Originally the Tempelhofer Feld was a parade ground. At the weekends and on public holidays, as soon as the military cleared the site, the locals would swarm in their thousands to Tempelhof to enjoy their leisure time. Here, in 1909, Orville Wright organised an air show lasting several weeks and, in September, he succeeded in staying in the air for one hour and set a new world record for altitude of 160 metres.
In 1922, Tempelhof airport was built on the site. It was later expanded starting 1934, but the megalomaniacal project to host 6 million passengers was never completed.
In 1939, the construction site of the planned new airport becomes one of the world’s largest assembly buildings for bomber planes. The work is later done by forced labourers brought in from countries occupied by Germany, who were freed in 1945 by the Red Army. The same year, in July, they handed the airport over to US forces. After extensive repairs, the airport commenced operations again under the name of “Tempelhof Central Airport” (TCA).
During the Berlin blockade from June 1948 to May 1949, Tempelhof Airport becomes the take-off and landing site for the “raisin bombers” which assures the provision of vital supplies for the people in West Berlin and drops sweets, sometimes borne by handmade parachutes, to the delight of the children.
Tempelhof Airport is released for civil air and freight traffic by the American occupation forces in 1951.
Since the airport had reached the limits to its capacity in the 1960s, operations are suspended (after construction of Tegel Airport) from 1975 to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
In 1996, with the construction of the Schönefeld Airport, both Tegel and Tempelhof are closed.
A referendum in 2008 permanently sealed the airport and the city of Berlin reclaimed the 386-hectare open space and one of the world's largest buildings in a central location for public use.
Welcome to the Berliner Philharmonie - location of our next invitational Instameet, coming up this Sunday (23/09/18).
Invited by @berlinphil we are going to get some insights about this stunning space, together with a group of Instagram photographers from Berlin and other cities in Europe.
This time we could only keep very few spots for our #visit_berlin community, so if you are interested in joining the meetup upcoming Sunday, simply send us a direct message with your own full name + eMail adress and we will get in touch with the quickest of you.
UPDATE: All tickets for the Instameet are given away already. Thank you for your messages.