Explore a Water Park Built Inside a Huge German Airship Hangar

Drive 45 minutes outside of Berlin, and you'll find a hulking airship hangar once known as the Aerium—the largest free-standing building in the world. Today, the place is known as Tropical Islands Resort, a family fun hotspot that Casey Neistat and his son recently had the pleasure of visiting. Obviously, they brought back video.

The Aerium was built in the 1990s, when a German company called CargoLifter built it to house a cargo airship it was developing. Needless to say, the effort failed, and in 2003, a Malaysian company called Tanjong bought the place, which looked like the image on the left before it was transformed:

Explore a Water Park Built Inside a Huge German Airship Hangar

A year later, Tropical Islands had opened its hot, humid, fun-filled doors. Inside, you'll find all manner of pools and slides—plus, according to Neistat, a whole crap load of cockroaches. Fun! [Digg]

Lead image: Tropical Islands Resort.