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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Checkpoint Charlie is located off the Kochstraße stop on the U6 line.
- 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 informationBring 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
Fascinating tour of Berlin. Brought the city to live. So many interesting facts and made us think
The tour group was very organised. Our guide Linsey was well spoken and very knowledgable on the history. I totally recommend this company.
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.
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.
Very interesting, interesting details of Belrin history provided by our guide Kyle