*INVITATION* When I first heard about Tropical Islands on TV I was both fascinated and sceptical. For some reason I immediately concluded that I wouldn’t like it the least there. However, I honestly was positively surprised. More on my humble opinion later – let’s first talk stats and data.
Just 60 kilometres from Berlin Europe’s largest holiday world is located in the middle of nowhere. Arriving by car or bus you can already spot the massive building from far away. It’s one of the largest self-supporting halls in the world and was formerly intended as an airship hangar but then became a 66.000 m2 tropical paradise in the midst of Germany. Standing there, looking at the hall alone made me gasp. It’s just HUGE!
But what’s actually inside Tropical Islands?
Tropical Islands houses various attractions. For example there’s a giant rainforest with about 50.000 (real) plants and animals. This was probably my favourite thing about it. I’m a huge sucker for palm trees and simply loved waking up and taking a walk through the 26 degree Celsius warm complex spotting trees, bushes, flamingos, peacocks and pheasants. Sometimes the birds even take a walk through the restaurants – duh, so cute!
From there one can either decide to take a dip in the stunning lagoon, have fun at the water slides, tan at the tropical sea (which I wasn’t a fan of – too artificial) or simply walk through the tropical village housing souvenir shops, bars, restaurants and hotel rooms. My room was located in the Royal Harbour, which looked like the towns in Pirates of the Caribbean. That was really cool. I feel like I would have LOVED that as a child.
Okay you guys know how much I love food so one of the most important things for me always are the restaurants and bars. The breakfast buffet was ginormous and basically offered everything. We once dined at the Tropical Garden restaurant, which is a bit more expensive but super delicious and fancy. This was straight up my alley. However, my favourite food experience at Tropical Islands by far was the lunch we had at Sawadee. There you could select different veggies, noodles, fish and meat and let them fry by a Thai-cook. DELICIOUS! If you’re a vegan you might like this the most because otherwise it wasn’t always easy to avoid milk, meat and co.
Amazonia – the new outdoor area
Then there also is the new outdoor area called “Amazonia”, which I absolutely loved. Okay, okay we had amazing weather (27 degrees Celsius and sunshine) so maybe that played a role in that too… But literally, they beautifully designed and arranged everything outdoors. After 3 days of staying inside a hall with tropical climate I was always more than happy to escape to Amazonia, if only for a couple of minutes. There was plenty of water to swim, a fun slide and a couple of sports facilities like beach-volleyball. I only tried the wild-water slide once and had a brilliant time all by myself. I’m such a child, duh!
My Opinion: Did I like it?
Well that’s the big question, isn’t it? It’s an indoor holiday world, so of course there are hundreds (if not thousands) of people every day, it’s sometimes noisy, there are lots of children and families (some you might want to scream at) and it simply cannot replace a real trip to Asia or other tropical destinations. But here comes the big BUT. I think it’s a lovely idea for a quick escape especially if you live near. It might be an amazing alternative for families who simply cannot afford a long vacation overseas and I know that I would have absolutely loved it there as a kid.
So in conclusion I can say that I wouldn’t do an 8h car drive (that’s how long Google says it takes from Graz) for one day at the Tropical Islands. However, if you happen to be in Berlin sometimes I can definitely recommend doing a day trip there as day tickets are valid for up to 19 hours and that leaves you with plenty of time to relax, discover and have fun. Oh one last thing: I wish they’d have coconuts to drink from because that wouldn’t only make for awesome Instagram pictures but also really fit the tropical theme.
- If possible avoid the weekends and school holidays when you plan on going there because then it will be absolutely crowded. We stayed from Thursday-Saturday and it got more crowded each day. Thursday and Friday were very calm, quiet and fine though!
- If you plan on staying the night: The Junior Suites are the most beautiful rooms (but obviously not cheap), the Premium Rooms at the Royal Harbour are perfect for families (I felt like I was waking up in “Pirates of the Caribbean” every day). Also there are rooms outside the complex surrounded by a quiet forest.
- Don’t forget to pack sun-screen as you can also get a tan inside the hall due to them using a semi-permeable membrane that let’s about 80% of the UV rays into the hall. (So the plants can grow!)
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Have you ever been to the Tropical Islands in Brandenburg? If yes, what did you think? And if no, do you plan on going there someday?
A very special thank you goes out to Tropical Islands for welcoming MissGetaway as a guest and hosting such a fun trip. The opinion expressed in this post is, as always, 100% my own!
*Picture 6 via Tropical Islands