Head to Tropical Islands Resort for a slice of paradise

Head to Tropical Islands Resort for a slice of paradise

by Jeana Coleman
Stripes Europe

Never underestimate the healing power of rest and relaxation, especially in the middle of a tropical paradise. But what if you don’t want to spend the extra $$$ for a Mediterranean cruise? Or, don’t have enough leave for beach getaway? You can get a “taste of the tropics” inside one of the most unusual water park facilities in the world, here in Germany.

Tropical Islands Resort in Krausnick, Germany, located between Berlin and Dresden, is more than just a water park resort. Spend time with the family relaxing on a sandy beach of a tropical sea, slip into a blue lagoon, tour a tropical rain forest, let the kids ride in a “hot air” balloon or ride down Germany’s largest water slide, all in an indoor, climate-controlled facility. Or, rejuvenate with exotic sauna and spa treatments, massages and much more. You’ll feel like you’re in a tropical paradise when you are only a few hours from home.

The building itself is an architectural marvel. Measuring 260 m (1,181 ft.) in length, 210 m (688 ft.) wide and 107 m (351 ft.) tall, the structure is the largest self-supporting hall in the world. The Eiffel Tower in Paris is 300 m (984 ft.) tall and 125 m (410 ft.) at the widest part of its base; therefore, it could easily fit in the facility lying on its side.

Originally built as a huge hangar to house large, helium airships, investors from Malaysia and Singapore purchased the facility and surrounding land and redesigned the massive, domed hangar to support their vision of the world’s largest water park. In 2004, Tropical Islands opened its doors.


Open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, Tropical Islands provides around-the-clock entertainment for the whole family. The indoor facility is basically split into two sections: Tropical World and the Sauna and Spa Complex.

Tropical World

A vast array of attractions and entertainment for everyone is housed in Tropical World, including the beautiful Tropical Sea, Bali Lagoon, Rainforest, Tropical Village and large kid’s play area with miniature golf, a safari lift, balloon rides, bumper cars/boats, mini cars, wade pools and more. Water features also include Germany’s tallest water slide with four different chutes, including a speed tube that reaches speeds of more than 40 mph.

Tropical Sea offers a beautiful, sandy beach, a blue sky horizon and a “sea” with the surface area of 3,000 square meters (roughly the size of three Olympic pools) and perfect water temperature of 82.4°F. Bring your sunscreen since you’re sure to get a tan through the specially installed translucent panels along the ceiling. A shallow pool and sandy area also provides fun for the little ones.

As the sun sets, stroll over to the Bali Lagoon. Special lighting, romantic tropical foliage and the seclusion of its cave and waterfall are sure to create a romantic setting as darkness falls. Enjoy the whirlpools, whirlpool stream, two water slides and balmy 90°F water. Guests can even sleep along the water’s edge in luxurious lodges.

Guests will also marvel at another grand feature: the world’s largest indoor tropical rain forest. To help create an authentic and symbiotic ecosystem, landscape designers and architects from Germany, England, South America and Sri Lanka created the rain forest utilizing 50,000 plants, bushes and shrubs of 600 different tropical species imported from the Asia- Pacific region and South America. Sun panels in the ceiling allow the foliage, including several species of fruit-bearing palms, to flourish. 

Visitors are encouraged to take a tour and learn about the complexity of the ecosystem that includes fish, birds and even insects that help keep the forest healthy. The tour also helps educate visitors on issues that threaten the world’s natural rain forests and resources.

Tropical Village also houses much of the resort’s restaurants, bars and shopping opportunities and is an architectural delight. Designers brought the beauty of the Asia-Pacific, Africa and South America to the resort by importing and reconstructing authentic buildings from Bali, Borneo, Samoa and Thailand. Included is an impressive Balinese Temple Gate, a Bali Pavilion reminiscent of a Balinese temple, longhouses of Borneo, Samoan fales and the exquisite Thai House, designed and built by Ladda Teijavnaija, a Thai architect who has designed structures for the Thai Royal Family.


In the center of Tropical Village is the Wayang Stage, where exciting day and evening shows are performed. The variety show blends music, dance and acrobatics. Evening guests can “show and dine” on a tropical barbeque dinner as they enjoy the entertainment.

Sauna and Spa Complex

Guests who need serious pampering or enjoy serious steam may choose to spend their day and evening at the Sauna and Spa Complex. Services are provided for the whole body, mind and spirit.

Tropical saunas – Choose from a stone sauna, tree sauna or herb sauna, all with different techniques and treatment options. The stone sauna is set in a tropical setting with a temperature of 90°C (194°F) and 20-25% humidity. The tree sauna is at a higher elevation, with a temperature of 95°C (203°F) and humidity of 20-25%. Both of these provide fragrant, steam treatments to aid in circulation and skin purification. The herb sauna is an actual Inipi herbal sweat lodge. Radiant heat and selected herbs are distilled through a copper drum that fluctuates and increases the humidity in the room every seven minutes for a stimulating effect.

Other services – Guests can also receive full-body clay baths, massages, masks, facials and facial hair removal, hair and nail services. There is also a fully equipped fitness club to help stay in shape outside of the water features.

Accommodations and Tickets

The resort offers an abundance of overnight accommodations, from tents along the sandy shores of the beach, lodges that overlook the water or hotel rooms within the Thai House and other facilities within the dome.

You can also rent resort apartments and rooms outside the dome but still on facility grounds, as well as bring your own RV for designated areas on site. Seasonal and special packages are offered, as are deals for larger groups.

Single-day passes to the resort vary between 33 and 49 euros, based on discounts and services. Children under 6 receive free admission. Most of the services and some of the attractions are a la carte. To learn more about pass prices, accommodations, shows and more, visit www.tropical-islands.de, or call (0) 354 77 60 50 50 every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Whether you hope to spend a day or a weekend, you won’t want to miss seeing the inside of this outstanding work of architecture and natural design.

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