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
Photo: Herman@ flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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
Photo: Robert Agthe@ Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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

Overall rating
4.7 / 5
based on 2,250 reviews

It was a great thorough tour. One of the best tours I have ever taken. Very informative and detailed. You get to see a whole lot of the airport and learn lots about its history and future. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and detailed in his explanations. He walked us through the entire tour with ease and efficiency. It was a rather long tour, but not one minute of it I was bored. It was very interesting. Definitely recommend.

We got many detailed explanations of the history of the place and it was very good. The tour guide was clear and professional. Some recommendations for improvement: The group was too big Many black and white paper print images have been featured and can now be viewed simply on a tablet or in more advanced ways We would also like to tour the rest of this large building The tour focused on a very small part of the building

We loved Tempelhof, my 10yr old thought it was fantastic and probably one of his highlights of Berlin. The guide was brilliant and gave lots of information on both the history and the architecture. I would recommend this tour to anyone, however there is a lot of walking and most of it is up and down stairs, so make sure you’re able to manage it before booking.

Isabelle was a fantastic tour guide and was a wealth of interesting knowledge, and spoke nearly flawless English. The tour started promptly at 1:30 and went about 15 minutes past the 2-hour mark. Learned so many interesting factoids today!

Airport with great history, depicts the years around WWII and Cold war very well. The tour is outside of the building 40% of time, so don't leave the jackets in the reception if you are visiting during colder months.