Tempelhof — Today and Yesterday

September 27, 2011 § 2 Comments

I once walked to the airport.

It was a long time ago and I was living with my friend Beate in her mega 195 square meter apartment near the Dudenstrasse. I think it was 1993. I had to go to Brussels for work and the flights to the Belgium capital left from the Tempelhof Airport. We lived three blocks away, so I walked to the airport.

It was the first and only time I have ever walked to an airport. It was really cool.

That’s what I thought about yesterday when I rode by my old flat. My son Arnold and I rode bikes to Tempelhof, which has since been shut and is now a huge play park.

You can ride on the runways. That’s pretty cool too.

You can actually do all sorts of things on this massive piece of property. There is an artist-designed miniature golf course.


That’s actually a “hole” on the miniature golf course — artistically designed in steel. I wondered if there is something like that in the States. Doubt it. There are places to barbecue, play beach volleyball and just hang out at Tempelhof. People were not only riding their bikes, but roller skating, jogging and walking.

It reminded me of Central Park without the trees and the ice skating rink.

And Arnold actually had a good time and wants to go back — to Tempelhof that is. He still wants to return to the States asap, but at least he wants to go back to Tempelhof.

That’s pretty cool too.

§ 2 Responses to Tempelhof — Today and Yesterday

  • annemarie funk says:

    You do write wonderful stories, I am glad Arnold likes Templehof. Has he been to the Pergamon museum, he would like that. You are doing a great job with the children and yourself!

    • Thanks Annemarie. You know I was thinking of you and wanted to send an email but am glad you are following the blog. We haven’t been to the Pergamon yet. Not sure if it’s up Arnold’s alley. His geography class is going to the Bundestag tomorrow. That should be exciting.

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