In the autumn of 1969 the Spreepark (then still called Kulturpark Plänterwald) opened to the public. At the time, this was the very first (only!) amusement park in Eastern part of Germany. More than 1.5 million visitors came to the park every year. After the fall of the wall, visitor numbers plummeted, because everyone was free to visit amusement parks elsewhere. A new owner was interested to invest in the park, and in 1992 the park was rebuilt and equipped with many new attractions. From this moment on, the park was called Spreepark Berlin. Partly because of the increased entrance fees, visitors stayed away from the renovated amusement park and at the end of 2001 it finally went bankrupt. After the bankruptcy, the owner at that time, left for Peru and also had various attractions shipped in that direction to set up a small-scale amusement park near the capital Lima.
After the closure of Spreepark, the remaining attractions fell into disrepair and the park was swallowed up in the greenery. Theft and vandalism that made it a dilapidated, desolate place. In 2011, the park café reopened on a limited number of days. During the weekend and holidays people could have something to eat and drink among the remains of what was once a thriving amusement park.
In 2014, the area was bought back from the private operator by the state of Berlin. These days a public company called Grün Berlin, takes care of the sight, with the aim of reopening it and making it attractive to the general public. New plans were developed through public participation. In addition to being an amusement park, these will also pay attention to art, culture and nature. The aim is to gradually reopen the park to the public from 2022.