Massive airship hangar now water park


26 Responses to “Massive airship hangar now water park”

  1. Gilbert Wham says:

    I want a waterpark in a Zeppelin. And so do you.

  2. tlcoles says:

    Was there in early winter last year with my partner. It’s as amazing as described, especially if you go mid-week and avoid the weekend rush of families. Huge. Green. Warm. Spacious enough for an overnight tent area, indoor restaurants, swimming, you name it. In keeping with Germany’s Frei Körper Kultur (FKK), the very large multi-sauna area is clothing-free within the saunas (like it should be) and wholly separate from the rest of the park (although also for families). We *loved* the whole place.

    It’s no nature reserve (not with the evening’s performance; which we avoided by staying in the sauna region), but absolutely a gem.

  3. bfarn says:

    Oh wow! That place is in the (hilarious, amazing) Diechkind video for Ich Betäube Mich! I always wondered where the hell they found that place, and now I know! Thanks, BoingBoing, for filling another little hole in my life.

  4. dnafrequency says:

    I wanna trip acid in that place

  5. Rayfool says:

    Do European water parks still have the terrifying “wild water” rides? 15 years ago I remember stepping into one of these rides where the water was about 3 feet deep and then getting sucked through a raging river in a simulated drowing exercise. There were no rafts (that I remember anyway). The best part was watching the under water port window where you saw people desperately claw their way to surface at the bottom of a rapid. Ahh, the joys of limited tort liability. I was warned that there were several deaths that year in Belgium on just those types of rides.

  6. imag says:

    My favorite story I read about the park was that they needed to actually bring over tropical trainers to teach the east German workers how to smile.

    Obligatory cultural disclaimer: I love the parts of former East Germany that I have been to and the Germans I know – that’s why I love the story.

  7. tront says:

    this place is fucked up and expensive and weird and they do this strange cirque du soleil performance in there but way trashier and there’s mold all over the place because it’s really humid and smells like salt. also it’s totally BYOB which would have made things a lot cheaper!!! definitely worth the journey.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been there. Most of the water rides are, sadly, not particularly terrifying. Except for the day I was there, when they were overloaded with daytripping Polish teenagers! Who were drunk!

    An excellent value for your money; one factor to consider is that they really only charge you to ENTER, not per day, and they seem to smile benignly upon cheap bastards like me who chose to sleep on the beach instead of in one of their rented tents. Bring earplugs, though.

  9. lecti says:

    I think it’s cool and all, but knowing that it was intended for now defunct airship cargo business makes me sad.

  10. knoxblox says:

    Bestest example of recycling I think I’ve ever seen.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Wow. I thought water parks like this existed only in anime.

  12. Mark Crummett says:

    Why, why, WHY can’t airships catch on? So sad. Still, this is pretty cool.

    • Anonymous says:

      Unfortunately, it’s because because while airships are unquestionably cool, they’re also practically useless – susceptible to strong winds, limited payload, etc.

  13. soongtype says:

    Why wouldn’t they include more photos? I want to see more of the indoor rainforest.

  14. akbar56 says:

    Can we get a smaller one made at Hangar One Moffettt Field?

  15. Anonymous says:

    A friend of mine used to work there. It’s a nice idea and impressive in a way but when I was there it was more of a “meh” experience.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I remember playing a level in the German-made game Emergency 3 where a waterpark that looked like this one collapsed, and you had to save the people inside.

    Here’s the intro to the mission:

  17. Anonymous says:

    This place was used to film the music video for Deichkind’s “Ich Betäube Mich.” I had always wondered what this place was, now I know!

  18. igpajo says:

    Found a video “tour” on YouTube.

    Mute the sound if you’re not an Abba fan.

  19. Anonymous says:

    @akbar56 Hangar 1 at Moffet Field is so toxic (Lead, PCBs and who knows what else) from its use by the Navy that the cost of clean up makes any future use very problematic. NASA/SETI were hoping to turn it into an immersive space exhibit.

  20. YarbroughFair says:

    Don’t go to Google images.

    Go to Google maps.

    1, Enter Tropical Island Resort in the search bar.

    2. Select choice in Berlin.

    3. Zoom in. (Roll the mouse wheel or use their tool)

    4. Grab “Oscar” the little gold man to the left in the image on top of the zoom bar.

    5. Little blue dots will appear in the image. Drag Oscar over one of the blue dots for a preview. If you want to see more let Oscar stand on that spot: Presto! Your there! Now your a virtual tourist! Thanks Google!

  21. Charlie Stross says:

    I spent a memorable day there last summer! It’s pretty damned amazing — the whole hot’n’sunny resort ambiance (complete with exploitative ethnic restaurants and a 1Km walk through a neatly manicured jungle, plus sandy beaches) in a box.

    There’s even a helium balloon, with gondola big enough for two passengers, that does [tethered] tours of the building so you can see it from above.

    • jjsaul says:

      Balloon tours inside the building? It’s hard to picture the size of that space. They should do an O’Neil cylinder movie on location there.

  22. Anonymous says:

    i`d rather go to the wisconsin dells…

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