Heringsdorf Airport (HDF) is a small, regional airport used primarily for chartered and seasonal flights.
It is one of Germany’s oldest and most historic airports, going back to 1911 when it was developed for the First World War. With its unique border location, this airport is very convenient for both Germans and Poles — and all those traveling in the area!
Heringsdorf Airport lies at the southeastern edge of the island of Usedom between the small municipalities of Zirchow and Garz (close to the Polish border). That’s in the far northeast of Germany, in the Baltic Sea.
It is actually named after the town of Heringsdorf (some great beaches over there!), which lies 10 km (6 mi) north of the airport.
Hours Of Operation
Heringsdorf Airport operates on a seasonal schedule. Summer hours are longer, with weekday hours of 7:00 am until 17:00. Summer weekend hours stretch from 6:00 through 18:00. In the winter, the airport is open daily, from 7:00 to 16:00.
Heringsdorf Airport Airlines
Although this is mainly an airport for charter flights, you can sometimes catch a flight with Ostfriesische Lufttransport or Air Berlin, especially during the high tourism seasons (Mai – October).
Heringsdorf Airport Timetables
There is no real-time flight information on the Heringsdorf Airport web site, but they do provide a general flight schedule for the current year (click on the Flugplan tab).
Getting To And From The Heringsdorf Airport
Unfortunately, Germany’s exceptional public transport system has not reached the Heringsdorf Airport, yet.
Regional and Long-Distance Trains
Currently, there is no direct link from the town of Heringsdorf to the airport. There is a planned extension of the train network into Heringsdorf Airport but it is not scheduled for completion until 2012. You could alight at Usedom Bäderbahn station and continue their journey to the airport via bus or taxi.
With no direct train connections, there must at least be one or another shuttle bus going to the airport, or…
Car / Taxi
Again, the Heringsdorf Airport lies on the southeastern edge of the Usedom island. Follow the signs to the municipality of Zirchow and you’re good to fly. (To the beaches by Taxi cost approximately € 15.
If you are equipped with a navigation system simply enter Zirchow for the city and Am Flughafen for the street.
There are limited shopping opportunities at this small airport, although car rental services are available.
Food & Drink
There are limited gastronomic opportunities at Heringsdorf Airport.
During the Cold War, this current sunshine-destination airport served as a military base for the Soviets. Its proximity to Poland provided a strategic location for the old Eastern Bloc.