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Tempelhof

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The fourth biggest building in the world stands in Berlin. It’s eighty years old and still not nearly finished. That makes a tour through the former city airport terminal so fascinating: you continuously wonder how the building would look if it would be completely refurbished.

Tempelhof is eternally connected with the nazi architecture and the airlift between 1948 and 1949, when allied planes flew day and night for nine months to supply West Berlin with food and more to counter the Russian blockade of land transport. Since those days it has mainly been a military airport, though it was also occasionally used for charter flights. Since a couple of years Tempelhof is mostly empty and the former quarters of the American army, including a basketball court on the sixth floor, are waiting for a new purpose.

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