Airlift Memorial Frankfurt
Just a stone’s throw from the Main metropolis of Frankfurt am Main, you will find the Frankfurt Airlift Monument, located to the south of Frankfurt International Airport. This duplicate of the Berlin original commemorates the supply of the present capital by the Western Allies, which was isolated by the Soviet occupying power in 1948.
A short 10-minute drive along the A5 from Frankfurt in the direction of Heidelberg brings you to the parking lot “Zeppelinheim viewing platform and air bridge memorial”. From the parking lot, one walks along a surfaced forest path, crosses the pedestrian bridge over the A5 highway and has already arrived at the viewing platform. Here you keep left, then after a few meters you can hardly miss the entrance to the monument. Admission to the Airlift Memorial is free of charge. It is a small exhibition with a memorial column and two airplanes. A ” candy bomber” on the left side and a Douglas C-47 Dakota on the right side. Both planes were used to bring food to Berlin by air when the city was isolated.
Learning from the past
The site of the monument is located on the edge of the former Rhine-Main Airbase. A former base of the US Air Force. In 2005, however, this base was left by the Americans and the key to the site was handed over to Fraport. The new Terminal 3 of Frankfurt Airport is currently being built in this area.
After the informative tour of the small site, it is a good idea to stop at the viewing platform on the way back to the parking lot. From here, you have a beautiful view of the entire Frankfurt Airport and the southern runway. The landing planes of all sizes fly right over your head and seem to be close enough to touch. A popular photo spot for amateur photographers and aircraft enthusiasts to take pictures of the big birds. For young and old, it is an impressive moment when a large overseas aircraft elegantly touches the ground again right in front of you. The time here literally flies.
The observation deck and the air bridge memorial can also be reached by public transport from Frankfurt City. Simply exit the S-Bahn S7 at the Zeppelinheim stop. There are several viewing platforms around the airport, as well as the visitor platform in Terminal 2. This is a different, and for some certainly fascinating, perspective on Frankfurt Airport; after all, FRA is somehow the gateway to the world for us travelers.
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