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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 get a basic but interesting idea of Berlin’s recent past.

Fran was a very interesting and informative guide who mixed humour, insight and sympathy into her talk. We had already seen several of the sites visited but we were glad to be given extra and sometimes quirky tidbits of information which always gives history a tweak. Would highly recommend this tour and this tour guide.

Berlin Free Walking Tour with Booking Fee Reviewed by Mary-Regina, 04/20/2019

Our guide, Kai, was awesome. incredibly knowledgeable and passionate

We took the tour on our first full day in Berlin. Luckily, we were in a group which was led by Kai. We could not have had a better guide to introduce us to the history, culture and major sites. Most impressive was his passion! It was truly our highlight of our stay in Berlin!

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 04/18/2019

Very informative, fun, enjoyable tour lead by John. Highly recommend.

Our tour guide John was extremely knowledgeable about Berlin history and made the tour very enjoyable.

Hidden Berlin and Main Sites Walking Tour Reviewed by Karen, 04/17/2019

Ricky made 4hrs around Berlin on a cold day, informative & enjoyable!

Everything went to plan despite a cold wind from the east! Ricky kept us well informed and entertained throughout our 4 hour tour and everyone agreed that he knew everything and more and that it represented more than just great value! Highly recommended

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Graham, 04/16/2019

Superb tour, Kathryn’s knowledge was excellent

A really good introduction to Berlin. Kathryn has an ability to sensitively relate the complex history of the city in a fun and clear way. Can’t recommend highly enough.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Angela, 04/09/2019

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