In modern united Germany, there is not much left of the former communist republic of East Germany. However, just north of Berlin sits the rotting skeleton of one of the few original structures still left over from those times, Spreepark.
From 1969 - 1989 Spreepark, at the time known as Kulturpark Plänterwald, was the only year round amusement park in former East Germany. Today it sits vacant and completely abandoned. Just wait until you see the photos. They're pretty darned creepy.
Spreepark began its life as Kulturpark Plänterwald in 1969 East Germany.
The name Spreepark comes from the amusement park being located right along the Spree River is northern Berlin.
At the time it was the first amusement park of its kind in the whole of both East and West Germany.
From 1969 to 1989 the park provided year round entertainment to visitors from all over East Germany.
In 1989 the Berlin Wall came down, and East and West Germany were finally reunited after nearly 30 years.
After reunification the park was taken over by Berlin's municipal authorities and partially renovated.
Then in 1991 the park was auctioned off to private companies. The Spreepark Berlin GmbH company won the contract on the park.
Under the management of Spreepark GmbH, the park prospered throughout the 1990's.
By some accounts the park received 1.5 million visitors annually during those years.