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The Hindenburg‘s “A” deck was the place where most everything happened–eating, dining, sleeping, lounging, sightseeing.

Dining Area

As we walk up the stairs from the “B” Deck, we go towards the Dining Area.  There were only a few tables in the Dining area, and meals were served in shifts, much on a train.  But you’ll notice the generous spacing between the tables.

And that’s something you find a lot on the Hindenburg:  lots of open space.

Promenade

On the other side of a low wall was the promenade–for sitting or leaning against the rail to watch the Atlantic Ocean pass far below.

Lounge Area

On the other side of the “A” Deck–separated by the passenger cabins–was a similar space, but it had a different purpose.  This was the Lounge area with another large open space and aluminum chairs and tables.  The piano was largely aluminum and pigskin and weighed around 400 pounds.

Reading/Writing Room

For a little private time, there was a Reading/Writing room in back.  Passengers could browse the small collection of books or write letters or postcards at the small writing desks.

Passenger Cabins

Finally, at night there were 25 passenger cabins with bunks that could accommodate up to 50 people.  Walls were thin–made of fabric and  foam–and had no windows.  But they were just as good, and maybe even better, than railway sleepers.  They had hot and cold water taps, a small fold-down writing desk, call buttons, and a closet.

The Hindenburg‘s “A” Deck:  Not the height of luxury by today’s standards, or even by the standards of contemporary ocean liners, but remarkable for that time, especially when compared to previous airships.

Graf Hindenburg Cutaway

One of the best, and cheapest, books that I have ever had about the Hindenburg is called Hindenburg: an Illustrated History, by Rick Archbold, with paintings by Ken Marschall. The art is too beautiful to even talk about in this space. But because one interest of Invisible Themepark is cutaways, let’s look at one cutaway drawing of the “A” Deck of the Hindenburg.

The Hindenburg’s Cabins

On the “A” Deck were 25 passenger cabins that had two beds apiece, in bunk-like fashion. The walls between the cabins were fairly thin, just foam and a layer of fabric. The cabins could be quite noisy if you had a loud tenant in the adjoining room. Unlike the outer cabins in a cruise ship, none of these cabins in the Hindenburg had windows. The cabins were not a space where you spent a lot of time. Most time was spent in the more spacious public rooms.

Public Spaces:  Promenade, Dining, Lounge, and Reading Room

On either side of the “A” Deck were promenades where passengers could sit or stand while looking out at the angled windows to the ground or clouds moving below. On one side was the large six-table dining room, hardly the cramped, all-purpose public area found earlier in the Graf Zeppelin.

On the other side was another big lounge complete with an aluminum piano. Two men could easily move the piano because it was made of pigskin-covered aluminum and weighed less than 400 pounds. For a greater sense of quiet and peace, the reading and writing room provided a small library, two writing desks, a mailbox, and stationary.

The main thing that distinguished the Hindenburg’s public places from that of other airship: space.