Spreepark, originally known as Kulturpark Plänterwald, opened in 1969 as the only entertainment park in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin wall. New attractions were added to fantastic success with over one million visitors per year coming to enjoy the park’s Ferris wheel, roller coasters, swan rides and even a pirate ship. Unfortunately the park struggled under large debts in the late nineties, which was not helped by poor parking infrastructure and changes to admission pricing. The park has been embroiled in controversy since its closure, between its debt of 11,000,000 euros and even speculation of possible arson. The brave enjoy sneaking into the park to admire the defunct Ferris wheel, painted rides, and other abandoned structures.