I have to admit, the Society of American Travel Writers and Tourism Germany are figuring out some very creative places for us to have dinner. Tonight we dined under a 360 degree panorama at Asisi Panometer. The AMAZONIA is the world’s largest panorama, measuring around 106 meters long and 30 meters high. Created on a 1:1 scale, AMAZONIA reveals the complexity and beauty of the faraway Brazilian Rainforest. Photos and videos are normally not allowed but Asisi granted the SATW a waiver so I was able to shoot away.
There is a six meter high viewing platform. The detail of the panorama is incredible. If you look closely, you can discover a caterpillar on a leaf, parrots in the treetops, the most beautiful blossoms or exotic animals, even a sloth hanging from a branch.
In addition to the visual treat, a light installation gradually plunges the whole of the panorama into darkness, as night falls. And then, little by little, dawn breaks again. But that is not all. You are surrounded by the voices of the rainforest – birds, strange animals, even a tropical storm. And the music, specially composed by Erik Babak, underlining the mystery of this rich landscape.
Dinner was a buffet made up of hard to identify foods. it was overcooked and quite bland. Then again, that’s about what I expected from a buffet. Still, the Asisi Panometer was an amazing experience. Add it to your list of stuff to see when you visit Leipzig, Germany.