Explore a Water Park Built Inside a Huge German Airship Hangar

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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:

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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.

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Yesterday I was out with some friends who just moved back to the USA from Germany after six years. One of their main supprises back home was lifeguards at pools. They said in Germany there just aren't a lot of lifeguards at pools and if your kid falls from running on the deck, you aren't suing them and the pool might sue you for shutting the place down. Our local community pool has three lifeguards on the sides and three roaming in the pool (but I do live in Nanny State California)