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History at the Touchpoint of East and West Berlin

For 28 years, Checkpoint Charlie was the most famous crossing point between East and West Berlin. It was site of many tense historical moments between Soviet and American forces, and it remains a symbol of the Cold War to this day.

Building The Wall

Building The Wall

By 1961, 20% of East Germany’s population had immigrated to the West, causing economic loss to the Soviet Union. So, on August 13th, the Wall and its “death strip” was built.

The Checkpoint

The Checkpoint

Checkpoint C was the only Berlin crossing point for Allied forces and foreigners. The West built a small wooden house at the location so it wouldn't appear as an official border.

U.S.-Soviet Standoff

U.S.-Soviet Standoff

Soon after the Wall's construction, the U.S. and Soviet armies had a faceoff, with tanks pointed at one another for six days. It ended peacefully when the Soviets withdrew.

The Death of Peter Fechter

The Death of Peter Fechter

A teenager bled to death near the Checkpoint after being shot by East German guards while trying to escape to the West. Neither side went to his aid out of fear of retribution.

The Fall of The Wall

The Fall of The Wall

The Wall fell on November 9th, 1989. Although reunification didn't occur until a year later, open travel at Checkpoint Charlie began. The guard house was removed in October 1990.

Our insider tips

Visiting The Checkpoint Today

It is a massively popular tourist attraction fit with a replica of the iconic wooden shed, actors dressed as American soldiers and wartime souvenirs. The free open air exhibition is packed with history, and, for a more in-depth overview, the Museum Haus Am Checkpoint Charlie (or Mauer Museum) is open year round, open from 9:00AM to 10:00PM.

How to Get There

Checkpoint Charlie is located off the Kochstraße stop on the U6 line.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Mauer Museum hours: 9:00AM - 10:00PM
  • Is it expensive?
    Checkpoint Charlie is located outside and is free to look at. Tickets to the Mauer Museum cost €12.50.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide isn't required of course, but with so much history discover, it'd be worth it!
  • How to get there
    *Fahren Sie mit der U-Bahn (U6) zur Haltestelle Kochstraße. *
  • Additional information
    Bring your passport with you! If you ask nicely, the "border guards" will give you an Allied Forces crossing stamp.

What people are saying about Checkpoint Charlie

Great way to see the city! Rob was awesome!

An amazing tour! Passing through most of the main sights Rob, a fellow mancunian was an excellent tour guide. Very informative, funny and more than knowledgeable on all things Berlin.

Berlin Free Walking Tour with Booking Fee Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 07/11/2018

Really informative and enjoyable 3 hours

Been on quite afew of these tours and this was as good as any we've been on. Sarah , whilst not a native Berliner , was knowledgeable and informative and kept what was quite a large group engaged. Not sure why we needed to book, there seemed to be afew people who just turned up on the day. Disappointing as we had to split our group between 10:0 and 11:00 due to 'available spaces'

Berlin Free Walking Tour with Booking Fee Reviewed by Gary, 05/11/2018

Fantastic experience. Great fun. A must do whilst in Berlin.

A great way to see Berlin, such a fun experience. Don't take it too seriously, you will laugh from start to finish, but it can be a struggle to hear the tour guide over the radio whilst you're driving the Trabi... The guide gives an excellent explanation of Trabant history whilst you top up with fuel half way around. The whole safari took almost 2 hours, so allow plenty of time for the tour. It was a crazy couple of hours... you must try it!

Berlin: 75-minute Trabi Safari Reviewed by Nigel, 05/11/2018

Fascinating tour delivered by highly intelligent, well-informed guide.

This was by far the most fascinating tour I have ever been on – partly thanks to the amazing recent history that fills Berlin, but also because of the knowledge and perception of the guide (Sam – I know there are two Sams, I think he was Sam F?). It has made me want to return to Berlin asap!

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by John, 05/11/2018

Easy to get around Berlin with this card.

Buy in advance, collect at airport info desk. Makes jumping on and off U & S trains easy, as well as trams and buses. Also many good discounts at a large number of places. Recommended.

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