Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt, as BER is officially called, is named after one of the 20th century’s most prominent figures: Willy Brandt. The Willy Brandt wall at the arrivals area commemorates the politician and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, whose commitment to European unification and Ostpolitik (policies towards East Germany) paved the way towards German reunification.
Upon arrival, you can now take a tour through the history of aviation. The streets and squares all around BER pay tribute to figures and personalities who helped shape German aviation into what it is today. For example, the access road bears the name Melli-Beese-Ring, Germany’s first female pilot.
This exhibition allows those who are curious to embark on a journey through the history of flight in the Berlin Brandenburg region with the help of typical airport elements, such as pictograms. In the centre stands the airport itself, while the exhibition illuminates the origin story of BER through various perspectives.
At Terminal 1, you will be met by some impressive pieces that turn the airport into a location for art. These art pieces, created by international artists, orientate themselves around the theme of “air-land”. Among others, a starry sky and an oversized, red carpet towering over the check-in hall invite you to dream and linger.
Departing and landing fliers, aeroplanes with peculiar designs or the colourful bustle on the apron: From the observation deck, onlookers can experience events at BER airport up close. The observation deck offers big and small aeroplane fans an unparalleled view out onto the apron.