Behind the scenes at the airport

WHILST airports in Britain shy away from offering guided tours of airports for security reasons, those in Germany have a much more open approach.

Lufthansa’s maintenance base.

For instance, Düsseldorf International offers a chance to experience the apron – where the planes are parked – on guided tours. Lasting about two hours, up to 44 people can take part at a time and there is the possibility to book an exclusive bus, just for your group. As well as the tour, the price includes free entrance to the observation deck and free use of the SkyTrain, which connects the Düsseldorf Flughafen airport railway station with the terminal.
Münster/Osnabrück Airport, meanwhile, allows groups of up to 30 people the chance to see how jets take off. ‘FMO Night Flight’ packages for a minimum of 15 people are also offered that include a buffet dinner with views of the runway. A highlight of the evening is a drive by coach over the illuminated runway.
Frankfurt Airport – where a new runway and terminal are being built, along with Europe’s longest building, The Square – offers a wealth of different tours for groups of up to 24 people at a time.
These range from a 45-minute ‘Mini-Tour’, which takes your group past the terminals and straight to the runways so you can watch the planes landing and taking off up close, to Zeppelin Tours of two hours that include a visit to the Zeppelin Museum. Tours tailored to groups individual wishes and including presentations and visits to specific facilities can also be arranged.

On a tour of Münster/Osnabrück Airport.

On a tour of Münster/Osnabrück Airport.

In Berlin, you can even visit the construction site of the expansion of Schoenefeld Airport into Berlin Brandenburg Airport, where guides bring the experience of working on a site the size of 2,000 football pitches to life; you can also enjoy panoramic views from the 32-metre high Infotower. with a 3D telescope showing a computer animation of how the airport will look on completion next year.
Two options are available; the ‘Construction site experience’ starts in airportworld – the visitor centre – and ends with a tour of the construction site whilst the ‘Airport experience’ starts in the existing terminal of Schoenefeld Airport, and continues by bus across the entire grounds to the airport’s fire brigade and Lufthansa’s maintenance base.

For further information

00 49 211 421 20931 (Düsseldorf),
00 49 2571 94 1515 (Münster/Osnabrück),
00 49 69 690 70291 (Frankfurt) or
00 49 30 6091 2250 (Berlin)