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A carousel spins inside the cooling tower of the Kalkar nuclear power station. In Kalkar in 1972, construction was started on the SNR-300, the first fast breeder nuclear reactor in Germany. The reactor was designed to use plutonium as fuel and be cooled by sodium, and was to output 327 megawatts of energy. Opposition against the project grew after 1979 Three Mile Island and 1986 Chernobyl disasters and 1991 the projetct was cancelled. It remained as one of the most expensive heaps of trash in the world. The grounds were sold in 1991 to a Dutch investor who, leaving the reactor building in place, set up an amusement park called &quot;Kernies Wunderland.&quot; The name was eventually changed to the &quot;Wunderland Kalkar,&quot; which today occupies the grounds as well as the unused reactor.