This failed $5.3 billion nuclear power plant in Germany is now an amusement park that gets hundreds of thousands of visitors each year

A merry-go-round at Wunderland Kalkar.
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The SNR-300 was supposed to be Germany’s first fast breeder nuclear reactor when construction began in 1972. The reactor was made to use plutonium as fuel, and it would output 327 megawatts of energy.

Built in Kalkar, the government had some concerns about the safety of the nuclear reactor, which delayed construction. The power plant was finished in 1985 – $5.3 billion later.

But after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, the SNR-300 never got a chance to fully operate, and by 1991 the project was officially canceled.

This left the power plant completely unused, and it was eventually sold to a Dutch investor who decided to turn it into an amusement park: Wunderland Kalkar.

The total size of the amusement park is 136 acres, the size of 80 football fields.

There are a total of 40 attractions throughout the amusement park, including a log ride similar to the popular Splash Mountain at Disneyland.

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A swing ride was built inside of the cooling tower.

And the outside of the cooling tower was turned into a rock climbing wall that stands at 130 feet tall.


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People who visit the amusement park are completely safe from radiation because the power plant never actually went into production.

My favorite merry‐go‐round built inside of an old nuclear reactor cooling tower. #WunderlandKalkar

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The amusement park also has a 450-room hotel for guests to stay at during their visit, with several restaurants and bars.

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Visitors are also welcome to take a tour, which teaches them all about the power plant that never was.

Wunderland Kalkar gets more than 600,000 visitors a year and opens for the season on April 9.

АЭС на берегу реки Рейн должна была войти в эксплуатацию, но это так и не случилось. После событий на ЧАЭС из нее превратили парк атракционов, гостиницу, ресторан и выставочный зал… Безопасность важнее всего… #???????? #германия #рейн #аэс #атомнаястанция #паркатракционов #выстовочныйзал #калькар #нрв #вечер #северныйрейнвестфалия #райн #rhein #германиямоимиглазами #kalkar #deutschland #nrw #wunderland #wunderlandkalkar #niederrhein #kernkraftwerk #паркразвлечений

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Source: Wunderland Kalkar

After the Fukushima disaster in 2011, Germany decided to close all of its power plants in phases by 2022.

Source: New York Times