At the high of the Berlin Airlift back in 1948, U.S. and British cargo planes landed minutes apart to keep the western half of the city alive amid a Soviet blockade. Now nearly seven decades later, the former airfield in the heart of the reunited German capital could soon become home to herds of wild horses and cattle.
The quirky proposal is part of serious deliberations on how best to care for the massive 303 hectare green space.
Closed as an active airport in 2008, Tempelhof was reopened as a vast park in 2010. Amid initial skepticism, Berliners soon flocked to its wide-open places to picnic and fly kites, as well as skating and bike riding on the old tarmac.
“We are discussing using grazing animals to control the meadows at Tempelhof,” said park manager Michael Krebs, noting the environmental impact would need to be assessed before any final decision.