Tempelhof Airport is in the middle of Berlin. Therefore it is easy to get there either by public transportation or car.
There is a possibilty to take a private tour through the Airport with a guide. Since the Airport is being used by the police, multiple companies and for fairs, having a look on the inside on your own is very limited.
Tempelhof was first officially designated as an airport on 8 October 1923. Deutsche Luft Hansa was founded in Tempelhof on 6 January 1926. Prof. Ernst Sagebiel built a terminal building in 1934. Being just minutes away from the center of Berlin Tempelhof-Airport became one of the busiests airports in the world.
Tempelhof’s German commander, Colonel Rudolf Böttger, refused to carry out orders to blow up the base, choosing instead to kill himself. Soviet forces took Tempelhof in the Battle of Berlin on 28 and 29 April 1945. Soviet forces were searching for treasures, hidden places and documents, opening all rooms. On their search, they blew up the fortified entrance to a three level bomb shelter for celluloid films. The explosion immediately ignited the celluloid, turning the film shelter into a furnace and making it impossible to enter for several weeks. The raging inferno led the Soviet commander to order the lower levels to be flooded with water. The shelter is still black from the burning in the 1940’s. It is interesting to see the devestation the explosion caused.
On 20 June 1948, Soviet authorities halted all traffic by land and by water into or out of the western-controlled sectors of Berlin. The only remaining access routes into the city were three 20 mi (32 km)-wide air corridors across the Soviet occupied East-Germany. The Western Allies chose to save West Berlin by supplying its inhabitants with the necessities of life by air and for the next eleven months sustained the city’s 2½ million residents in one of the greatest feats in aviation history. The „Berlin Airlift“ was known as Operation Vittles.
The view of Berlin from the roof of the airport is beautiful!
Tempelhof Airport is an interesting and historically significant place to visit.
If you want to include this location into your city tour with us, please let us know in advance, so we can include the guided service.
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