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Opened in 1969, Kulturpark Plänterwald (Spree Park) was East Berlin’s premiere amusement park. After the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, the park was sold off to Austrian financier Norbert Witte. Unfortunately, Spree began to lose money and in 1999, Witte closed the park. Thinking he’d have better luck in Peru, Witte transported all the rides to Lima to create a new park. When that also failed, Witte turned to smuggling cocaine from Peru to Europe inside the machinery of amusement park rides.
Abandoned Spreepark, Berlin. From 1969 to 1989, Cultural Park Plänterwald was East Germany's premiere amusement park. Later rechristened "Spreepark," it eventually closed in 2002, after the park's operator picked up and left for Peru . He and his son were later arrested for trying to smuggle 167 kilograms of cocaine back to Germany inside the "Flying Carpet" carousel. Recently released from prison, the owner is thought to live somewhere within the park's mysterious grounds.