Could not be overlooked: a huge parabolic antenna leaves Germany’s largest theme park, the Europa-Park in Rust (Ortenaukreis).
The space is needed for a new roller coaster, said a spokeswoman. The dismantled antenna would be disposed of and not rebuilt elsewhere. On Tuesday, a crane lifted out a steel tripod. On Wednesday, the radar dish with a diameter of 45 meters should be dismantled.
At the end of the 1990s, the antenna had moved from a nearby facility of the Federal Intelligence Service to Europa-Park. Moving the 50-ton steel structure was a spectacular operation: "Fortunately, we had a very severe winter at the time, so we were able to cover the 2.5 kilometers from the station on a low-bed truck across the frozen fields, park boss Roland Mack once told. «In ten days, the thing stood on our grounds.»
Background was an extension of the Europa-Park. A parking space was a prerequisite for a highway connection. But the chosen parking area was in the protection area of the secret service. In the course of new area layouts, the park also took over the now technically outdated parabolic antenna and placed it next to the Russian themed area with the roller coaster Euro-Mir. ÜThere is no reliable information about the costs any more.
Until the end, the revolving bowl was an eye-catcher that was seen not only by park guests but also by the audience of the ARD show "Immer wieder sonntags" (Again and again on Sundays) got to see regularly. They are no longer used for espionage purposes, Mack once assured. She was said to be only decoration.
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