Audi A1: city slacker
There’s been plenty of hype around Audi’s A1, not a little of it coming from Audi itself. We take the new city runabout for a spin in Berlin
Posted: 03 Sep 2010
First stop, Berlin Tempelhof airport. Built by Hitler to serve what he thought was going to be the capital of the world, this was initially known as Weltflughafen (World Airport). Now the Nazi insignia have been taken down, it's a magnificent building, less repressive than you'd expect, its columns of simple vertical windows turning your thoughts skyward like a cathedral. Later it was known as Zentralflughaven, because it's usefully close to the middle of the city. And its ghastly associations with the Third Reich were erased when it became, for West Berliners after the war, the landing point of the Berlin Airlift. In 1949 the Soviets, who had control of Eastern Germany, had blockaded all land links to the Western enclave of Berlin. So for a year, that entire sector of the city had to be supplied by air to Tempelhof, up to 1,500 flights a day.