As early as the end of the 19th century, Theodor Fontane’s character Melusine fell into raptures at the sight of the Eierhäuschen in Plänterwald and, as described in the novel “Der Stechlin”, this place remained a beloved excursion destination for Berliners throughout many transformations.
The opening of Kulturpark Plänterwald in 1969 – the only permanent leisure and amusement park in the GDR, which ten years later became the setting for the DEFA film classic “Spuk unterm Riesenrad” – also firmly anchors the area in the childhood and youth memories of several generations.
After the fall of the Wall, the merry-go-rounds continue to rotate along the banks of the Spree. Under the name Spreepark and with a private operator, this place will become an experience for all Berliners and will continue to attract them to a delightful green space with a roller coaster, Ferris wheel and cultural programme until 2001.
Since 2001, the merry-go-rounds have stood still and nature has reconquered the space. Flora and fauna spread out in the middle of the city and transform the Spreepark into a mystical place that amazes urban explores on an expedition through the big city.
At the fence of the Spreepark you can still look past dinosaurs and the Ferris wheel into the wild urban nature and the overgrown past of this Berlin location which is now being transformed once again. Over a period of several years and together with the Berliners the new Spreepark has been in the works since 2016.
As early as 2023, the city will get back the first part of the Spreepark with the opening of the Eierhäuschen. In several stages, the vision of a park that allows everyone to experience art and culture in unique urban nature will finally become a Berlin reality on the banks of the Spree. The entire Spreepark is expected to be open to the public again in 2026.