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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

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Absolutely superb. Gregor was one of the best tour leaders we have had

Fascinating tour of Berlin. Brought the city to live. So many interesting facts and made us think

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Wonderful tour and our guide Linsey was very informative.

The tour group was very organised. Our guide Linsey was well spoken and very knowledgable on the history. I totally recommend this company.

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Small group / almost private tour in classic old timer

Ok, you might have not always the open views if you choose to take a tour on a modern double decker bus, but then you will miss the charme of cruising Berlin in a vintage car (people on the streets will actually take photo’s of you), Also worthwhile to mention is the proud owner of the car and very enthousiastic and knowledgeable guide/driver. Can’t be beaten by an audio guide. If you like a very personal approach and love vintage cars, this tour is a must.

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Excellent tour with a very knowledgable and informative guide

A must tour for your first visit to Berlin. Rob M was a most impressive guide; will certainly book more tours on our next visit.

Berlin Free Walking Tour with Booking Fee Reviewed by

Very pleasant experience and recommended

Very interesting, interesting details of Belrin history provided by our guide Kyle

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