Tempelhof Airport
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Top Activities at Flughafen Tempelhof

This unique space in the middle of southern Berlin was one of the city's airports until it closed in 2008. Now a public park, Tempelhof's boundless opportunities for fun paired with a turbulent history make it one of the most fascinating places in Berlin.

Steeped in history

Steeped in history

The first flight from Tempelhof was made in 1909 and in 1948 the famous Berlin Airlift took place here. Take a fascinating tour of the secret underground part of the building!

Sports
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Sports

Do a cycle tour, rollerblade, or kiteboard along the tarmac where jumbo jets once taxied. Dogs are also welcome in the dog run!

Quaint but headstrong

Quaint but headstrong

Tempelhof captures the true Berliner spirit, with community gardens in the park. Locals recently rejected plans to build an apartment complex on the on the old airfield!

BBQ time!

BBQ time!

There are three designated places to enjoy a barbecue on the field - look out for the word "Grillplatz." These are located in the south-west, south-east and northern areas.

Enjoy life slowly
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Enjoy life slowly

You don't even need to come to Tempelhof with a purpose. After some food in the hip Neukölln neighborhood, just drop by for a stroll or catch the sunset.

Our insider tips

When to visit

The park is open and worth a visit all year round, but you'll find that as far as outdoor activities go, it really comes to life in the spring and summer.

Opening hours

The opening and closing times vary by season - in June and July, the height of summer, it's open for most of the day, from 6:00AM to 10:30PM. In the winter, it can close as early as 5:00PM. As a guideline, it's open from sunrise to sunset.

Price

Free all year round! Be sure to factor in sports equipment rentals from independent sellers, however.

Getting there

There are two main points of entry. Tempelhof station (on the U6 and Ringbahn) is, as the name suggests, directly across the street from the park. On the north-east side, there's Boddinstraße station (on the U8), a 10-minute walk away from the entrance.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Generally speaking, the park is open from sunrise to sunset, which can vary greatly by season.
  • Is it expensive?
    The park is always free, but you may want to rent bikes or other sports equipment on-site.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide is not necessary here.
  • How to get there
    The park is easily reachable from the U6/Ring Tempelhof station, or the U8 Boddinstraße station.
  • Additional information

    • The park can get very windy at times, so dress accordingly.

    • Grilling is only allowed in specified areas, and you must clean up after yourself!

What people are saying about Tempelhof Airport

Fascinating insight into a historically significant place

A really interesting trip around a real historic gem that reflects Berlin’s 20th Century story. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the trip interesting

A Great Insight into the evolution of the Airport

This was a very educational tour of Templehoff. We saw lots of different sides of the airport. The tour guide was very knowledgable and helpful. We then walked out onto the Runway. A great place to be

superb tour full of interesting places inside the airport....

...and a very nice tourguide, who told the stories like an artist painting pictures with the whole moving body … congratulation and thanks a lot!!!

Berlin Tempelhof Airport: The Legend of Tempelhof Reviewed by Katrin, 08/19/2018

Unbelievable site you have to discover !

Céline was an excellent guide : she knows her subject, has updated informations and took her distances with all the myths you can listen/read about the Tempelhof airport. This 2 hours walk in different rooms and floors was totally great. To see this part of History (and aeronautics) is amazing. A whole empty airpoirt for the group where you can imagine parts of daily history but also see the details of architecture, organization, uses throughout the times etc. Highly recommanded! Be carreful to arrive 10 minutes at least before the visit starts for with your ticket.

Interesting place. Guide could’ve been more engaging.

Interesting to learn about the airport. Saw many places throughout the airport. I’ve had more entertaining guides before, but she seemed well-informed.

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