Wunderland Kalkar, Germany has a thriving theme park and on site Hotels. The Hotels jointly house 450 rooms while the theme park boasts over 40 attractions. However it is it’s previous life that surprised me.
The Theme Park
Wunderland Kalkar is spread over 136 acres on on the side of the river Rhein. The park is packed with a broad selection of attractions that would satisfy the whole family. They range from small ferris wheel style rides, up to log flumes and roller coasters. If you’re into more active challenges they have a huge climbing wall, Beach Volleyball Fields, a Bowling Alley, Miniature Golf and Tennis Courts.
The Climbing wall is 130 feet tall, while it isn’t the most challenging, it is one of the tallest in Europe.
As you can see in the background the scale of this vertical structure is immense. A nice mural of a mountain tries to disguise it’s scale. You can spot the climbing routes peppered up it’s face.
Classic attractions like this chair swing is a family favourite here for both young and old.
The on-site Hotels! Yes thats right hotelS, there are 6 to choose from cater for all sizes of group bookings. Across the site they can accommodate up to 450 bookings.
The architecture isn’t as appealing as it could be for a theme park.
and that is where it’s secret starts to come out.
Wunderland Kalkar has been developed on a repurposed site. From this aerial view you can see, the scale of the site, but also it’s previous life.
The German government decided that it didn’t want to use Nuclear Power stations any more, as they were unsure of their safety. So, started to close them down. This site was previously known as “Schneller Brüter”, it was a mutual development between Germany, Belgium and Netherlands. The project started in 1971 and eventually stopped in 1991. Delays were implemented through an un easy vision of the future of Nuclear Power. With a construction cost of US$5.3 billion, it seemed a shame to just knock it down. In 1992 it was sold on to a Dutch investor with a vision of a family park.
As the site had never been put into Nuclear action, it is guaranteed to be safe from radiation. However just looking at it shouts Power Station and guests could possibly assume it’s previous life.
The Climbing wall is on the sides the cooling tower and the hotels on site are various works units. The architecture isn’t typical for a modern day theme park, but all those angular buildings do fit it’s original intention.
Have you been to Wunderland? What are your thoughts? Would you happily take you family to a “Nuclear” park / hotel?