Germany’s capital, Berlin, hosted a Freedom Dinner that attracted 3,000 residents to the decommissioned Tegel airport.
It was organized to send the tourism industry a message: “Berlin loves you!”
More than 1000 dinner tables were arranged along the runway’s 800 metres.
Berlin, formerly a magnet for tourism and trade fairs, is hoping to set the scene for reopening.
Berliners are also saying goodbye to Tegel Airport, which served for many years as a gateway to the world and will now become a technology park.
VisitBerlin’s Burkhard Kieker said: “Today, together with many Berliners, we send out a welcome message – and from a very special place, the runway at what used to be Tegel Airport.
“Berlin is back and invites visitors to enjoy the city of freedom.“
Governing mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, and senator for economics, energy and public enterprises, Ramona Pop, had extended an invitation to this special evening event, together with Messe Berlin and visitBerlin.
Martin Ecknig, chief executive of Messe Berlin, said: “The Berlin Freedom Dinner is a great example of our determination to reopen.
“Together, we have put together a unique open-air event.
“It is for an experience such as this that we at Messe Berlin are well prepared – and so it makes me all the happier when the sum of many parts becomes one, and the world can see our welcome message: Berlin loves you!“