EDELRID Photo Shoot at Tropical Islands Berlin
Working at Dizzying Heights
I gradually move higher, one foot in front of the other. At the same time, my hand pushes the runner up the steel wire. I glance downwards. We’ve only covered the first few metres and I’m already completely out of breath. The hot temperature and high humidity are getting to me. Little by little, I’m starting to understand what it means to work at height here day after day.
In front of me, Lisa, Klaus and Sven appear to be moving effortlessly. I try to keep up and not get left behind. We’re aiming for the platform underneath the dome. Below us is a somewhat surreal leisure park with small islands, pools, palm trees and restaurants. From up here, the visitors to the attraction look like tiny ants. They haven’t a clue about what’s going on above their heads. We’re occasionally aware of the distant hum of voices. Otherwise, it’s very quiet.
We’re at Tropical Islands, Europe’s biggest holiday resort. Since it opened in December 2004, visitors have flocked to this paradise, which is untroubled by inclement weather. At around 66,000 square metres, it’s gigantic. Cargolifter completed the building in 2000 and originally intended to build airships sheltered from any adverse weather conditions. After Cargolifter’s project failed, a new use for the hangar was sought. In the end, Malaysian corporation Tanjong came up with the idea of turning it into a leisure complex with a tropical look and feel. In 2003, it purchased the disused Cargolifter hangar, which then underwent extensive redevelopment and reconstruction. Tropical Islands has belonged to the Parques Reunidos Group, based in Madrid, Spain, since 2019. Some of the main attractions are the world’s largest indoor rainforest, the tropical sea, lagoon, and a tropical village.