenburg. After that, it created a tropical amusement park, opened December 19, 2004.
This is the main entrance to the artificial paradise under the dome.
"Tropical Islands" have many options for spending the night as inside the dome and outside. When ordering the night under the dome, The cost includes the ability to visit all the locations of the object on for two days. You can spend the night both in stationary tents and in standard and non-standard hotel rooms. We ordered a room that was listed as designer.
It cost the whole offer including a room and two days of tropical entertainment for two at 225 euros despite the fact that we ordered from Sunday on Monday. Given that the daily ticket costs 50 people euro, the opportunity to spend the night here and spend a relaxed two days cost us quite inexpensive. From Saturday to Sunday, by the way, there were no empty seats either in the rooms or in the tents. If you are planning come here for a weekend overnight, book your lodging for a few months - the demand is very big and get a room or a tent from Friday on Saturday or from Saturday to Sunday in a short time impossible.
We have not even taken advantage of all this good, since the room for spent two days here, we came only once at 4 am to get some sleep Next time you can safely book a place in a tent and to save money.
The view from the window of a designer room can hardly be called picturesque.
We leave the room and begin our walk through the amazing world created inside the largest hangar in the world.
The height of the hangar and its volume allow you to fly in balloons. This pleasure is available for a fee.
Under the dome planted the world's largest artificial rain forest.
There is also a small town with a shopping street and a number of shops on it.
Buildings resemble scenery for fabulous films.
Shopping street town.
Hall with slot machines for children.
A constant temperature of 26 ° C and humidity is maintained inside the hangar. about 60%. At night, the temperature drops slightly and becomes cooler.
The first years the company faced financial problems, as Attendance of the object was lower than estimated. In the first year expected 2.5 million visitors, but their number did not even reach one million despite the fact that the self-sufficiency of the object began with 1.25 million visitors per year. The first year of operation brought the owner a loss of more 10 million euros, the following years were also unprofitable and only 2009 "Tropical Islands" for the first time brought a profit.
Copies of famous religious buildings of the South Asian region were erected under the dome.
In the photo food court with various restaurants. All payment inside the hangar produced by the chip, which is worn on the hand, like a wrist clock. Then the output from the chip is read information about purchases and the visitor pays the bill. Very comfortable, so as not to carry purse. The same chip serves as keys that open the door to the hotel room.
Another village, this time stylized as an African settlement.
It is pleasant and interesting to walk in the labyrinths of such streets.
Immediately after the African village begins the territory of tents, which can also be rented for the night.
And the dome instead of the sky.
And balloons fly under the dome.
The shady streets of the village are charming.
There is also a mini-golf course, where you can play for an extra 5 euros.
One of the popular entertainment under the dome are slides. There are three of them: one extreme for fast and adrenaline flight, the second for pleasant and unhurried descent, and the third for descent on rubber circles.
In addition to the attractions under the dome, there is also the outer part of the park with several pools, a slide and a meandering river with a rapid flow.
The outdoor area is especially pleasant during the cold season. When it is cold outside, and you are sitting in warm water - this is bliss.
The largest pool under the dome is called the South Sea and has a length 140 and a depth of 1.35 meters. The pool area is 4400 square meters
A 200-meter sandy beach adjoins the pool.
If it were not for the texture on the place where the blue sky should have been, it is quite possible to imagine that you are in a tropical resort.
The effect of immersion in the atmosphere of a tropical island adds a canvas with clouds.
Six-sotton gates of the hangar, inside view.
The mechanism of opening gate leaves.
One of the brightest locations inside the dome is the rainforest. In the forest there is even a small lake with real flamingos.
Impressive location and equally impressive flamingos.
A piece of Cambodia in the artificial tropics.
About 50,000 plants of more than six hundred species have been planted in the rainforest.
Some kind of technical room, styled as a Papuan hut.
A path snakes through the rainforest, walking along which - sheer pleasure for the eyes and soul. The pleasure is enhanced by factor that is uncrowded. The perfect place to take a break from noisy crowds
Holiday botany :)
So that in the forest it would not be boring to walk, in various places arranged stylish information boards from which you can gather information as about the hangar itself, and about its individual locations.