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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

Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 17,113 reviews

Wonderful way to spend a day munching and exploring Mitte

Mitte is a beautiful neighborhood to explore with so many gorgeous corners and plenty of stuff to see. This tour was exactly what we felt we needed- great foods were served and we didn't even have to contemplate on where to go or what to choose. We enjoyed reading the information about each spot and each food stop, which was super interesting. Great tour all in all, would definitely recommend and try in another city.

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Good way to get around and get a base feel for Berlin

We managed to get through both tours A and B on the one day so we could figure out where to focus on the next day as we had a 48 hr ticket. The buses were good but the constant stopping for breaks (usually smoke breaks by drivers) was annoying. The commentary was only so so and didn’t often match up to where we were. What was good was the frequency.

We spent two weeks in Europe & this was everyone's favorite activity!

Amazing tour! Jonathon was an utterly incredible tour guide! Incredible detail for the history- and politics-interested folks, and amazing context and general color for those less interested in history. Jonathon was super engaging and knowledgeable. We cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed this tour!

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by

All the highlights of Berlin in a convenient one day tour.

The bus was clean, the drivers and tour guides were very courteous, the tour guides did a good job covering English and German for all those on the buses. We got to see the important sites and not have to do all the walking and/or driving on one of the hottest days on records in Berlin.

Educational tour to understand Berlin better

In general, the Berlin walking tour is well-designed. Communication prior to the tour was clear, meeting point was easy to find. Our guide Sam Z knows Berlin well and was able to answer questions clearly. A good way to start exploring Berlin if you are here for the first time.

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