Geocan From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 25 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5580 times:
the only observation deck which was open on my visit last year was the one in Terminal 2 (Level 4, look for Besucherterrasse signs). This is the newer terminal. It is East of Terminal 1.
You can get to Terminal 2 via the shuttle rail from Terminal 1.
There is an entry fee, a few Euros, but I don't remember how many.
One also needs to go through the security control after the ticket counter.
The deck is quite long and the view is good of parked and taxing aircraft. Landing shots would require about 300/400mm lens. Watch for heat haze (yes, even in Germany!)
The main problem is that it faces South, so the aircraft are nearly always back lit. A cloudy day is actually better. Also, there is no shade.
The decks at the older Terminal 1 are closed due to building extensions. Probably Lounges and/or shops. The views there were better.
Hope this helps.
TMFRA From Germany, joined Apr 2006, 74 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5569 times:
Yes Ryan, they are close by! Keep your ticket with you all the time and ask if you are able to get back with it before you leave the visitor platform! There is a snack bar near by and a "McDoof" as we say in Germany (doof means stupid). What I wanted to say was McDonalds . The problem really is the southwards facing platform! A sunny day would be really bad. Clouds as George said are way better!
Another good thing would be the spot at Highway A5. When you leave T2 there is a small footway leading you to the 25L/R arrivals. You walk straight along the airport fence under the approaching aircraft and after a maybe 15 to 20 minutes walk you reach a pedestrian bridge near the Berlin Airbridge Memorial. There you are facing north with the sun in your back!
Chukcha From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 1939 posts, RR: 7 Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5547 times:
I visited the observation deck in 1993. Back then, there were a few aircraft displayed on it - a Junkers-52, an Antonov An-2, a Sikorsky helicopter. Are the aircraft still there? I assume it would be in the old terminal.
Geocan From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 25 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5534 times:
the quick way from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 is via the free shuttle rail (called Sky Line).
If you are quick a few photos of the parked aircraft are possible from the carriages.
Walking could take about 10~15 minutes.
I looked up the Frankfurt Airport website, the entry fee is 5 Euro.
JakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7 Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5517 times:
I recommend the 20min walk along the perimeter to the 25R arrivals spot, known as Zeppelinheim. Walk past the approach for 25L and just after the 25R approach you'll see a path leading up to a footbridge across the A5. Anywhere in this vicinity will allow very good photo's of aircraft arriving, and if your lens is long enough you can capture 25L arrivals too.
If you have time in the afternoon you can catch a bus to the runway 18 platform, which is good for photography from about 15:00.
QANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5798 posts, RR: 42 Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5457 times:
its against the sun from the Observation deck, you'll have it in your face the entire day...take a walk as suggested by Jax to the 25R spot at Zeppelinheim, the deck is really useless for photography at that time of year.
just buy some snacks from the shops on your way to the 25R spot and you'll be fine.