Soak up the "sun" on the world's biggest indoor beach

Outside of Miami and LA, there are few places in the world where fake is better than real. Germany's Tropical Islands Resort, the planets's largest indoor water park in Krausnick, is definitely one of them.

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Built inside an old airplane hangar almost 200 miles from the actual ocean, TIR's a 1181ft x 689ft faux paradise of sun and surf where the temp stays at 80F and the sky's always blue -- but only because it's painted on one of the walls.

Wikimedia user Tropical Islands Resort

Not only that, there're themed sections like the Tropical Village, Rainforest (with over 50,000 plants), and Bali Lagoon, which boasts a spa, waterfall, and hot air balloon! The park's even tricked out with bungalows you can rent overnight, a full restaurant, and a beach bar for all your favorite German-styled island libations.


The only catch, the place can reportedly handle 6,000 beachgoers at one time; and with only 400 beach-beds, good luck finding a spot to throw your towel down!

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Follow her to fake paradise on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.