Reflection of a long-closed ferris wheel
Spreepark Berlin, the former "Kulturpark" has a fascinating
post-communism history ripe for a movie. Opened in 1969 in East
Berlin, the park had rides unique in the country and attracted over a
million visitors a year. When it was privatized in 1991, the
references of the prospective future operator were not properly
checked. Under Norbert Witte, the park was transformed into a
recreational park on a more western model, but in 1999 he was facing
bancruptcy and huge debts. While the case was handled in court, the
owner packed up six attractions, including a roller coaster, in 20 sea
containers and shipped them to Peru, where he was planning to open a
new theme park. He had made everyone believe the rides were being
taken for repairs.
Instead of finally making it, Norbert Witte, the bancrupt operator, was sentenced to seven years in jail for attempting to smuggle 180 kg of cocaine from Peru to Germany in the masts of the "Flying Carpet" ride. Released early, he now lives in a trailer park on the Spreepark property.
His son is serving a 20 years sentence for drug smuggling in Peru.
The park has been closed to visitors since 2002 and is gradually being reclaimed by nature...