The capital's airport is named after Willy Brandt (1913–1992), who is regarded as one of the most outstanding statesmen of the 20th century.
Willy Brandt Wall
Giving his name to the capital’s airport acknowledges an internationally highly regarded politician who, as a German, European and world citizen, successfully advocated understanding among nations and the expansion of cross-border meetings like no other.
Leading figure in the unification process
A dream came true for Willy Brandt on 9 November 1989 with the fall of the Wall and the downfall of the communist regimes in the East. His commentary on the border opening, which also refers to the whole of Europe, soon became a dictum for German-German unification: “Now what belongs together will grow together.”
The national leader Brandt energetically supported the rebuilding of democracy in East Germany and the restoration of German unity in peace and freedom. 3 October 1990 was the highlight of his political career. The former chancellor remained closely linked with the German capital right until the end. He successfully campaigned for the seats of parliament and government to be moved to Berlin.
More than a chancellor
Peace, democracy and human rights
Rich in history
Accompany Willy Brandt through his different phases of life and learn more about the namesake of the BER.