History at a glance

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1909

(29 August) Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin shows off his LZ 6 over Tempelhof Field

1909

(4-17 September) Orville Wright's air shows at Tempelhof Field

1909

(23-27 September) Advertising flights by Hubert Latham over Tempelhof Field

1910

(August 31) The Prussian military sells the western part of Tempelhof Field to the Tempelhof municipality

1912-1914

First phase of construction of the western side of Tempelhof Field, led by architect Bruno Möhring

1920

(27 April) Formation of the municipality of Greater Berlin, incorporating Tempelhof

From 1920

Second phase of construction on the western side of Tempelhof Field: Garden suburb “Tempelhof Field Village”, designed by architects Fritz Bräuning and Eduard Jobst Siedler

1921-1924

Establishment of the Tempelhof Field city park at the northern edge of the site

1923

(8 October) Opening of Tempelhof Airport, initially called “Tempelhof Field Airport”

1924

(19 May) Founding of the Berlin Airport Company

1924-1925

First phase of construction of the Tempelhof Airport hangars, led by architects Heinrich Kosina and Paul Mahlberg; work on the radio and telegraph station is led by architect Fritz Bräuning

1925-1928

Construction of Neukölln Sports Park along Oderstraße

1926-1929

Construction of Tempelhof Airport's main building, led by architects Paul and Klaus Engler

1926

(6 January) Founding of the “Deutsche Luft Hansa” company

1927

“Ocean flyer” Clarence D. Chamberlin and partner Charles A. Levine land their “Columbia” airplane initially in Cottbus, then at Tempelhof Airport

1929

Prince-August-von-Württemberg-Straße is renamed as Columbiastraße

1933

(1 May) Following the Nazis' assumption of power, the first mass rally in Berlin is arranged for 1 May at Tempelhof Field; the rallies of the following two years as well as other big Nazi events also take place here

1933-1934

Gestapo prison Columbia-Haus (former military detention centre)

1934-1936

Concentration camp Columbia


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Picture credit: Sven Dörfel

Tours of the airport building and the emerging park landscape

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