No more TXL. Ever. Anybody who has ever landed at Tegel Airport will certainly remember. We will miss you with all your glorious hexagonalness and strange 70s charme. “Otto Lilienthal” was Germany’s 4th largest airport and famous for it’s unusual shape.
Walking through an empty airport is certainly an eerie experience. The sonambiente festival enabled a last celebration of a Berlin landmark. Of course, there was some art, too. The public address system with more than 1000 loudspeakers was used to fill the halls with sounds. You could listen to Blixa Bargeld performing his piece hexagon, a mix of strange announcements and boarding calls to imaginary places.
We took the first time slot on a Friday morning, so no artsy hipster crowd just yet and most of the people around us were true Berliners actually saying goodbye. Okay, and some people with rather fancy cameras. (I should book a class with Jürgen Herschelmann to learn how to get the most out of my pictures. So can you!)
If old hospitals hold the energy of people long gone, what lives in the halls of Tegel Airport?
Didn’t part of you always want to stand on the conveyor? Well, I can cross this off my list.
Farewell Tegel. The airport you land, and no steps are ready for the plane. A place where you might not collect your luggage cause you were talking and before you knew it, you were out of the security area. The airport you could rock up 2 and a half hours before your flight, not knowing, if you will actually make it on time. A place where you never knew if you were lining up for the bathroom or the check-in. The airport where I drove a friend nearly crazy with my faux French accent cause we were flying to Brussels, obviously, for New Years Eve, as you did life BC.
TXL, how you made us run in circles! All the hellos and goodbyes. All the tears we’ve cried.
What are your TXL stories?
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