During the First World War, 1914-18, Tønder was home to one of the German Empire’s major airship bases. The base was located a few kilometres north of the town and was a more or less self-sufficient community with its own gasworks, waterworks and heating plant. On 19 July 1918, Tønder bore witness to a world first when the Zeppelin base became the target of the first-ever air raid launched from an aircraft carrier. The English pilots’ reports and the remains of the bombs are on display at the museum.
Take time to visit the aircraft hangar in Soldaterskoven, which is the only building from the Zeppelin base that has been preserved.