A Tour Through The Abandoned Airport Tempelhof in Berlin

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The airport Tempelhof is more than just an abandoned building, it is a symbol for Berlin’s turbulent history in the 20th century. Even before there was an airport, flight history was made here. Orville Wright was flying here from record to record in September 1909. In the 1920ies and 30ies the actual airport was built and was instrumentalized later by the Nazis for their ideology and served in World War 2 as as a weapons production site using forced labour.

abandoned airport tempelhof

Through the airlift 1948/49 the airport became a symbol for freedom and in the following years a place full of glamour when international and national celebrities arrived here. Since 2008 the airport is abandoned. But its history is not over yet. On the former airfield you’ll find nowadays jogger, cyclists, kite surfers, picknickers.

But what fascinates most is the building itself. Throughout the year there are many events happening here, like the Berlin Festival and the fashion fair Bread and Butter. I’ve always thought these would be the rare moments you can actually go INTO the building. But that’s not true.

abandoned airport tempelhof

There are different guided tours in and around abandoned airport Tempelhof:

– Public tours

– Photography tours

– Group tours

– Special tours

Every day there are different times for the different tours. You can get tickets here.

You won’t see every corner of the 300.000 square meter big building, but that would actually impossible on a 2 hours tour. Fun fact: If you would go for lunch each day in a different room of the airport, it would take you around 3 years until you’ve been in every room. Amazing, right?

abandoned airport tempelhof

I really enjoyed walking up and down stairs and floors where you can see from the layer of dust that no one has been here for a long time. My highlight was the view from the roof.

abandoned airport tempelhof

abandoned airport tempelhof

abandoned airport tempelhof

Hi, I'm Yvonne. Travel addict. Guilty as charged. Right now I'm probably falling off a camel somewhere in a desert, getting a new tattoo from a monk in Thailand or am carrying my luggage through a river in the jungle. But just as well I could be sitting on my sofa in Berlin, in my pyjamas. Good girls to to heaven, bad girls go everywhere. Everywhere sounds much more promising. So be travelous and follow me!

Discussion2 Comments

  1. Germany has a lot of abdomned spaces… They’re so great sometimes, you just want to build them up again. Nice Blog by the Way 😀

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