German amusement park built in an unfinished nuclear facility

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

The swing ride at the Wunderland Kalkar amusement park just north of Düsseldorf is located in the cooling tower of an abandoned nuclear power plant. When the plant was officially cancelled and its valuable parts sold and shipped away, Dutchman Hennie van der Most purchased the land. He then took the obvious next step: turning the nuclear power plant into a family amusement park.

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bjames's avatar

Real-life RCT2 if I ever did see it.

James Whitmore's avatar

I wonder if the hotel rooms are themed, industrial or something like that. That would be fun to see.

That swing ride seems to include stationary, or perhaps revolving seats as well for those who may not like to fly around. What a great idea. And while the shots don't show the ride in motion it looks like the center column is high enough that the swing riders will fly just over the top edge of the building for a sudden outdoor view from the top. And just imagine climbing higher and higher in there while the walls seem to get closer and closer...

Me like. Lemonade out of lemons.

Tekwardo's avatar

The hotel rooms look like standard hotel rooms. Lots of pix on the parks official site.

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Break Trims's avatar

Here's a POV of the swing ride that gives you a good sense of the experience. Looks interesting to say the least.

Parallel lines on a slow decline.

Here's my trip report from there.

An amusement park built inside a German nuclear plant? Now that's what I call Fahrvergnuken.

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Thanks, Break Trims. How much fun is that? Exactly what I pictured and hoped for.

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