Tempelhof

Tempelhof

In Tempelhof, old buildings from the Wilhelminian period alternate with more recent apartment buildings and single-family homes. And then there is Tempelhof Field.

  • Tempelhof - New Tempelhof© Franziska Delenk
    Platz der Luftbrücke on the border to Kreuzberg
  • Tempelhof - New Tempelhof© Franziska Delenk
    Manfred-von-Richthofen-Straße
  • Tempelhof - New Tempelhof© Franziska Delenk
    Gatehouses in Manfred-von-Richthofen-Straße
  • Tempelhof - New Tempelhof© Franziska Delenk
    Peaceful living in the Fliegersiedlung
  • Tempelhof - New Tempelhof© Franziska Delenk
    Houses in the Fliegersiedlung
  • Tempelhof - Old Tempelhof© Franziska Delenk
    Friedensplatz
  • Tempelhof - Old Tempelhof© Franziska Delenk
    Houses in Old Tempelhof
  • Tempelhof - Old Tempelhof© Franziska Delenk
    Residential street in Old Tempelhof
  • Tempelhof - Old Tempelhof© Franziska Delenk
    Old residential buildings in Old Tempelhof
  • Tempelhof - Old Tempelhof© Franziska Delenk
    Old building in Blumenthalstraße
  • Tempelhof - Old Tempelhof© Franziska Delenk
    Klarensee in the Old Park (Alter Park)
  • Autumn in Tempelhof© www.enrico-verworner.de
    Old Park
  • Tempelhof - Old Tempelhof© Franziska Delenk
    Street near the Old Park
  • Tempelhof - Old Tempelhof© Franziska Delenk
    Wulfilaufer on Teltow canal
  • Spring in Tempelhof© www.enrico-verworner.de
    Tempelhofer Damm
  • Summer in Tempelhof© www.enrico-verworner.de
    Tempelhofer Hafen
  • Kitesurfing on Tempelhof Field© dpa
    Kitesurfing on Tempelhof Field
  • Tempelhof Airport & Tempelhof Field© dpa
    A man lies in a hammock at the former Berlin-Tempelhof airport, enjoying the tranquility of the vast disused airfield.
The lifeline of the Tempelhof district is Tempelhofer Damm. The federal highway, also known as the T'damm, crosses Tempelhof from north to south almost in a straight line. The city highway and railroad line run through the district From west to east. Life in Tempelhof is somewhat more exciting north of the highway, not far from the border with Kreuzberg, in the neighborhood of the former Tempelhof Airport.

Manfred-von-Richthofen-Kiez

Neighborhood life is thriving around the northern part of Manfred-von-Richthofen-Straße with its largely renovated old buildings. Since the closure of Tempelhof Airport, the area has become more attractive for residents. Many hip cafés, restaurants and small stores recently opened here, but the old working-class pubs and bars still remain. This mix off hipness and down-to-earth charm is very typical of Tempelhof. The neighborhood's immediate proximity to Kreuzberg adds to its popularity.

Fliegerviertel

The garden city of New Tempelhof around the southern part of Manfred-von-Richthofen-Straßse is also known as the Fliegerviertel (aviation district) because many streets are named after World War I fighter pilots. It is the largest of several 1920s non-profit housing estates in Tempelhof. The semi-detached and terraced houses are interspersed with gardens. The perimeter features many four- to five-story apartment buildings. Many streets are arranged in a ring, with a central corridor of trees and greenery.

Oberlandstraße and Bärensiedlung

The neighborhood between Oberlandstraße and the ciy highway on the border to Neukölln has an island location, similar to the Rote Insel in Schöneberg. However, there are no typical neighborhood pubs and stores here. Between Schaffhausener Straße and Bacharacher Straße is the Bärensiedlung (Bear Distric) from the 1930s, which is listed as a garden monument. In the rest of the area, you will find a scattered development of single-family homes, public institutions, a church, 1950s apartment blocks, smaller businesses and supermarkets.

Old Tempelhof

The area south of the city highway and east of Tempelhofer Damm features housing developments of many different decades. Around Bosepark, Franckepark, Lehnepark and Alter Park, renovated expensive old buildings and cobblestone streets lined with old trees dominate the picture. Francketeich, Klarensee and Wilhelmsteich are remnants of the ice age. Other such kettle lakes from the ice age can be found at Alboinplatz and at the Eythstraße cemetery. Still further southwest, in the direction of Steglitz, rises the Marienhöhe. This old mountain of rubble has long since been taken back by nature. The surrounding single-family housing estate is adorned with well-tended gardens.

Tempelhof Field

A large part of Tempelhof is occupied by the Tempelhof Field (Tempelhofer Feld). This former airport site has long since become a recreational park. Cyclists, skaters and joggers use the asphalt circuit while the runways are occupied by kite surfers and hang gliders. The now rare skylark breeds in the meadows. Sheep are used seasonally to maintain the landscape and when the grass is mowed in late summer and pressed into magnificent bales of hay, life here sometimes feels almost rural. Here, only the thunder of the highway reminds you that you're still in the middle of the German capital.

Last edited: 10. June 2021

Portrait of Tempelhof