Opened in 1969 and With a covering area of 29.5 hectares, Plänterwald was the only constant amusement park in the GDR (German Democratic Republic).
In 1991 and after long negotiations the company "Spreepark Berlin GmbH" got the awarding of the park for an unpublished number. They installed new attractions and made it a reference in the world of amusement parks. They managed to bill 1.5 million dollars per year.
In Berlin they built a large number of amusement parks and Spreepark began to lose steam. A severe crisis in the sector and bad business management meant that during the year 1999 only 400,000 people visited the site. In 2001 Spreepark GmbH filed for bankruptcy.
In a last effort to reestablish the park, Norbert Witte moved to Peru. He founded an amusement park in Lima, but in 2002 he was forced to close it due to constant debts and a serious case of contraband. Norbert and his son Marcel Witte were sentenced to several years in prison for trying to pass 180 kg of cocaine from Peru to Germany within the attraction of the flying carpet.
The park had debts of 11 million euros and in 2002 it was declared insolvent and the land was abandoned.
Nowadays Spreepark is still deserted, only the huge ferris wheel remain standing and the wind moves emits a gloomy sound, a perfect soundtrack for a park that was everything and now is nothing.