So this isn’t a particularly long post, but I’d be amiss if I forgot to tell you guys about a super-cool place our Unit Ministry Team took our Single Soldiers on a day trip last year. If you’re already headed toward Berlin and looking for a unique place to stay there is a gigantic former blimp hanger that has been converted to a water park/hotel. If you are adventurous and don’t want to stay in a traditional hotel room, they also have little tents inside the hangar you can stay in!
If you aren’t staying overnight, Tropical Islands still serves as an awesome water park to go to for the day. They have a wave pool, indoor rain forest nature walk, water slides, a hot air balloon, huge playground area, hot tubs, kiddie pool, man-made sandy beaches, sauna and spa, shopping, food and, of course, alcohol in abundance. There are activities that go on throughout the day like dance classes and skits. They have showers and lockers there as well, so if you aren’t staying overnight you do not need to worry about where to put your stuff. My son, who was five at the time, loved it.
If you check out their website you can see the schedule for upcoming special events such as holiday parties and indoor beach soccer championships.
The only downsides were that it is not particularly cheap at €42, but kids up to age 5 are free. So, is it worth it? If you are already headed to/near Berlin I say yes. We had to drive a total of 10 hours in one day (5 there and 5 back) and that was a little much, especially since there are water parks – albeit not as big or in a blimp hangar – a lot closer to where I live. If you’re looking for a place similar but closer to the Graffenwoehr/Vilsek/Hohenfels area, I suggest the waterpark in Nuremberg (like I mention in this post) which has many of the same things, just smaller.
Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below! Have fun!