The Tour Of Tempelhof Airport Is Fascinating

Tempelhof Airport is one of the most fascinating buildings in Berlin. It was built by the Nazis who intended it to be the biggest and most impressive airport in the world- they eventually wanted it to also act as a stadium with seats on the roof. After the Second World War the US Military took it over and used it as a base until 1993 and from 1993 until 2008 it worked as a commercial airport. Now Templehof is no longer a working airport and its grand brutal spaces have made ideal backdrops in films such as The Hunger Games, The Bourne Supremacy and Bridge Of Spies. Most recently is has been used to house thousands of the refugees who have arrived in Berlin recent years.

Tours of Templehof are held daily and we did one our recent trip to Berlin. It was fascinating; we¬†wandered around the empty airport, visited the bomb shelters underneath the building, saw the names scratched into the walls by US soldiers, and stood on the roof of the building looking out on to the vast space behind the airport where Nazi rallies were held. Here’s some photographs we took of the tour.

Tempelhof Airport Tour

A mural in the airport from when the US Military used it as a base showing a young German girl greeting an American soldier.

Tempelhof Airport Tour

The huge, empty airport.

Tempelhof Airport Tour

The roof of the airport. The Nazis intended to have seats there like a stadium.Tempelhof Airport Tour

Inside the airport.

Tempelhof Airport Tour

Outside the airport.

Tempelhof Airport Tour

Outside the airport.

Tempelhof Airport Tour

This mural was on the wall of the bomb shelter. It was a famous German cartoon of the time and was intended to entertain the German children as they waited in the shelter.

Tempelhof Airport Tour

The tour group in the bomb shelter under the airport.

Tempelhof Airport Tour

Outside the airport

Tempelhof Airport Tour

The main airport concourse

A corridor inside the airport. Our tour guide told us the building material in the airport was a good metaphor for the Nazi’s ideology – looks grand and expensive on the outside but when you peel back the frontage you realise it’s cheap rubbish.

The walls of the airport.

The new refugee camps outside the airport.

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