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Park Tempelhof

Updated: Jan 21, 2023

Photo from the Tempelhof Feld Park in Berlin


Tempelhof Park, also known as Tempelhofer Feld, is an urban park in Berlin, Germany, which was formerly the site of Tempelhof Airport. The airport was originally one of the first commercial airports in the world and played a significant role in the history of aviation, particularly during World War II and the Berlin Airlift of 1948-1949.

History of Tempelhof

The area was used for farming until it was transformed to a parade and exercise grounds for the Prussian army in 1722 under Fredrich the I which carried on to World War I. The airport history of Tempelhof begins in 1922 with a landing strip beginning in development and guests landing already in 1924. The terminal still standing today was constructed under the Nazi regime by architect Ernst Sagebiel.

Spared much of the destruction of the Second World War the airport fell into the American sector after the division of Berlin, infamously used during the Berlin Airlift to bypass the Soviet blockade of the city. The airport began functioning in a solely commercial capacity after re-oping in 1985 - closed after the opening of Tegel Airport - until closing in 2008.

The airport was then transformed into a public park, which opened to the public in 2010. The park has been voted by so-called Volksentscheidung to remain a park and has thus avoided development. It is a popular destination for recreational activities such as cycling, kite flying, and picnics, and also hosts a variety of events, including music festivals and flea markets.

Personal Experience

Tempelhof is without a doubt my favorite park in Berlin. I remember when I first heard of it from a friend I was completely puzzled by it. "A park that was an airport" I basically left the thought the moment I heard it because it was so unimaginable. Then one late evening - ok morning - we walked to the park to the enjoy the sunrise and I couldn't believe it. The moment you arrive there on a sunny day you immediately get a good mood. This feeling has stuck with me and I is infectious. With so many happy people in your field of view so quickly I think it is impossible not to enjoy yourself.

But as much as I love Tempelhof here are a few things to keep in mind:

It may be incredibly windy and annoying

Bring a bike

There is almost no shade (except on the northern side)

Drinks and some food are only on the northern and eastern entrances

Grilling is only allowed in designated areas

Most of those points are relevant for any park-day, but just a little more for Tempelhof so just be prepared and enjoy! If you have any questions about this or other parks feel free to email me or use my chat function. I will try and answer as quick as I can.

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