Why Wait for Summer? One German Town’s Bizarre Take on a Day at the Beach.

by Carolyn Sotka

 

Indoor Tropical Island

Photo from The Tropical Islands photo gallery.

Just an hour south of Berlin, well within the midlands of Germany, lies a beach filled with tidal pools, waterfalls, rainforests, Bali-style bungalows and flamingos. It’s always sunny at the Tropical Islands Resort in Krausnick; just pull up a beach chair, order a mai tai and don’t forget your sunscreen as natural light streams in through the huge transparent dome.

Indoor Tropical Island

Photo from The Tropical Islands photo gallery.

Tropical Islands opened in 2004. It’s housed in one of the world’s largest freestanding buildings; a 5-million square foot structure originally built to house a gigantic dirigible. When the airship company went backrupt, the building was bought by a Malaysian company. Its original steel skin was peeled away and replaced by a translucent sheeting that lets in 80 percent of the sun’s rays. It’s 360 meters long, 210 meters wide and 107 meters high – big enough to the fit the Statue of Liberty standing up and the Eiffel Tower lying on it side.

Inside is a forest of 50,000 trees, a 90-foot water slide, ‘tropical’ villages, waterfalls, millions of gallons of chlorine-blue water and thousands of pasty German beachgoers.

Indoor Tropical Island

Photo from The Tropical Islands photo gallery.

Tropical Islands has capacity for over a million visits per year and 6,000 visitors per day – whether you come to lounge, play beach volleyball or golf; heck you can even camp or bring your RV – this ‘tropical’ resort awaits you.

If you think all this all seems quite odd, just wait til you check out their promotional theme song and video. Perhaps in the future, there will be an artificial reef to dive on or waves to surf to complete the experience. 😉 – CS

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