Treptower Park, a day of walking in the rain past abandoned fairground rides and the truly monumental soviet war memorial.
Spreepark I (formerly “Kulturpark Plänterwald”)
was open from October 1969 to 2001, now abandoned.
owned by Norbert Witte - closed with debts of €11,000,000
[in 2004 Witte was arrested for attempting to smuggle £14m of cocaine from Peru to Germany in the masts of a ‘flying carpet’ ride]
Soviet War Memorial I
(May 8, 1949)
Architect: Yakov Belopolsky
to commemorate soviet soldiers who fell in the Battle for Berlin in 1945
having spent a long time wandering round the park trying to find this monument, I met two guys, Leo and Jona who told me that they were having some kind of special day, which seemed to include drinking Ouzo and chilli flavoured water. “It’s a strange feeling that I’m having now” Leo said. I’m sure he was!
soviet war memorial II
soviet war memorial III
soviet war memorial IV