Spreepark scrape: Reacquaintance with an abandoned amusement park

It’s harder to go back when you know the risks. But I had to go back, I had to go back. I was warned there was at least one guard inside and more on the perimeter, dogs too. I can deal with guards, but was apprehensive about the dogs. What if they were loose? Blood-thirsty Rottweilers or hungry Alsatians?
But I had to go back. I had to see for myself. I thought Spreepark might be unguarded because of the legal limbo it finds itself in as it awaits sale. It’s not. As I’d find out.
Spreepark can only be described as a wonderland, as, indeed, you’d expect an abandoned amusement park to be. An increase in the number of visitors to levels not seen since it earned its living as an actual amusement park has hardened resolve to keep them out – unless they pay.
That in turn hardened my resolve to get in again. I hopped the fence, made my way through the foliage as I’d done before. This time however, I avoided the main paths, stayed among the trees.
Once I’d made my way through the dogs started barking. Fuck! But I thought to myself they couldn’t know if I was inside or out. They probably barked all the time. I had to go on. I went on, hoping to Jaysus they weren’t loose.
I heard weird sounds, weird sounds inside the goldmine. A grating, screeching noise, a siren, possibly an alarm. Had I triggered something by hopping the fence? I had to go on.
I made my way to the rollercoaster, greeted the colorful giant cat.
“Howya cat! Long time no see! I trust you’re not as lonely as you were before?”
He said business was brisk, no end to the visitors.
The dinosaurs were less chatty, possibly because their numbers had dwindled since before. Those remaining couldn’t even stand up anymore. They’d obviously turned to drink. Tragic. Thoughts of extinction can really get a dinosaur down.
I wandered on, up toward the giant Ferris wheel. The screeching grew louder as I drew near and it was then I realized – it was rusty, and turning in the wind! I gazed on in humble awe. Despite everything, the wheel was still turning. No matter what, the world keeps turning. It might screech, but it turns all the same.
Suddenly I knew I had to leave. I don’t know if I heard something, something strange(r). I turned around, cut back up through the grass on the hill.
Sure enough, a man’s voice called out. “HALT!”
I looked back, saw he was on bike. No dog. I can’t outrun a bike. I went over.
I refused to delete my photos as he demanded, despite the implicit threat of violence in his stance, despite his threat of ringing the police, a criminal record and €150 fine.
He rang someone, said something about five minutes, told me they were on their way, and I’d have to delete the photos anyway.
I won’t delete photos unless there’s gunpoint, with real guns and bullets. I dug my heels in as he asked again and again, braced myself. He gave up, asked for ID. I showed him my press pass, which he took photos of before telling me to expect the fine in the post and hop back out over the fence.
As I was leaving he called me back, asked if I’d pay €25 for photo rights. I’d already tried bribing the fucker, so said yeah, as long as it cancelled the €150 fine and criminal record. He said it would. I suppose I’ll find out.
On our way back to the guardhouse I asked him if Herr Witte, the chancer who used to run the amusement park, was still living onsite.
“Nein,” he replied.
Another guard came along during the ubiquitous form-filling, clearly in a better mood. I think he was drunk, probably from hanging out too long with the dinosaurs. He was very friendly.
I asked the original guard if they got many people hopping the fence.
“No comment,” he said.
“Eine Menge,” said the other. (Loads.)
I took a few more snaps of relocated dinosaurs on the way out. Their days are numbered it seems, and pending its sale to the city’s preferred bidder, Spreepark’s days are too.
I recommend a visit soon, either of the more exciting do-it-yourself variety (the worst that will happen is you get caught) or by doing a tour as others have suggested. Tours might be better for those of a nervous disposition.
I won’t be doing a tour but I will go back. I have to go back.
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Mate I am in Berlin in two weeks time and want to go here so bad (one of the reasons i am coming back to Berlin) and your fence jumping and urban exploration skills will be of great help to a rookie explorer like myself (and I am a pussy who will get too scared by myself) so was wondering if you were keen to go back for round 3? Or if you have any other adventures planned for mid november i can tag along with?

HELLO I'M A FEW DAYS FROM BERLIN AND I STAY UNTIL DECEMBER THEREFORE I AM MOTIVATED TO VISIT SPREEPARK
IF YOU WANT ME TO HOLD CURRENT

Very cool website! So many abandoned places in Berlin which are worth a visit. Spreepark is one of them. Cool article and very nice pictures. Keep up the good work :)

I visited Spreepark today, and it was so funny. I cycled there and felt a little nervous about going inside, until I saw some fella going through one of the gates and leaving it wide open. I raced over to the open gate on my bike, but before I had time to lock my bike to the nearest tree, I saw a family of 5 going through the same gate.
The Family were by now taking photos near the Dinosaurs as I set foot into the park, and behind me was a young lady who was also brazenly wondering through the open gate..
I thought that this was brilliant... a mass storm of the park was in full operation!
I joked with the family of 5 about the possibility of dogs and security, before I wondered around towards the ferris wheel.
After reading you blog, I was fully expecting a confrontation with the security guard, and planned to remove my camera's memory card and hide it, if any confrontation occurred.
As I sat near the Ferris wheel, with my camera in hand, I noticed the guard out the corner of my eye. So I popped out the memory card and hid it down my sock...
He shouted over towards me and I turned and smiled, while saying "Ah, good morning my friend"
but apparently it wasn't a good morning. "You take photo's 15 euro fine or I call the police"
I guess that nobody is paying the 25 euro fine so he's dropped his price!!
No problem I said, I'll delete the photo's. I pretended to delete the images but the guard never really payed too much attention to what I was doing, and instructed me to hope back over the fence. I tried to explain that the gate was already open but he didn't want to listen, and shouted at me to jump the fence, as he got back on his bike a peddled away.
At this point I slipped the memory card back into the camcorder and filmed him cycling away.
Once I was back over the fence, the guard was busy evicting the family of 5 back through the open gate, before locking it shut.
If its ok with the Irish Berliner, I'll post my little video here, and like you say, I have to go back.. one day soon.

Hey Uncle Evey!

I meant to compliment you on your Zombie Hospital video. Very spooky! I enjoyed it a lot and will share it tomorrow for the day that's in it. In fact, Zombie hospital on Halloween is bound to be something special. Maybe I'll take a spin up there once the dead are roaming the Earth again...

Of course you can post your Spreepark video here. Why shouldn't you!
You did well to take out the memory card. I was trying to but he was watching me the whole time.
But it sounds like you had fun and that's the main thing. That guard must be so pissed off. Yet, he'd be complaining if he had nothing to do...
Looking forward to your video!

was the guard on a bike a gormless looking bloke with glasses? he tried to get me to deleate my photos and I stood firm and told him no,and he just let me out the gate in the end after all his frets of police and stuff, Do these guards have any rights to make you deleate your camera or not?

I don't think they do. They can probably press charges for trespassing if they really wanted to though.
The guy I met was gormful looking bloke without glasses.

Here's the video.. the Guard is cycling off at the end :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYlFmpS3NGc

Did you make it to the Zombie Hospital over Halloween? I wanted to visit on this night also, but was unable to make it.. shame.
I took a friend to visit the Ballhaus Grünau today. We were only able to gain access to the small building, but it was cool to stand on the dance floor and imagine how grand this building once was.
When we left, we ran into a group of 6 or 7 French guys and girls who were all looking for a way into the building. They were nice people, so I asked how they found out about the Ballhaus Grünau, to which they replied "Abandoned Berlin" Hahaha
Keep up the good work Irish :)

No I went to the Eisfabrik for Halloween. The Zombie hospital would have been good though...
I liked your Spreepark video. Normally you'd ask if you want to use my photos though. The ones at the beginning look very familiar ;) It's not a problem. Just, I'd rather you asked first.
Did you make a Ballhaus video too?

Please accept my aplology for using your wonderful photos without permission. I was slightly pissed off with not being able to explore Spreepark fully, but have no excuse..
I would like to buy you some beers as a way to say sorry!

No Ballhaus video was made, as the light was fading fast by the time I got there, but I was more than happy to just enjoy the experience.

No worries man. Apology accepted. No harm done. I'm trying to cut back on the beers actually - I need to drink less and write more!

Hey man! I'm here in Berlin since September, and I wanna do something crazy before I leave.
What about a little trip to spree Park together?
I am with my sister ~~

Sorry Vash. No can do! But I'm sure there are plenty of other like-minded souls up for devilment out there...

I love your posts about this place. I find the park's spookiness naturally attractive but you really sell the adventurous aspect about it. I'm visiting Berlin in May and feel like it's a place I just really have to visit. The fact that it's off limits is quite alluring.

I travel solo and would be fine with visiting alone, though you don't seem to recommend that? Makes sense, I guess. I hope I can convince another mischievous soul to join me. I wouldn't be at all keen on taking a tour - just doesn't offer the same adventure!

Have you ever been there at night? I'll stay in Berlin for a couple of days and i was just wondering about securities at night..

Stumbled on this site doing research on Funkhaus Grünau and what a great find it is! The writing is nice and natural with a sense of humor - something not always easy to find here in Berlin. Thanks for the tips - my bike loves new places to visit! Barry Fay

We went to Spreepark today and after some half an hour of exploring they caught us with some other two girls. The guy calmly, he has to do this everyday I guess, asked for ids, took them and ask us to follow. He made us sit in some tent and filled some form in German. After let us leave. We asked in poor German what was that paper and he said something about sending them to some lawyers and that we should expect some fee. Has this happened to some of you? Is some criminal record situation going on here?

Hey! I'll be going next week. I'm from the US, is there any chance you would want to go back? I was going to shoot mostly film.

I am traveling to Berlin may 2 - May 8 and would LVE to check this out.
My fiancé would be too scared to jump a fence and get caught. But I think it sounds fun. Does anyone have any information on the tours?
OR Would anyone be interested in coming with me during my stay?
email: om.michael.fink@gmail.com

im in berlin now and going here tomorrow, i have managed to sneek past all the guards and dogs at mid night to climb to the very top of the great pyramid in egypt as well as military bases in eastern europe so im sure i can handle this, cant wait

How long will you be in Berlin, mate? I arrive on the 24th.

je vais le 22 octobre à spreepark.... priez :-p

Bonjour, tu as réussi a rentrer dans le park?

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