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You'll Never Guess What's Inside This Former Soviet Airplane Hangar


Would you believe this ...

(Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

...could be inside this?

(Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Or that this freezing cold family...

(Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

...will soon be doing this?

(Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The giant airplane hangar turned resort called Tropical Islands is located on a former Soviet air force base in Brandenburg, Germany.

The main Tropical Island hall is 1,181 feet long, nearly 689 feet wide and 351 feet tall. According to the resort's website, the Statue of Liberty could easily fit inside, as could eight football fields.

Attractions include a Bali Lagoon with cave and waterfall, sandy beaches, an African Jungle Lift, the tallest water slide in Germany, miniature golf, balloon rides and what it calls the world's largest indoor rainforest.

The resort actually opened in 2004, but recent photos of it drew our attention. According to the company's website, transforming from an airplane hangar into a tropical escape was "a huge challenge for the architects."

"[The] construction needed to be able to withstand the volume of rain and snow that could accumulate on a 70,000 m2 roof, and the heating demands were also considerable. Almost 14,000 tonnes of steel were used for the building," the company stated.

Here are more photos of the resort:

Watch this promotional video for Tropical Islands:

(H/T: NeatORama)

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