From 10 to 12 June Berlin and its former Tempelhof airport will host an unmissable summer concert full of exceptional guests: Muse, Royal Blood, The Strokes and Florence + The Machine, just to name a few. If you are in or are passing through Berlin these days, you absolutely cannot miss a similar location to attend a concert. Tampelhof Airport is a place to visit for its lived history. It was designed between 1936 and 1939 by the architect Ernst Sagebiel and, at that time, it was the largest European airport and the main link between West Berlin and the rest of the world.
Although the construction of Tempelhof was not completed due to the start of the Second World War, a first plane with aid and supplies landed here in 1948. In 1951 Tempelhof began to welcome civil air traffic again and, the restoration of the damage caused by the war, meant that this could once again become an important German airport.
Tempelhof Airport was completed in 1962 and saw celebrities, athletes and movie stars pass by. In the early 1970s, the airport becomes too small for the growing demands of new jet planes and air traffic moves to the new Tegel airport. Here only the flights of the American Air Force continue to land, until 2088 when Tempelhof closes definitively.
With a 2014 referendum, the Berliners reject the project to build in this area and the former airport becomes a venue for trade fairs and major events.
Not all donuts succeed with a hole. Around the world there are many buildings born as airports or stations that were supposed to serve millions of tourists but, in a short time, they ended up deteriorating or in disuse. There are thousands to be honest but, in this article we went looking for some of the ones that intrigued us for history, charm and more. Here they are with photos below:
Nicosia International Airport was once the main airport on the island of Cyprus. Much of the airport is now disused and is now used in part as a headquarters for the United Nations peacekeeping forces;
2. Detroit’s Michigan Central Station was originally a warehouse closed for a fire in late 1913 and opened as a station in early 1914 … Formed by a 13-story office tower, it was one of the tallest buildings at the time in the world. The station remained open until 1988 and now only minor renovations have been done, until 2018, when the Ford Motor Company purchased the building for various uses.
3. The Gudauta train station in Abkhazia is an example of how far it left the war and the subsequent abandonment of many historic buildings. If you want to read and see more photos about this region, you can read our dedicated article.
4. The Athens-Ellinikon airport was the Athens international airport until 2011 then, with the arrival of the new airport it was completely abandoned. It is located 7 km from the Greek capital and since 2011 a museum dedicated to Olympic Airways, the Greek national airline, has been opened.
5. The Canfranc station was closed in 1970 following an accident with no injuries … It is the border station between France and Spain and, having different gauge railways, it also served as an exchange and transport of goods and people between the two countries. It is currently only affected by local traffic.
6. Ciudad Real International Airport or Ciudad Real International Airport opened in 2009 but in 2012 the company that ran it went bankrupt and Vueling also withdrew the last flight. In 2019 it was reopened without any success.