27 December 2009

Endless Summer

A strangely compelling travel piece not so long ago in the NZ Listener describes a blimp-hangar turned holiday resort in eastern Germany. Opened just in time for Christmas 2004 and clearly visible from ABOVE, Tropical Islands is easily as big as some neighbouring villages and has its own airstrip.

The website boasts the world's largest indoor rain forest, a complete tropical village, a Balinese lagoon and Germany's largest water slide. According to Wikipedia, it is one of the world's largest buildings by volume and the biggest hall without supporting pillars. Probably not what Buckminster Fuller had in mind for Spaceship Earth but camping is allowed (for a small fee).

Image: Tropical Islands under construction

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