Airport Berlin-Tempelhof (THF)

Would you like to take some photos inside and around a disused airport? In 2008 one of the first airports in Germany was shut down: Airport Berlin-Tempelhof (THF).

The former runways, called Tempelhofer Feld or – officially – Tempelhofer Freiheit, is now a recreation area for all sorts of sports.

The construction of THF started in 1923; soon it became one of the world’s biggest airports. The terminal building being built between 1936 and 1941 forms a quadrant of 1.2 kilometers length. It was still in use until the shut-down.

Although very impressive from outside, Berlin Tempelhof Airport is even more stunning inside. To visit these premises you have to apply for a guided tour.

Absolutely unique are the huge arc-shaped aircarft hangars. These were supposed to resemble a giant eagle in flight.

Within the guided tour you may visit the underground bunkers and the burned film archive. Even 75 years after the devastating fire you smell the smoke.

Berlin Tempelhof Airport was in the Center of the Berlin Airlift in 1948-49 – the monument commemorates the pilots who lost their lives while saving the people of Berlin.