Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport set to debut

May 4, 2012 – A new, international airport will open on June 3 in Berlin, Germany, with the ability to serve as many as 27 million passengers this year.

Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport will serve as a hub for several airlines, bringing a new ease to travel to and from Germany. A railway station under the airport’s check-in terminal will provide connections with the wider region or a 25-minute ride to the center of Berlin.

The new airport, under construction since 2006, will replace three older airports in the city. Tempelhof Airport has been closed since 2008, and Tegel Airport and Schönefeld Airport will close this year (although Schönefeld’s southern runway will become the northern runway of the new airport).

The airport terminal is designed to be modern and spacious, and with future expansion plans, the airport will eventually be able to accommodate up to 45 million passengers a year. Expansive check-in areas and jet bridges will help keep passengers flowing smoothly. The new airport’s busiest routes are expected to be between Berlin and several other cities in Germany, as well as London, Paris, Zurich, Palma de Mallorca, Vienna, Amsterdam and Moscow.

Those flying into Berlin will find hundreds of things to do and see in the city. Many tourists head directly to the remains of the historic Berlin Wall, but there is much more to see. For example, take in the panoramic view of the city through the glass roof of the Reichstag, home of the German parliament; explore utilitarian art at the Bauhaus Museum; or visit the massive Sunday flea market at Mauer Park, one of many beautiful parks in Berlin.

There are also lots of options for fun a day trip outside the city. Take a train to Frankfurt-on-Oder – along Germany’s border with Poland – to see the unmistakably Gothic-style town hall, post office, and Friedenskirche (Church of Peace). Head to the Spreewald Forest for a day of paddle boating or canoeing on the Spree River. Or, visit Neuhardenberg Castle, which dates back to the late 18th century.

To book your flight into the new airport and plan things to do and see in Berlin, talk with your travel professional.

Robbert van Bloemendaal, Blue Ribbon News special contributor and world traveler

This travel column was written by special contributor Robbert van Bloemendaal, an experienced world traveler, native of Australia, an Ambassador with the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce, and president of  Travel Leaders of Rowlett.

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