Spree-park, Plänterwald
HISTORY
The entertainment park was opened in 1969 as Cultural Park Plänterwald, covering an area of 29.5 hectares. A special attraction was the Ferris Wheel of Berlin (Berliner Riesenrad), which was replaced in 1989 with a new, larger version with 36 cars and rising to a height of 45 metres. In GDR times the park attracted up to 1.7 million visitors per year.
The VEB cultural park Berlin was completed in 1991 by mixed municipal authorities in Berlin.
Under the Spreepark GmbH some new attractions were added and visitor numbers reached 1.5 million per annum.
In 2001 Spreepark GmbH announced that they were insolvent.
On 18 January 2002 Norbert Witte, together with his family and closest coworkers left for Lima in Peru.
Since 2002 the park has not opened for visitors. In August 2002 the park was declared completely insolvent.
Norbert Witte failed in his attempt to run a "Lunapark" in Lima. On 19 May 2004 he was sentenced to seven years in jail for attempting to smuggle 180 kg of cocaine with a value of £14 million from Peru to Germany in the masts of the "flying carpet" ride.

Read the full story here,
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spreepark

There is a Spree-park site map here
www.spreepark.de/fahrgeschaefte_frameset.htm

Also, check out Christopher Flade's page here,
www.berliner-spreepark.de/
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