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Discover Berlin’s unique story on a 2-hour walking tour. Enjoy a smaller group experience, starting from Brandenburg Gate and encompassing a long…

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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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4.6 / 5
based on 18,684 reviews

Brilliant tour, so much fun, lots to see and very friendly guides

There was a mess up with our tour time but the guys there were more than accommodating. They took us out on our own little tour twice and did everything they could to make sure we still had a great time which we did. It is an awesome way to see the city and the tour guys are very friendly and knowledgeable. It was great fun and a once in a lifetime experience, I would highly recommend, worth every penny.

Trabi Safari Berlin: The Wall Ride Reviewed by

A very informative tour with a great guide

Taylor brought the history of Berlin to life, he struck a great balance between entertaining and informative and the 2 hours flew by! Even as someone who has previously studied these subjects there was new and interesting information and stories on the tour. Thank you to Taylor for a thoroughly enjoyable morning!

Great introduction to the city and its sights

Went on the tour with Nate. Lots of knowledge of the city and its attractions. Kept everyone involved and most importantly safe too. Definitely recommend this tour to anyone. The office is situated right below the TV tower so it’s easy to find too.

Berlin Day City Bike Tour Reviewed by

Sam Z is awesome and the best guide. Highly recommend!

The tour was awesome but partly because Sam Z was so excellent. It's a long time to be with someone and he made the entire tour engaging! Highly recommend to anyone visiting Berlin and not just for the first time.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by

Dont think I've laughed so much on any other experience

Great fun. Unfortunately our Trabant lost its electrics! Our guide offered us a replacement but we soldiered on with no wipers and indicators. This distracted us from the Commentary but great fun anyway.

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