Checkpoint Charlie

Berlin, Germany

Checkpoint Charlie (or 'Checkpoint C') was the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War.

GDR leader Walter Ulbricht agitated and maneuvered to get the Soviet Union's permission for the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 to stop Eastern Bloc emigration westward through the Soviet border system, preventing escape across the city sector border from East Berlin to West Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie became a symbol of the Cold War, representing the separation of East and West. Soviet and American tanks briefly faced each other at the location during the Berlin Crisis of 1961.

After the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc and the reunification of Germany, the building at Checkpoint Charlie became a tourist attraction. It is now located in the Allied Museum in the Dahlem neighborhood of Berlin.

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Founded: 1961
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Historical period: Cold War and Separation (Germany)

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Lucian Bagia (21 months ago)
One of the famous landmark in Berlin. Nice set up with all actors there who are playing as patrol guard. A place that doesn't let us to forget all the atrocities of the cold war era. It's a must to visit the bear by Museum of the Wall...
Zack Teo (21 months ago)
Great historical site that gives a good write up about the experience of trying to escape from the Soviet Union into the hearts of the allies. Some of the cited examples illustrated foiled and successful escape attempts. You can take photos with the guards and wear the caps of the Soviet Union or the allied guards. Highly recommended. There are gift shops where you can find souvenirs and other items such as pieces of the wall.
Luke Meads (21 months ago)
I enjoy History and a trip to Berlin for work lent an excellent opportunity for quick sightseeing. I've seen checkpoints in books and pictures but it was great to be able to go see a former Cold War checkpoint. It's great that this part of history is well preserved. I was there on a fleeting visit so only a chance to absorb a small amount of the history but would like to return and explore more of the history.
Scott N (22 months ago)
Nice attraction in a busy part of town. The men at the gate charge €3 for a photo with them, which is pretty silly considering you can just take a photo in their presence. There is an additional 'black box' area detailing the history of the checkpoint in relation to the wall.
Srijan R Shetty (22 months ago)
A thing to note about Checkpoint Charlie is that it isn't the original checkpoint, it's a replica with theatre artists at sentry duty. It's a fun little bit, but you won't end up spending more than a few minutes here unless you indulge in street shopping. The place is great if you want to buy souvenirs for friends and family.
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