Berlin's Tempelhof airport to become tourist attraction
Abandoned civilian airport to reopen to tourists in 2020.
Berlin's Tempelhof airport, a once busy civilian hub adandoned since 2008, is to be transformed into a tourist attraction some 80 years after the structure was developed on the orders of Hitler.
Berlin city authorities have unveiled a €25 million plan to build a 1.2km public terrace on top of the Nazi-era building which is located in the south-central Berlin district of Tempelhof-Schöneberg.
Work will begin next year and the airport complex is expected to open to the public in 2020. In addition to the open rooftop, the visitor experience will include a museum and exhibition space in a renovated airport wing and access to a glass air-traffic control tower.
The original airport was built in 1923 and expanded on a massive scale by the Nazi government in the mid-1930s. It acted as the centre of the Berlin Airlift in 1948-1949 and served as a much-used civilian airport until its closure in 2008.
Over the last decade there have been numerous proposals for the airport which in recent years has housed refugees in hangars on part of the complex.