Everything that the Nazis did needed to be extraordinary and the biggest in the world. Even though their heads were usually bigger than reality, sometimes they succeeded in their efforts. Tempelhof airport is one of these success stories given that it became the biggest airport area wise in the whole world in the 1930s. Like so many other projects the Nazis started it never really got finished but it looked impressive enough. After the war was over Tempelhof came to play a crucial role in the 1948/49 air lift to supply Western Berlin during the Russian blockade. Being located in the American sector the most centrally located of all airports in Berlin was one of the life lines in and out of Berlin not only for the allies but also for the Berliners. But what was big in the 1930s certainly would not fit the standards anymore for the big new planes of the 1990s and beyond, and so in 2008 the last flight took off from Tempelhof and the airport was shut down. After a long and heated debated a public referendum decided to turn the airfield into a huge recreation area for Berliners to enjoy. Let´s take a walk around the airport (once you come to Berlin also take an inside tour) and the airfield and hear all the stories about it.
Arja has worked for over 13 years as a full-time tour guide in Berlin and all around Europe. She is a studied historian and passionate about all the big and small stories surrounding this beautiful city she calls home. Born and raised in Northwestern Germany, she came to Berlin after finishing university in Hamburg with a Masters degree in history and American literature and having traveled the world for 4 years. With her family roots in the city, she always felt drawn to the multitude of layers of life you can find in Berlin starting with her own family story. Telling stories is what she loves and meeting people from all over the world is the next best thing to traveling the world herself.
Arja has been guiding since Mar 2007
Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Berlin with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.
The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Berlin. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!
While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.
We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.
Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.
Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.
For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.
🇬🇧 Johanna P.
02 April 2021
Arja has a great deal of knowledge on the subject and clearly planned this very well. Very enjoyable trip, thank you.
Alyssa & Faiza G.
01 April 2021
Thanks for an informative tour!
01 April 2021
A testament to the ability of a tour guide to be able to make a tour interesting and that surely belongs to Arja. Today she showed us around an airport, and her stories about the history surrounding it made the hour fly by! She always displays such an ease in communicating with us in the virtual world, that it feels like we are right there with her. I look forward to many more tours, especially in Berlin in the future!
01 April 2021
So knowledgeable, precise and friendly, wonderful guide
01 April 2021
Was hoping to hear more about the Berlin airlift. Learned some about the history of the airport.
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