Sports on Tempelhofer Feld
Normally, when one thinks of windsports, one thinks of activities like windsurfing and kite-buggy riding that are tied to water and beaches. However, since the opening of the former airfield, some of these sports are also practised on the "sea of meadows" of Tempelhofer Feld.
In order to ensure that the wind sports on the Tempelhofer Feld can be practised as safely as possible for all visitors, a new safety concept was developed at the beginning of 2016 with the participation of representatives of the wind sports community and other citizens. As a result, the "Rules for Windsports on Tempelhofer Feld" were introduced on 14 May 2016, which every windsports enthusiast must observe when entering Tempelhofer Feld, in addition to the General Regulations for Use (AGB). They represent a balanced reconciliation of interests that enables the practice of windsports on the Tempelhofer Feld without unreasonably endangering other users.
General rules of conduct
The "Rules for Windsports on the Tempelhofer Feld" include basic behaviour such as general consideration for others. Other visitors to the Tempelhofer Feld have priority over the activities of the windsport athletes at all times. The general rules also include keeping recognised safety distances, increasing the safety distances when encountering children and senior citizens, adapting the speed to the density of visitors, the prohibition of jumping over people, observing the protective measures for the protection of nature and species, and the prohibition of practising the wind sports under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
Individual rules for certain windsports
Because it has been found that the different windsports have a different potential danger, additional individual rules apply to the following sports:
Streetkite Longboarding, Windskating and related windsports
These wind sports are generally allowed to use the entire Tempelhofer Feld. Particularly on the sections of the taxiway running in a north-south direction, there is an obligation to show increased consideration in the event of a high number of visitors. Should conflicts arise with other leisure and recreational uses, time restrictions for these wind sports on the field will be introduced at short notice if necessary. In 2018, the redevelopment of a partial area of the taxiway in the area along Oder Street was completed. This area brings additional relief because it can be assumed that this area will be increasingly used by street kite longboarding, wind skating and related wind sports due to the wind conditions.
Ground handling of paragliders and stunt kites
Both wind sports are generally allowed to use the entire Tempelhof field. Only from April to July are spatial restrictions in place to protect the breeding skylarks. During this period, ground handling of paragliders and flying with stick kites may only take place on the approximately 16-hectare "Windsportwiese" (see map) in the north-west of Tempelhofer Feld.
Kite Buggy Riding + Kite Land Boarding (KLB)
Both windsports are allowed to use two designated windsport areas (the "windsport meadow" in the northwest and the western half of the southern runway, see map). The spatial restriction to these two areas applies in the high-visitor months of March to October. In the months of November to February, when there are few visitors, the entire Tempelhofer Feld may be used.