Movie Park

Bottrop, Germany | C.1967

Photo Credit: Paul Hiller

Originally opened as Kirchhellener Marchenwald in 1967, the theme park now known as Movie Park Germany has gone by a number of names and themes in its 53 years of operation. Located in western Germany, the park currently consists of seven areas based on popular movies & TV series.

Initially run by a German family named Allektter, the park’s attractions included huts in the woods where visitors could press buttons and listen to fairy tales. Purchased by Hans and Ida Rosenberg in 1976, the park would change hands for another 18 years.

After a shift to introduce more thrill-seeking rides, the park no longer became a destination for families and instead attracted teenagers and young adults. At one point, the park also included Marienhof, a German-themed section that highlighted German culture until it closed in 2004.

At that point, the park became “Movie Park Germany” and now includes newer themes from studios like 20th Century Fox, MGM, and Nickelodeon. The attractions are separated into seven areas including Streets of New York, The Old West, Santa Monica Pier, and Adventure Lagoon where movie and TV fans of all ages to take part in it cinema-inspired entertainment.

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