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Germany's Tropical Islands - Urban infrastructure gets a second life

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Tourist attraction or just something fun for the locals?

In 2004, a Malaysian company turned a large hangar originally meant for airships (think blimps) into an indoor tropical paradise just outside Berlin.

The hangar -- larger than 10 American football fields and tall enough to fit the Statue of Liberty -- was built in 2000 to house airships designed to carry extra large pieces of cargo. When that company went bankrupt, the Malaysian firm took over.

Now the hangar hosts a lagoon, a 600-foot long beach, the world's largest indoor rainforest (with a half-mile hiking trail), a spa, bars, restaurants and a 198-room hotel, among other other things.

And they have a) the world's fastest water slide, and b) it SNOWS outside while you enjoy the tropical paradise!

The water slide does look amazing!

water slide German Tropical Islands resort hangar surrounded by SNOW

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