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Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin

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Iconic due to the enormous canopied hangers that protected passengers from the elements when boarding or disembarking the plane, Flughafen Tempelhof is now Berlin's largest public park. The main terminal buildings and hangers play host to numerous events, conferences, and fairs, such as fashion tradeshows and concerts. The size makes this an ideal location for competitive sports, like the Berlin Marathon. Enjoy a day on the green and visit the massive architectural wonders that once represented the world's largest, most advanced airport. Keep your eyes open for species of birds, insects, and plant life that were close to being endangered, but have now begun to reclaim the airport's land. Put Flughafen Tempelhof and other Berlin attractions into our Berlin online trip itinerary planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Did today with friends myth Tempelhof airport the tour. Herum gekraxelt 2 hours by, and at the airport. Who had great guide us led 2 hours over and through the airport. He told so much us something we didn't know the building and the history itself as a genuine Berliner about the origin. Very interesting but also impressive. Recommend only for flight - and historian. Also highly recommended for Berlin. €14.50 that are worth.
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  • Tempelhof airport is an impressive complex in the South of Berlin. It is ideal if you come with your bike, then you can ride on the former airfield. Try to penetrate into the Interior of the building, the architecture is very interesting.
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  • Always wanted to visit Tempelhof Airport, so took the English language tour & met by Celine, who guided us around the amazing construction. Her insightful commentary was a joy from start to finish. Qu...  more »
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  • This is well with a visit if you have the time. Incredible history of what this airport has been and could have been. I went on the English speaking tour and was not disappointed. The tour is 2 hours long and takes you inside, outside, above and below. If you need the English speaking tours of suggest you book online as they fill up quick. Five stars from me.
  • while the local government has been thinking for about 10 years about what to do with the nazi airport it is used by the people because it's a huge area that get's invaded by plants, animals and urban gardening. when the nazis came to power it was used as a death row for political prisoners operated by the gestapo. most of the inmates died there. in 1942 it became the first concentration camp in berlin where about 200 people have been forced to build planes for the luftwaffe. you will hardly find any hint on the airports history - local government rather keeps all the nazi sings and decoration.
  • Was stationed there from 1989-1993. Loved the assignment and the city. Great memories.
  • I had a stunning and weird experience there! The building is quite impressing on the one hand and horrible (not just because of its architecture) on the other hand. It is one of the places where you can encounter history. I went there for open day but unfortunately it was very crowded and the organization did not allowed to take part in a lot of tours there.
  • Works on future Tempelhof airport were started in 1923 by the German ministry of transport. At the time air travel was still a novelty, and prevalent idea was that it will be something akin to a railway travel. As railway terminals were most often placed in the centers of cities, location for new Berlin’s airport was chosen at the edge of city’s wider center, at the extensions of its main north-south axis, Frederickstrasse. The original terminal building, built in 1924, was replaced in the Nazi era by the current building designed by Prof. Ernst Sagebiel and the floor plan was designed to resemble an eagle’s spread wings in theme with the Nazi iconography. Construction of the eagle shaped building was interrupted by WWII, but the building is still one of the world’s largest in square footage, after the Parliament Palace built by former communist dictator Ceaucescou in Bucharest, Romania, several newer international airports, and the Pentagon in the US. There are four levels of tunnels and bunkers under Tempelhof airport, the lower two of which were burned and flooded by Russian troops before it was turned over to the US. Another feature of this airport, not found in its modern counterparts, is the giant canopy roof, high enough to accommodate most of the aircraft used by the airport even in the decades after WWII. The aircraft could taxi all the way to the building and under the canopy. Passengers could then board and disembark from the plane protected from the elements. The mile-long hangar roof was to have been laid in bleacher style tiers to form a stadium for spectators at air demonstrations. Tempelhof Airport ended up surrounded by urban development very quickly. Its awkward placement proved lucky for inhabitants of West Berlin, as it served as a drop off point of US organized airlift, during Soviet blocade of the city in 1948. The airport remained in use throughout the Cold War.
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