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Top sights in 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.
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
We really enjoyed our tour. Ken was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions. He was informative and even his jokes were funny ! We saw all the major sites and increased our knowledge about Berlin and its history many times over. Ken also recommended some other things to do whilst in Berlin which were excellent too. I would recommend this tour at the beginning of your visit to get a broad knowledge about the history of Berlin which you then can use to further explore areas in detail.
Our tour guide Nathan (originally from Chicago) was a fantastic wealth of knowledge throughout our tour across the major sites of East Berlin. While the weather was not fantastic this did not stop the tour being very enjoyable throughout.
Great tour with an excellent guide, thank you Charlotte for making those history lessons cone to life.
Barnby had in depth knowledge and I learnt a lot. The tour took us to places that we would not have gone to otherwise and pointed out things that we would have missed.
When we first approached Rochale, our guide, I was a bit disappointed because she was not German. However, after the first couple of sentences when she introduced herself, I had a feeling we were in good hands. She was funny and engaging, and extremely knowledgeable in her presentation. Our tour started at the Brandenburg Gate, and we toured through some of the darker history of Germany, with stops at the Memorial for Murdered Jews, Hitlers Bunker, Checkpoint Charlie, and the Topography of Terror. A very informative and satisfying tour, despite the subject matter, and Rochale injected just enough humor to keep us from sinking into depression, while respecting the topic. I would highly recommend Rochale to anyone, even Germans, to conduct an historical tour of Berlin.