Berlin decides on Tempelhof

Tempelhof is peaceful and quiet now. The impressive terminal building is in the background of this picture. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
Tempelhof is peaceful and quiet now. The impressive terminal building is in the background of this picture. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

The people of Berlin want the famous disused airfield of Tempelhof to remain what it is now: a park for everybody to have a leisurely stroll or to relax otherwise. This is the result of a referendum that was held on Sunday 25 May, together with elections for the European Union.

Plans for building appartements in the space that is now occupied by disused taxiways and runways plus the green meadows in between them, can now be thrown away, as 64 percent of the voting Berliners voted against them. Berliners want Tempelhof to remain a recreational area.

It was the 1948 Berlin Airlift that earned Tempelhof its worldwide fame. It lasted for fifteen months, and the numbers are astounding: allied C-47s and C-54s delivered over 2,326,406 tons of goods to West Berlin, for which over 278,000 flights were needed.

Tempelhof ceased operations in 2008. The monumental 450 meter long terminal builing is impressive in particular. It once was the largest building in the world.

© 2014 AIRheads’ editor Elmer van Hest

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