07 Mar '12, 6pm

Failed Nuclear Power Plant Transformed Into Amusement Park

Failed Nuclear Power Plant Transformed Into Amusement Park

Henk-Jan van der Klis /CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Amusement parks can seem banal if you're fed up of overpriced food, long lines and not-so-great rides. But this extraordinary amusement park in Germany has an edge over its competitors -- it's built out of an abandoned nuclear power plant. The immense cooling tower houses a swing ride, while its outside walls have been converted to a 130 foot tall climbing wall. In addition, there are more traditional rides like a carousel, merry-go-round and Ferris wheel, attracting approximately 600,000 visitors each year. © Corbis Wunderland Kalkar/Promo image Located near Kalkar, Germany, this "Wunderland" park is a great example of adaptive reuse that could also solve the problem of what to do with the country's nuclear power sites as it plans to completely phase out nuclear power by 2022 . According to the Daily Mail , this nuclear power plant w...

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