Once one of the largest airports in the world, Tempelhof stopped operating from 2008. Now, it's considered Berlin's biggest park since its opening in 2010.
Tempelhof was reconstructed by the Nazis in 1936 – this explains its huge scale and it being consistent with the rest of the Nazi architecture that you will come across in Berlin. Adolf Hitler visualised Tempelhof in his desired world capital: Germania. Later in history after Germany had lost the war and after the Russians had searched endlessly looking for potential treasures, the airport was handed over to the Americans.
If you know of Tempelhof, it will most likely be due to the Berlin Air Lift, right? Right. During the Soviet blockade, Tempelhof became crucial for the Berlin Air Lift from June 1948 to May 1949 - this was considered one of the most important periods of West Berlin’s survival as the Soviets blocked all points for any forms of good to get into West Berlin in its attempt of rule.
Where else in the world can you run down a runway where airplanes once lived? Exactly, no where.
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Platz der Luftbrücke