Move Over Mickey: Switzerland's Erich von Däniken Land Has Reopened
Remember Erich von Däniken? If you grew up in the 1970s, you couldn't escape him. His book, Chariots Of The Gods? was a huge hit, alleging alien visitors not only walked the Earth over the millennia, but also left a fossil and artistic record of their presence.
What I have somehow managed to miss over the last few years was the construction of an entire amusement park, based on von Däniken's ideas. According to its website, Mystery Park, located in Interlaken, Switzerland "present(ed) the unexplained, yet real phenomena found in various historical and archeological sites around the globe."
Major pavilions included:
- Vimanas, which depicted ancient flying machines that supposedly appear in ancient artwork from India, and ancient orbiting space cities. Anciently.
- Maya, which would have been the E-ticket ride to be on when the world comes to an end in 2012.
- Contact, a pavilion that presented the odd "cargo cults" of New Guinea that arose after World War II—isolated tribes of people who saw allied soldiers as aliens who came in bizarre flying machines, and imitated (and perhaps venerated them as gods) after they left.
- Orient, which explored the great pyramid at Giza.
- Megastones, like Stonehenge and other lesser known sites.
- Nazca covered the famed lines in Peru.
- And much more.