If You Miss Summer: There’re Year-Round Indoor Tropics in Germany
This summer doesn’t seem hot enough for many Europeans. Some of us don’t have holidays in summer at all. But in Germany, it’s a different story. The inhabitants of this land don’t have to leave the country to get into genuine tropics. How? There are real tropical islands in Brandenburg, a federated state surrounding Berlin. Here you will find all the must-haves of tropical recreation: white sand, palms, parrots, warm blue water… But the most interesting thing about is that the islands are located in…an ex-hangar for dirigibles. And you can rent a room there!
This wonderful place is called “Das Tropical Islands Resort” and it’s the world’s biggest indoor water park. Handmade natural area was created in an ex-military building and now it’s a modern center for water sports and entertainment. Its total area is equal to eight football fields. The length of the building is 360 meters, and the width is 210 meters. That’s how it looks from the outside:
However, this primitive and dull exterior hides a very special interior with palms, lianas, swimming pools, straw huts, a hotel, and 13 bars and restaurants. The illusion of genuine tropics is supported quite fundamentally: besides small birds you may even meet a flamingo on your way.
The temperature inside the hangar is maintained at the level of 25 degrees Celsius above zero all year round, and the water temperature is higher by 3 degrees.
The territory of the park is divided into thematic zones. In the “Floral World” you’d find a real rainforest filled with palms, orchids and mangrove trees. The “Tropical Village” features nooks dedicated to Congo, Thailand, Malaysia, Bali and Amazonia; there you can taste their national cuisine and find out more about traditions of these regions. The swimming pools of the water park are dubbed the “South Sea” and the “Bali Lagoon”. Along with waterfalls, whirlpools, a sand beach with a volleyball field and Germany’s highest water slide they seem to be a real hot resort, despite the fact that this “seaside” is located in the heart of Europe.
In the evenings life is also going on…
And those, who are unwilling to live this European tropical water paradise may stay in the local hotel. But we must admit that it’s not so cheap. In december 6 bed-and-breakfast nights would cost you about 1,500 Euro for a double room, while in August you’ll get the same services for 2,000 Euro.
However, there’s good news too: you may rent a tent on a local beach: it’s warm, soft, cozy and with no mosquitoes!