‘Swastika’ ride shut down by German amusement park

'Swastika' ride shut down by German amusement park

An amusement park in southwestern Germany has had to shut down a new ride after people quickly noticed that it looked like a big spinning swastika. The “Adlerflug,” German for “eagle’s flight,” will now be redesigned.

The “Eagle Fly” was opened just a few weeks ago, in the park based in Löffingen near Freiburg.

After a video of “Adlerflug” (German for eagle’s flight) was posted online, people quickly pointed out that the ride’s eagle-shaped cars are connected to the structure’s axis at an angle that strongly resembles a swastika, the notorious symbol of Nazi Germany.

After a social media backlash, the owners of the amusement park decided to close the ride immediately and redesign it together with the Italian manufacturer. The rest of the park’s attractions will continue normal operations.

Rüdiger Braun, owner of the amusement park, said he was sorry about the ride’s design.

“First of all, I would like to emphasize that I would like to apologize with all form to all persons who feel disturbed and insulted by our design,” Braun told the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Braun added that the ride would be redesigned with three spinning eagles, rather than four.

“Then we will have this problem under control,” he said.

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