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Discover an abandoned airport


For sports, barbecues, gardening, or just hanging out, the former Tempelhof airport is a favourite place for Berliners.

After closing in 2008, the Berlin-Tempelhof International Airport's 386 hectares of land (and third largest building in the world in terms of floor area, behind the Pentagon and the presidential palace in Bucharest) was turned into a park.

Larger than Central Park, it has a six-kilometre paved path for bikes, skaters, and joggers, two-and-a-half hectares for barbecues, four hectares of grass for dogs, half a hectare of shared gardens, and a huge picnic area open to everyone.

At the edge of Neukölln, one of the new trendy neighbourhoods, it is a weekend meeting place for Berliners. Every element of the old airport has been put to use, right down to the red and white blocks that were used to organise traffic on the tarmac, which are now benches. The three entrances, on Columbiadamm, Tempelhofer Damm, and Oderstraße, are open from sunrise to sunset.

Tempelhofer Damm 1-7
12107 Berlin

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