Berlin Tempelhof Airport was one of the spots that we wanted to visit in Berlin. The airport was built in the 1920’s and had been an iconic airport for decades, e.g., by the famous Berlin Airlift which with the allied forces supplied West Berlin once surface traffic was blocked by the Soviet Union in 1948.
Other historic events happening in the airport (quoted from Wikipedia):
In 1909, Frenchman Armand Zipfel made the first flight demonstration in Tempelhof, followed by Orville Wright later that same year. Tempelhof was first officially designated as an airport on 8 October 1923. Deutsche Luft Hansa was founded in Tempelhof on 6 January 1926.
[…] described by British architect Sir Norman Foster as “the mother of all airports”.
The airport closed operations in 2008.
The coincidence was that the Berlin marathon fair was organized at Tempelhof thus we didn’t need to schedule the visit since we would go there to pick the running bibs.
See below some pictures from the airport.
I had some fun with my brother remembering that the airport is also featured in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (when they get into a zeppelin). I tried to find in Youtube some scenes in which the airport could be recognised, but the only scene that I find related to it is when Indiana and his father are already aboard the zeppelin:
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The grand finale of the Berlin trip was a visit to the mother of all modern airports, Berlin-Tempelhof. The building that is now known as the airport was constructed by the Nazis in the 1930s and for two years went on to be the largest building in the world. Since then, it played a key role in a lot of historic events including the second world war, the cold war and the German reunification. It was shut down in 2008 but is now anything but abandoned.
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