Tempelhofer Feld

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Tempelhofer Feld (English: Templehof Field) historically was an area in Berlin used for military practice, and as a parade ground of the Berlin garrison. It belonged to the Tempelhofer uplands on the Teltow plateau, in the south of Berlin. Tempelhofer Feld is closely linked to German military and aviation history, as well as German soccer history. Today it is a developed area, with the exception of the Tempelhofer Feld park on the site of the former Tempelhof Airport.

Aerial view of Tempelhof Field, 2017


Excerpt from the supplement to the address book for Berlin and its suburbs, 1907; also highlighted is the Paradepappel
The historic poplar on the Tempelhofer Felde. It stood since the time of the Soldier King and King Frederick the Great. Here, the 3rd Regiment of Foot Guards pass by.
Garden city Neu-Tempelhof and the former Tempelhof Airport on the Tempelhofer Feld, view from the south, 2008
Aerial view of Tempelhofer Feld, May 1, 1933

Parade ground[edit]

The field located between the towns of Schöneberg and Tempelhof, then also known as Großes Feld (Great Field), was used by Schöneberg farmers as farmland until the 18th century. Under Frederick William I, it was also used as a military parade and drill ground from 1722 onwards, as well as a manoeuvring area for the Prussian army. On August 2, 1881, the Hawaiian king Kalākaua was guest of a parade on the field.[1] The function as a parade ground was maintained until spring 1914.

Tempelhofer Feld park[edit]

Opening of the Tempelhofer Park in May 2010

Shortly after the closure of the airport, the space was opened as the so-called Tempelhofer Park, a recreational area in Berlin districts Neukölln and Tempelhof. It is located on the plain traditionally called Tempelhofer Feld, on the Teltow plateau. It covers 355 hectares of the site of the former Tempelhof Airport, including its buildings and surrounding land, making it the largest inner city open space in the world,[2] and Berlin's largest city park.

The park is accessible from sunrise to sunset and can be accessed via ten entrances. Six of them are located at the eastern end of the former runways along Oderstraße, two at Tempelhof station and the Paradestraße U-Bahn at Tempelhofer Damm, and two at Columbiadamm, on the level of the 1866 Islamic cemetery with the Şehitlik Mosque, and Golßener Straße.[3]


  1. ^ Heute Vormittag werden dem Gaste auf dem Tempelhofer Felde verschiedene Regimenter vorgeführt werden. Berliner Gerichts-Zeitung August 2, 1881, p. 3; The King reviewed a large body of infantry the next day [...], William N. Armstrong: Around the world with a king. The Story of the Circumnavigation of His Majesty King David Kalakaua. London, New York 2000. ISBN 0-7103-0291-6, p. 254
  2. ^ Entfaltung auf dem Rollfeld zeit.de vom 10.
  3. ^ "Park Tempelhofer Feld". berlin.de. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 2018-08-20.

Coordinates: 52°28′34″N 13°23′42″E / 52.476°N 13.395°E / 52.476; 13.395