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    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...

    fidber, Manu(She), NRG Photos, and 5 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. nilliske 84 months ago | reply

      Outstanding

    2. Gertrud K. 84 months ago | reply

      Ah, Du warst zu diesem Tag der offenen Tür im Spreepark! Ich hatte das auch erst erwogen aber dann leider nicht genug Zeit. Die Spiegelung ist super!

    3. Katarina 2353 84 months ago | reply

      Great idea, excellent shot!

    4. fidber 84 months ago | reply

      Etonnant mais réussi !

    5. udo baingo 84 months ago | reply

      tolle location, gute fotos. Die geschichte ist crazy!

    6. Manu(She) 84 months ago | reply

      You were always a master in the reflections art

    7. AbeDinMerbau 84 months ago | reply

      Beautiful reflection. I thought it was a real thing.

    8. NRG Photos 84 months ago | reply

      Ein großartiges Spiegelbild und eine unglaubliche Geschichte - kein Krimi-Autor hätte so was ausdenken können!

    9. Agnieszka G. 84 months ago | reply

      Clever shot, Claudia

    10. Grey travel 84 months ago | reply

      You do these reflection shots so well!

    11. c.zwerg 84 months ago | reply

      Wow... so gespiegelt sieht das noch faszinierender aus! Sehr klasse! Da wuerd ich ja auch gern mal Photos machen ;-)

    12. Uli He - Fotofee 84 months ago | reply

      Wow, tolle Spiegelung

    13. AnyMotion 84 months ago | reply

      Das "Spiegelrad" wirkt mit diesen leuchtenden Farben eigentlich noch ziemlich intakt !!
      Klasse Foto, Claudia !!

    14. langkawi 84 months ago | reply

      Ja, sogar die Lämpchen brennen noch....

    15. cнαт-ɴoιr^^ 84 months ago | reply

      hier setzt du noch eines drauf und so bizarr erscheint es in der reflexion !

    16. AnnAbulf 84 months ago | reply

      Hervorragend (Modem vom Blitz getroffen, in Erwartung eines neuen...).

    17. john a d willis 84 months ago | reply

      Gets rather wet at the bottom of the wheel !! Actually a sorry tale,but excellent captures.

    18. spiritofredhorse 84 months ago | reply

      Eine absolut starke Spiegelung. Genial und prima umgesetzt Claudia!

    19. karla_k 83 months ago | reply

      wow, was für eine großartige Spiegelung!!

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