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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

Fantastic tour guide and history of Berlin told amazingly well

Tour guide-girl was an amazing storyteller and she kinda put us on a time machine and we were navigating through the history of Berlin, almost visually! This tour is the first thing you should do as soon as you arrive Berlin to soak in all it's history/events.

Berlin Free Walking Tour with Booking Fee Reviewed by Abhishek, 02/19/2019

Excellent tour and a chance to visit the main sites

This was a very good tour if you have just arrived in the city or have been there for a few days. Our tour guide Jules was very friendly and helpful. The tour covers a lot of the main sites in Berlin.

Berlin Free Walking Tour with Booking Fee Reviewed by sharon, 02/01/2019

Excellent tour providing an understanding of the history of Berlin

Our tour guide Lizzie was exceptional! She knew everything about the history of Berlin, and took us to all the main attractions as well as a few attractions that easily could’ve been missed, had we not gone on the tour, such as Hitler’s bunker and the previous headquarters of the German Air Force. In January in Berlin , walking around the city for 2 hours and 45 minutes is not exactly ideal, but Lizzie kept the whole group in high spirits with her jokes and sense of humor. She also provided us with recommendations of things to see in the city and places to eat which was very useful! She was always open to any questions throughout the tour.

Berlin Free Walking Tour with Booking Fee Reviewed by Clíona, 01/11/2019

our tour guide Nathan is excellent, the best !

Our tour guide Nathan is really extremely knowledgeable! it was a really amazing tour!

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by , 01/10/2019

No boat trips in winter, and ticket was difficult to obtain

It was difficult to convince the people working there that the ticket was valid, I'm not sure if they were looking for a barcode to scan. There was no boat ride and I couldnt even get on the Route B bus because they said it was not valid.

Berlin: Hop-On and Hop-Off Bus Ticket with Boat Option Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 01/08/2019

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