Wunderland Theme Park


Wunderland near Kalkar, Germany, cleverly combines a never-been-used multi-million-pound reactor with classic fair rides, including a merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, carousel and log flume.A swing ride has even been fitted inside the old cooling tower, while a 130ft-high climbing wall features on the outside.

When it was originally built in 1972 the construction – dubbed the SNR-300 – was destined to be the world’s most technologically advanced nuclear power plant and Germany’s first fast breeder nuclear reactor.But 12 years and more than £3 million later, the project was eventually cancelled after a series of public protests and nuclear disasters elsewhere, including Chernobyl.

By 1996 there were a few hotel rooms on the site, which gradually expanded to several hundred – as well as bars and restaurants.Since 2002, the park has seen the addition of more than 40 rides and a museum as well as a miniature golf course and tennis courts.

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