An exhibition at the former Tempelhof Airport

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Tempelhof Airport and Its History

An Exhibition of the Topography of Terror Foundation at the former Tempelhof Airport

Tempelhof Field had been used since the 19th century to test aviation machines and undertake spectacular flight attempts. The first airport opened on the grounds in 1923, connecting Berlin with many cities in Europe. During the National Socialist era, Tempelhof Field became a stage for propaganda events. The SS ran one of the first concentration camps on the edge of the grounds. In 1936, construction began on a new airport building, one of the largest in the world. During World War II, fighter aircraft were produced and repaired on the airport grounds. Women and men from all over Europe performed forced labor here. During the Cold War, Tempelhof Airport served as a U.S. air force base. At the same time, it was West Berlin’s “gate to the free world.” Today, the former airport grounds in central Berlin are a popular recreational area, attracting visitors from all over the world.

This exhibition examines the vibrant history of Tempelhof Airport. It places a special focus on the National Socialist era, but also addresses the early history of the airport grounds and their development up to the present.

The exhibition was created by the Topography of Terror Foundation as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. More information on the European Cultural Heritage Year at

Exhibition Site

CHECK-IN visitor centre
Platz der Luftbrücke 5
12101 Berlin

Access to the exhibition is barrier-free.

Admission is free.

It is mandatory to wear an medical or FFP2 mask. Please note the applicable distance and hygiene rules. The contact details are registered at the entrance.

Opening Hours

Wed-Mon 10 am to 5 pm
Tue closed

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