Our second day in Berlin started bright and early as we set out to spend the day at the Berlin Tropical Islands! The Tropical Islands is a tropical theme park located about 50km outside of Berlin. The Islands are housed in a former airship hangar and boasts its own tropical rainforest, artificial beach and the biggest waterslide in Germany! This was somewhere we definitely did not want to pass up an opportunity to visit!
After around about an hour’s train journey from Berlin City Centre to Brand, we were greeted with a free shuttle bus to the ‘Island’. From the outside, the former airship hangar looked big, but we both questioned how it would house everything on the inside – and boy were we surprised! The place was like a Tardis! The moment you walk in you are hit with a sweltering heat, very similar to the sensation you feel when you get off a plane in a very hot place. It’s hard to take everything in when you first enter; there are giant tropical trees everywhere, hot air balloons floating round and the roof of the hangar is up in the gods.
After we had changed into our swimwear and got our bearings, we decided to head over to the ‘Amazonia’ section of the Tropical Islands. Amazonia was actually outside the hangar and it comprised over a number of small to medium sized swimming pools, each with their own lazy river. But the crème de la crème had to be the outdoor rapids! You go down in your pair/group and get thrown all over the place, only before plummeting down the 6 foot drop into a pool at the end.
After we had worked up an appetite from all the excitement, we headed for lunch. The Tropical Islands offered a range of different cuisines and anything you bought whilst inside was chargeable to your bracelet you were given, which you paid off at the end of the day. The system was efficient and worked like a treat as we grabbed our pizza and beer with no fuss at all. After lunch we decided to play some mini golf and it must say something about how good the Islands were because even the mini golf course was amazing!
There was no time to waste after mini golf, we then took a dip in the lagoon, before having a relax on the beach. It was great to see how everything felt like an actual real Tropical Island, despite the fact that we were in a disused aircraft hangar in the middle of Germany! After a quick trip to the beach bar, we then set about exploring the rainforest, home to flamingos, tortoises and a vast number of fauna.
We finally left the Berlin Tropical Islands at around 7PM having spent the whole day there! I would definitely recommend a trip to the Tropical Islands if you are in Berlin with a day to spare and nothing to do! We then headed back to central Berlin for dinner and drinks. One thing I did notice about the nightlife in Berlin was how upbeat the atmosphere was, it felt like everyone there was having the time of the their life!