Berlin is incredibly rich in history, and there is no better way to experience this than by experiencing some of the innumerable monuments and museums, all paying testament to its multi-faceted and compelling history. However, for an authentic, living, and unchanged look into Berlin’s intriguing past, look no further than Europe’s largest historical monument: Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport.
The airport itself is over 90 years old, with the original building being erected in the 1920’s. However, during the 1930’s the building was completely overhauled and turned into an incredibly modern facility (by pre-war standards), exemplifying the technical superiority of the Nazi regime. Following this, during WWII Tempelhof became an armaments production base for the Nazi war effort – utilising forced labour from the nearby concentration camps. Finally, (and most memorably) Tempelhof became the center-piece in the world famous Berlin Airlift, with cargo planes landing every 90 seconds loaded with essential goods for the people of West Berlin.
Therefore, Tempelhof is an incredibly interesting facility with a multi-faceted history that is sure to appeal to all budding historians. What’s more, Tempelhofer Freiheit, the body in charge of the preservation and restoration of the former airport now offer tours of the grounds. We recently took a special tour and the result was simply fascinating.
Find out about our experience, and why you should take a tour too over on the Oh-Berlin blog.