Fog, a diversion and a 150km/h taxi ride

All to get the Hoff to his gig for New Year’s Even in Berlin on time.


Germans love David Hasselhoff. I’m not entirely sure why, but they do. And he was scheduled to perform at the New Years celebration at the Brandenburger Gate in Berlin at midnight. But the airport was fogged in and the plane diverted to Hannover. That’s roughly 300 kilometers away, which is great for having different weather but not so great for getting the singer to the show on time.

Enter taxi driver Cengiz Kilic. They covered the 300ish kilometers in just over two hours, topping out at 150 km/h (95ish mph) along the way. And the Hoff made it to the stage on time.

It could be worse, I suppose. This guy took a 700+ mile taxi ride after missing a flight for a friend’s stag night.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. It is an urban myth that Germans in General are fans of the Hoff. Every time I am abroad someone mentions it to me. Here in agree many hardly anyone mentions his name. There was a time when he had good marketing in Germany but I believe that if he is on the stage at the Brandenburg Gate or not, there wouldn’t be a difference in numbers of people attending. People are showing up because it is New Years Eve and a free concert – with other acts nonetheless.
    I believe he is blowing up everything and the detour via Hannover is a scheme to make a story that his folks can place in the world news cycle!

    Please don’t mention him to Germans you encounter 😉 thx

  2. 300km taxi ride @ 150kmph. PSH.
    I remember some colleagues of mine being stranded in Majorca at the time of the volcanic ash crisis five or so years ago. The five of them rented a car and drove up all the way to UK!

    Plus, 150kmph isn’t a big deal – I was bummed out on my last trip to Germany when I found my rental Audi had a speed limiter installed : I was maxed out at 200kmph on the autobahn and being overtaken left right and center!

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