Tempelhofer Feld / Berlin
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The Tempelhofer Feld is one of the biggest, prettiest und most interesting public parks in Berlin. What makes it so unique is that once the whole area used to be an airport, right in the middle of the city. And not a small one, but one used for commercial flights. Now you can run, skate, bike and walk on the former runways. You can lie in the grass and watch the world go by.
The airport Tempelhof was shut down for good in 2008. The former area field turned into a public park, which Berliners and visitors love alike. There are 386 hectares of open space to be enjoyed. It is often quite windy, since the grounds are flat. So this is the ideal place for kite lovers, especially in spring and fall. Hobby gardeners have created a very pretty and enchanting urban-gardening-area with handmade wooden high-level patches, where they grow lettuce, carrots, tomatoes and flowers. It has a raw charm to it. If you want to do a full hike of the whole field, it will take you about two hours.
Dogs are allowed but only if they are kept on a leash, except in three big, fenced off areas where our four-legged friends can run about to their hearts content. There are also three barbecue areas. Otherwise open fire is not allowed on the premises.
The old airport buildings are still standing. They were used for different events but serves now partly as a refugee shelter.