This was an operating airport until 2008.. After it closed, countless years and endless arguments followed before the decision was made to re-open the grounds as a park in 2010. Hurray! Its 240- hectare of open space make it the largest park in Europe so you can zip around on your bike, skeelers or board on the 6km long disused runways, grill a sausage on the 2.5 hectare bbq area or tuck into your baguette somewhere on the enormous picnic grounds.
To add to the fun there always seems to be a soft ball game in full swing and there is inevitably a football game to gatecrash.
Apart from the runway still being present, also the air traffic control tower and even a few planes are still eerily frozen in time at their departure gates..
Every Saturday there is a tour of the main airport building which is a historically protected landmark.
On the one hand it's an expression of Nazi ideology as the building served in World War II as a weapons production site using forced labour. On the other, it's a symbol of freedom, with the Air Lift of 1948/49 making the airport famous throughout the world and during Germany's division the airport was the gateway to freedom for many..
address: Columbiadamm 2
website: Airport Tempelhof - Tempelhofer Freiheit
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