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German airship hangar transformed into an enormous tropical resort

While a sun holiday to Spain may sound wonderful, it may not be financially realistic for some. Thankfully there are other options available where you can still relax in warm weather and near water without having to pay an arm and a leg. One place that offers a fun warm getaway is the Tropical Island Resort in the countryside in Germany where the worlds largest free-standing single hall stands tall and proud.

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This building used to be an airship hangar but the previous owners, CargoLifter, went bankrupt in 2002 and then were bought by the Malaysian company, Tanjong. They transformed this 70,000 foot square dome into a place that would welcome thousands of people every year and become Europe’s largest tropical island resort.

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The air temperature is a warm 26 °C with the humidity around 64%. It is the perfect temperature to enjoy the many water attractions they offer, especially when it is grey and cold outside. Children can splash around in the pools and water slides while adults can relax in the sauna and spa. There are 4 themed areas spread throughout the resort. The Tropical Village consists of traditional asian buildings while the Rainforest offers over 50,000 plants and 600 different species which make up the largest indoor rainforest in the world. There is also the Tropical Sea and the Bali Lagoon which is full of whirlpools and water slides.

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The resort is open 365 days a year and has recently added on a hotel option for those that want to spend some extra time in the warm weather. Or visitors can opt for more budget friendly accommodation and pop up a tent nearby. They are always expanding and coming up with ways to attract more visitors so keep an eye out on what new additions they are coming up with.

While it may seem like the perfect day trip, it does add up. Food and drink are rather pricy and the admission costs start at€36 for an adult and €28.50 for a child and go up from there. It is an exciting day out but just be ready to dish out a little more cash if you want the full experience.

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