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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
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.
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!
What a fabulous tour with a wonderful guide. The VW was so lovely and as it was a lovely day we had the roof open. We would definitely recommend this tour as a way to get a good overview of the city and it’s history.
We used this card on U Bahn, bus and tram and service was excellent. The card saved having to buy tickets for individual trips
Wonderful tour! Sarah did a great job showing us around and explaining the history of our sites! Her excitement and love for Berlin was evident. I highly recommend!