Berlin Tegel Airport Spotting Guide

“Berlin, Berlin, we’re off to Berlin!” – If this adage goes for you and you are looking for a spotting guide for Berlin’s busiest airport, then you’re right to be here!

Yes, it is still opened and it’s being more embarrassing for the BER-airport-chairman day by day TXL is opened and BER is closed. But for spotters it’s not even bad that Tegel Airport is still in operation because it is a lovely airport to take photos with good traffic!

Tegel is still Berlin’s busiest airport, handling over 21 million passengers in 2015. Major airlines are represented in TXL with Air Berlin an Germanwings using TXL as hub. 4x Air Berlin A332 are based hier. Not only Air Berlin has wide-body aircrafts flying to TXL, also Qatar Airways (A330), United (B764), the Chinese Hainan Airlines (A330), Turkish Airlines (A330) and Mongolien Airlines (B763) are frequently using wide-body jets. Government airplanes from all over the world can be seen frequently in TXL when politicians meet with the Chancellor of Germany. The German Luftwaffe A319/A343 are visiting TXL multiple times in the week.

The airport’s history is massively affected by the history of Berlin as Tegel became West-Berlin’s most important airport after the Berlin Wall was put up and Tempelhof became too small and overloaded – as everyone knows, Tempelhof was the responsible airport during the blockade by the Soviets so the US was forced to provide their part of Berlin via the “Berlin Airlift”
But enough talk about its history, let’s see what Tegel has to offer for the present – Here’s the guide!

Written by Tommy Pfeiffer, local spotter and Marlin and Jonas Lehrmann., regular visitors.

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Airport Information Runways 08L/26R 08R/26L
3.023 m (9,918ft) 2.428m (7,966ft)
Spotting Information Ladder No, there is no need for it
Car Makes it easier! But there are many spots within easy walking distance inside the terminal building in case you don’t have a car.
Restrooms Available at all publicly accessible buildings like restaurants or inside the terminal building
Drinks/Food There are supermarkets nearby the airport and food is available inside the airport’s terminals (Burger King and few restaurants)
Hotels There are many hotels nearby the airport belonging to all classes of categories. Check the map for further details.
Season The flight schedule is quite the same during all season. All governmental flights are being dispatched at Tegel so during any conventions of any heads of government there will be few military traffic thus.

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Runway Usage 08L/26R Long-haul flights usually take-off from this runway as this one provides a longer take-off roll when the aircraft is being fully fueled and loaded. This runway will usually be in use for landings.
08R/26R Main departure runway for Narrow-body aircrafts.

Spot #1 – Visitor terrace
WHERE Tegel Airport offers a visitor terrace which allows a nearly 360 degree view over Berlins largest airport. The entrance to it is beside Terminal D. The terrace is right above the departure ring.
WHAT Almost all operations at Tegel except taxing from Terminal D via the southern taxiway.
TIME Thanks to different angles spotting from here is possible from morning until sunset. Light situation of the runway is optimally from sunrise until late noon.
MISC. Please note that a fee of 3 EUR applies when entering this visitor platform. You must pass a security check before entering.
Opening hours:
WINTER: 10am – 4pm every day
SUMMER: 8am – 8pm every day
FOCAL LENGTH 18-300mm
Spot #2 – Visitor tower north
WHERE There is a visitor tower in Terminal B allowing a good overview on the runways. When you enter hall B go straight through the building until you have passed the Lufthansa fan shop and the arrival/departure hall of Terminal A appears. Turn right and take the stairs or the elevator to the highest level.
WHAT All airfield operations on the eastern apron and runway.
TIME All day long. Different angles enable spotting from here throughout the hole day.
MISC. Please note that the view from this visitor tower is glazed but it is a good alternative for the days where the visitor terrace is not opened to the public. Restaurants are a few levels below; restrooms can be found everywhere inside the terminal buildings
FOCAL LENGTH 18-300mm
Spot #3 – Visitor tower south
WHERE There is another visitor tower at the southern tip of Terminal B. This offers a view over apron south.
WHAT Apron movements of Apron south. Runway operations are not fully visible. For runway spotting please use tower north.
TIME From noon to sunset
MISC. Please note that the view from this visitor tower is glazed but it is a good alternative for the days where the visitor terrace is not opened to the public. Restaurants are a few levels below, restrooms can be found everywhere inside the terminal buildings.
FOCAL LENGTH 55-300mm
Spot #4 – Essbahn
WHERE The famous Essbahn is located between Terminal E and D. You can enjoy Berlin’s cuisine while taking pictures of the parked airplanes at Pier A, E and D. This spot is recommended for night photographs (Gates A12-A14).
WHAT Parked airplanes at Terminal A (limited – only outer gates), E and D.
TIME Best light conditions are from sunrise until sunset in winter months, and from noon to sunset in summer.
MISC. Food available at the “Essbahn” or Burger King inside Terminal A.
FOCAL LENGTH 18-100mm
Spot #5 – Taxiway Bridge
WHERE From terminal D walk in direction car rental. Go further under the tunnel then right after you come out of the tunnel. Check out the map for detailed information.
WHAT Airplanes taxiing to and from the parkposition to the runway. Ideal position for close ups.
TIME Best light conditions are from sunrise until sunset in winter months, and from morning till afternoon in summer.
MISC. Food available at the “Essbahn” or Burger King inside Terminal A.
FOCAL LENGTH 70-300mm
Spot #6 – P5 parking deck
WHERE Follow the sings to the P5 parking deck. Go onto the top floor and walk across the parkdeck to the other side. Check out the map for detailed information.
WHAT Airplanes taxiing to and from the parkposition to the runway. Ideal position for close ups.
TIME From early afternoon till sunset in summer. Not useable in winter.
MISC. Food available at the “Essbahn” or Burger King inside Terminal A.
FOCAL LENGTH 18-100mm
Spot #7 – Rue Rene Laenec
WHERE There is a container at the end of Rue Rene Laenec which is high enough to look over the fence.You can also go there by public transportation:Take bus line 128 to U Osloer Straße (subway station Osloer Straße) for two stations and dismount at “Aristide-Briand-Brücke”. Walk to the same direction like you have travelled by bus and turn left on the second bridge after the bus station. Walk to the end of Rue Rene Laenec. Check out the map for detailed information.

When going back to the airport, walk from Rue Rene Laenec to bus stop Kaserne Südtor and take bus M21 to Rosenthal/Uhlandstraße. Dismount the bus at the first stop (Kaserne Nordtor). Change here for bus line 128 to Flughafen Berlin-Tegel.

WHAT Landings and arrivals of both runways on either site of operations.
TIME Best light conditions are from sunrise until noon or early afternoon
MISC. Heat-haze can be a problem in summer. The view on the runways can be blocked when an aircraft is taxiing in front of you.

Be aware that the container is privat and do not jump or leave any rubbish in the area!!

FOCAL LENGTH 18-300mm
Spot #8 – Meadow Julius Leber Kaserne
WHERE The first spot in the approach is located near the entrance to the Julius Leber Kaserne. Simply walk towards the entrance and then go onto the meadow. Stay under the trees.Take bus line 128 to U Osloer Straße (subway station Osloer Straße) for 5 stations and dismount at “Julius-Leber-Kaserne”. Check out the map for detailed information.
When going back to the airport take bus 128 at the same station where you have dismounted on the way there to Flughafen Berlin-Tegel. Dismount the bus at the end of the line.
WHAT All arrivals of runway 26L/R
TIME All day long in winter / From sunrise till noon in summer months.
MISC. Food and drinks available. You can park your car directly on the parking opposite of the meadow. No fees apply, you don’t need a car park ticket.
FOCAL LENGTH 50-300mm
Spot #9 – Bauhaus parking deck
WHERE There is a “Bauhaus” building supplies store (DIY market) with a huge parking deck on the top of the building which offers a good view onto runway 26L/R arrivals.You can also go there by public transportation:
Take bus line 128 to U Osloer Straße (subway station Osloer Straße) for 5 stations and dismount at “Julius-Leber-Kaserne”. When you have arrived there you can already see the the “Bauhaus”. Walk up tot he parking deck at the south side of the building. The driveway to get to spot 5 is indicated in the map above. Check out the map for detailed information.
When going back to the airport take bus 128 at the same station where you have dismounted on the way there to Flughafen Berlin-Tegel. Dismount the bus at the end of the line.
WHAT All arrivals of runway 26L/R
TIME Almost all day long in winter / From noon to sunset in summer months.
MISC. You can park your car directly on the parking deck. No fees apply, you don’t need a car park ticket.
FOCAL LENGTH 70-300mm
Spot #10 – Meteorstr.
WHERE This spot is located in the corner of the Meteorstr. Walk up the dam at the edge of the motorway. Take bus line 125 or 221 till Uranusweg or take the subway U6 till U Scharnweberstr. Check out the map for detailed information for the way.
WHAT All arrivals of runway 26L/R
TIME Only in summer months from afternoon till sunset.
MISC. You can park your car directly at the spot. No fees apply, you don’t need a car park ticket.
FOCAL LENGTH 50-300mm
Spot #11 – Arrival 08L/08R
WHERE The spot is located at the water in Haselhorst. You get there with Bus 133. Get of at Tegeler Brücke and walk down the way at the first traffic light after the bridge to get to the spot. Check out the map for detailed information for the way.
WHAT All arrivals on runway 08L/R
TIME Early morning till afternoon.
MISC. You can park your car at the spot. No fees apply, you don’t need a car park ticket.
FOCAL LENGTH 70-300mm
Spot #12/12A– Arrival 08L/08R Forest
WHERE The spot is located in the forest north of TXL Airport. You get there with Bus 133. Get of at Tegeler Brücke and walk along the road till you see a red roadblock on the right. Walk into the forest an walk straight until you reach the fense. Walk left until you cross the approch path to reach the spot. You can also walk further up the fense to reach spot 12A. It is possible to take pictures through the fense. Check out the map for detailed information for the way.
WHAT All arrivals on runway 08L/R and departures on runway 26L/26R
TIME Summer from afternoon till sunset. Not useable in winter.
MISC. You can park your car on the road. No fees apply, you don’t need a car park ticket.
FOCAL LENGTH 28-100mm

 

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6 thoughts on “Berlin Tegel Airport Spotting Guide

  1. Yuri

    On the site of Berlin Tegel it says that the observation deck is open every day, winter or summer with different opening hours.

    1. TommyTommy Post author

      Hi Yuri,

      Yes the Opening hours are:
      WINTER: 10am – 4pm every day
      SUMMER: 8am – 8pm every day

      Tommy

  2. PM

    Hello,

    Is there any chance to add info about locations around aproach line for RWYs 08?

    Best regards,
    PM

      1. PM

        Hi,

        Actually I was hoping that you guys know something about spotting locations on the west side of the airport. I’ve only heared about spot called “Tegeler Wald”, from where you can take photos of aircraft aproaching rwy08, and you also can take a photo of LHs B707, which is (or was) standing somewhere on the airport.

        1. MarlinMarlin

          We have contacted a local spotter from Tegel, who hopefully can help us out! We will be adding a spot for runway 08 approach as soon as possible!

          Thanks for your interest
          Marlin

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