Buy an abandoned amusement park on eBay

Live out all your horror-film fantasies with Berlin's deserted Spreepark, for sale on eBay for a mere $2.2 million. Warning: it's a fixer-upper.

Discarded dinosaur statues littering Spreepark make the place feel more like "Land of the Lost" than Euro Disney. emil250 video screenshot by CNET

Ride a rickety roller coaster without standing in line. Stay on the Ferris wheel as long as you darn want. Woo someone special with a romantic row around a swamp.

It will only cost you 1.62 million euros ($2.2 million) to make an abandoned Berlin amusement park all yours. Yep, Spreepark is now for sale on eBay.

Granted, it's been closed for more than a decade ever since its former manager used "The Flying Carpet" ride equipment to smuggle cocaine in and out of Germany. And the place needs a bit of vacuuming and dusting. But now new owners can breathe life back into it.

The only things that stand in line at Spreepark these days are the dead trees. emil250 video screenshot by CNET

If you do plan to buy the property, keep in mind the stipulation that Spreepark's land remain as an amusement or recreational park until 2061. Most potential buyers who might consider the space for condos or hotels probably aren't interested.

Built in 1969, Spreepark was then called Kulturpark Planterwald. The Berlin Wall was still up, making it one of the most popular destinations for East Berliners who wanted to add some fun to their lives.

When East and West Germany reunified and the wall came down in 1990, the park was renamed Spreepark and got more of a Westernized makeover including the addition of a water landscape, roller coasters and an English village. But the park accrued large debts and went under new management in 2002, who then misused the park as their own personal drug trafficking center.

The amusement park is quite the fixer-upper, with boarded-up rides, overgrown plants, and graffiti everywhere thanks to trespassers. While limited tours of Spreepark still go on complete with a newly opened cafe, the rides remain closed and rusting away. The park still needs a lot of work and love -- and perhaps an exorcist to get rid of any vengeful clown ghosts.

(Via Gizmodo)

 

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