Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin

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Friedrichstraße, Corner Kochstraße (030) 25 37 25-0
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    Check Point Charlie

    by Designerartgirl Written Nov 4, 2014

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    The old border between the Soviet and American sector of Berlin. A museum stands to one side of the old sentry gate and there are usually a few actors dressed up as gardens as a re-enactment. You can have your photo taken with them and you can even have the old stamps put into your passport if you wish. evidence of the old regime is still around and is still haunting.

    Address: Friedrichstraße, Corner Kochstraße

    Directions: U-Bahn: Kochstrasse

    Phone: (030) 25 37 25-0

    Website: http://www.mauer-museum.com

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    Haus am Checkpoint Charlie

    by Turska Updated Sep 21, 2014

    I heard someone saying this is a tourist trap. I couldn´t disagree more! I think you don´t get the idea of the Checkpoint Charlie without visit to this museum. It is very interesting and shows all the ways people have hide when travelling from east to west when it was not legal. Many people had risk their lifes, and not all of them made it to the other side.
    There was even some sort of flying machines and such made by brave people trying to get to the freedom. Unbeliveable how small places they have fit in.

    Address: Friedrichstraße 43-45,

    Directions: Next to Checkpoint Charlie

    Phone: +49 30 253 725-0

    Website: http://www.mauermuseum.de/

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    One more "must thing" to do

    by Turska Updated Sep 21, 2014

    This is one of places, where you can imagine how it would have been to live at the "old Berlin" and cross the line to other side from east to west or other way around.
    You can have your photo taken with soldiers. I´m not sure if it costs, since I didn´t want. You can also get a stamp to your "passport" sold at the place. It isn´t very expensive, I think.
    But no visit is complite without visit to the house of Checkpoint Charlie.
    Only there you will see how it really has been, and how big risks people did took crossing the border.

    There is food stalss close to the point. We had a snack there twice. One day we had greta "French fries" from Italian stall. They made them from potatos in front of our eyes. Two big portions and 0,5l bottle of beer was 7e! Really cheap. I don´t know if the stalls are allways there.
    Next time we went to "tapas" stall, and it was huge disapointment! We ordered "patatas bravas".They had just normal potato cubes from freezer fried, the portion was small, expensive and the "brava sauce" was some sort of terrible salsa from a can. We hardly could eat.

    Address: Friedrichstraße, Corner Kochstraße

    Directions: U-Bahn: Kochstrasse

    Phone: (030) 25 37 25-0

    Website: http://www.mauer-museum.com

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    Checkpoint Charlie

    by EasyMalc Written Jul 11, 2014

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    In London, where there’s an intersection, they put in a roundabout and sometimes call it a circus, like Piccadilly Circus for example. Checkpoint Charlie is an intersection with no roundabout but is still a circus - and this time I mean it in the truest sense of the word.
    A plethora of attractions have sprung up around this famous crossing point that it’s in danger of losing the appeal for why people want to come here.
    I’m not suggesting for one minute that you shouldn’t visit the site of what could have started World War 3 but I would have preferred it if there had been a more subdued approach to this sensitive area.
    A fair few years ago when I came here all you had was the Checkpoint Charlie Museum - and very good it was too. It’s still here but a number of other attractions/museums have sprung up as well, and the junction has become very congested.
    Some people may think that its location deserves to be all hustle and bustle, and for all I know it may have been well like that before the Iron Curtain went up, but it doesn’t matter which side of the old borderline you’re looking from, the capitalist ideology seems to have won hands down.
    This isn’t all about my opinion of course, so come and judge for yourself - but you do have to come.

    Address: Friedrichstraße, Corner Kochstraße

    Directions: U-Bahn: Kochstrasse

    Phone: (030) 25 37 25-0

    Website: http://www.mauer-museum.com

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    Checkpoint Charlie

    by Raimix Updated Oct 5, 2013

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    Checkpoint Charlie was as the best known place to cross the border from one side of Berlin to another (East - West). It is like a symbol of Cold War now, Berlin wall was constructed in 1961 to prevent migration from East to West, as East Germany lost many of population due to it. Checkpoint Charlie was a place to cross with special permission, guarded by soldiers.

    There are some interesting stories about it. One tell that two lovers lived in different parts of Berlin and one day Berlin was fenced. Boyfriend risked his life to cross border with a fashionable and fast car, in high speed.

    Now it is museum inside, but I haven't visited it. It is more as a mass attraction than serious museum, as I heard.

    Address: Friedrichstraße, Corner Kochstraße.

    Directions: U-Bahn: Kochstrasse.

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    Checkpoint Charlie

    by shavy Written Sep 1, 2013

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    Checkpoint Charlie, Friedrichstrasse formed at the time of the wall the third checkpoint on the border between East and West Berlijn. From 1961 to 1990 this was the only crossing point for foreigners.Today remains of the checkpoint no longer than one copy of the guardhouse

    Address: Friedrichstraße, Corner Kochstraße

    Directions: U-Bahn: Kochstrasse

    Phone: (030) 25 37 25-0

    Website: http://www.mauer-museum.com

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    CHECKPOINT CHARLIE

    by draguza Updated Jul 29, 2012

    The ultimate symbol of the Cold War which divided Europe and the world for four decades, the Berlin Wall is still the main tourist attraction in the German capital. And Checkpoint Charlie, the former border crossing, is the place many tourists head for first. Yet this world-famous monument is slightly disappointing on first sight. The original border post was demolished and all that remains nowadays is a signpost bearing the words, 'You are now leaving the American sector' and a replica of a watchtower from 1961. The only thing really worth seeing is the Haus am Checkpoint Charlie museum.

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    The fatal border

    by Nikolay_Ivanov Written Jul 19, 2012

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    Checkpoint Charlie is the most famous border point in Berlin. During the times of the divided Berlin, there were 8 lanes for cars and buses travelling between the both parts. Many people tried to escape through this point, some of them were killed. The place now is an important tourist attraction, especially for Americans. You can get your passport stamped with GDR visa for 3 euro, or to buy Soviet military peaked caps. There is also the Museum of Berlin wall, as well as many shops with (expensive) souvenirs.

    Address: Friedrichstraße, Corner Kochstraße

    Directions: U-Bahn: Kochstrasse. Just get out of the station and you'll see the checkpoint.

    Phone: (030) 25 37 25-0

    Website: http://www.mauer-museum.com

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    Checkpoint Charlie

    by Maryimelda Updated May 17, 2012

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    The Checkpoint Charlie site that all the visitors flock to see these days, is not the original and from what I can gather, it doesn't even stand in exactly the same place. It is what is left of the facility as it stood at some time during the life of the Wall dividing East from West, I seem to be reading conflicting reports or at least reports that are to me, quite confusing.

    In any event, the present display is part of the Mauermuseum which stands nearby and has recorded all the history of the Cold War. The Museum opened two years after the wall was built. It is a mine of information but you really need to have plenty of time to really appreciate what it has to offer and of course, to get your money's worth as the entrance fee is not cheap.

    Getting back to the Checkpoint Charlie booth outside, it is manned by actors who portray both the Soviet and American soldiers. You can have a photo taken with them for a small fee. When I say actors, let me add that the ones I saw were not very good actors as they posed on guard whilst smoking cigarettes and talking to each other. The Soviet guard disappeared for lengthy periods of time when I was there as well. Tended to kill the effect for me, I'm afraid.

    Address: Friedrichstraße, Corner Kochstraße

    Directions: U-Bahn: Kochstrasse

    Phone: (030) 25 37 25-0

    Website: http://www.mauer-museum.com

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    Checkpoint Charlie

    by zuyao Written Mar 16, 2012

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    Many visitors to Berlin make it a point to visit a relic Berlin's division - Checkpoint Charlie. For EUR2, you can take pictures with the guy dressed in Soviet army costume in front of the checkpoint. Another EUR2, you can have you passport stamped with the checkpoint stamp. But I would prefer not to do that with your valid passport as it may lead to complications later at the airport. Maybe you can bring along an old expired passport for this!

    Address: Friedrichstraße, Corner Kochstraße

    Directions: U-Bahn: Kochstrasse

    Phone: (030) 25 37 25-0

    Website: http://www.mauer-museum.com

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    Wall Museum

    by zuyao Written Mar 15, 2012

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    The Wall Museum (Mauermuseum) is also known as the Haus Am Checkpoint Charlie. The museum documents the events leading to the construction of the Berlin Wall, the attempts of Berliners to cross the wall and finally the fall of the wall itself. There are displays of various original objects used to escape from East Berlin to the West. It also showcases the ingenuity of East Berliners in their quest for freedom.

    The museum is open daily from 9am to 10pm. Entrance is EUR12.50.

    Address: Friedrichstraße, 43-45, Berlin

    Directions: U-Bahn: Kochstrasse
    The museum is facing the checkpoint itself.

    Phone: (030) 25 37 25-0

    Website: http://www.mauer-museum.com

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    Checkpoint Charlie

    by csordila Written Mar 5, 2012

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    It is one of the most important symbol of freedom in Berlin. I didn't know much about the history of this landmark, and that is due to my laconic attention span in regards to history. it's one of the entrances between east and west berlin. it is heart wrenching, inspiring
    and it sets your priorities straight, if only for a couple of hours.

    Address: Friedrichstraße, Corner Kochstraße

    Directions: U-Bahn: Kochstrasse

    Phone: (030) 25 37 25-0

    Website: http://www.mauer-museum.com

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    CHECK OUT CHECKPOINT CHARLIE

    by DennyP Updated Jan 31, 2012

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    ..I , like most who visit Berlin took a visit to Check point Charlie!!.
    I know it's the real touristy thing to do but I was very interested to see this site from the military point of view.. Rather a small checkpoint I thought!! ...I don't know why I thought that it would be bigger!!
    From the 22nd of September 1961 this ("Checkpoint Charlie") is where all members of the Allied Armed Forces had to register before being able to cross into East Berlin. This was only one of seven border crossing sites that were used . The main border crossing was Drewitz (East Germany) was the buisiest and most used border crossing into West Germany and known in the west as ("Checkpoint Bravo") 4.5 million vehicles and 10 million people passed through these checkpoints a year. Closed in 1990 all that remains today is a guard tower.
    To stand and envisage the scenes here of excitement, nervousness, trepidation and dissapointment so many souls must have had while trying to cross from east to west at any of these border crossings with it sometimes all ending in dissapointment , also, I imagined there were so many who had a huge sigh of releif after making it through the crossing.
    I was fortunate that there weren't a lot of tourists there the time of my visit to Checkpoint Charlie, and noticeably so many opportunists seeing what they could sell to the few tourists on hand!!...I was taken really by the amount of shops and vendors selling (or trying to sell) all forms of militaria...I guess not only for souvenirs but as militaria has such a huge collection fraternity there were all sorts of military collectables for sale..from uniforms and boots to hats and helmets also a huge variety of badges and insignia in all forms of East German, Russian German and American. Of course a lot being sold as original , but is commonly known as reproduction items..all very colourful and I must say that I noticed that the vendors I talked with were not pushy and sales aggressive as some tend to be in these sorts of table and shop sale venues.
    I haven't written much of any history here on "Checkpoint Charlie" here as I really can't add anything to the many tips here on the subject ...suffice to say it's very interesting and worth a look and a few touristy photos. maybe a souvenir !!.

    Address: Friedrichstraße, Corner Kochstraße

    Directions: U-Bahn: Kochstrasse

    Phone: (030) 25 37 25-0

    Website: http://www.mauer-museum.com

    BORDER CROSSING KNOWN AS CHECKPOINT CHARLIE INFORMATION SIGN
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    My first stop

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 27, 2011

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    I just couldn't avoid Checkpoint Charlie because it is situated on a way to my hotel. In a day time this place is crowded by courious tourists although, in my opinion, it offers nothing interesting to see.
    In my opinion, war is act against humanity, against all what we humans really are. But when the war is finaly over we must face the acts of political stupidity and arrogancy, especially by those who call themselves the world leaders. In the name of whom and in the name of what kind of justice arrogant politicians have decided to devide one country and its people, creating two separate states? It was nothing but act of war after war was over.

    Address: Friedrichstraße, Corner Kochstraße

    Directions: U-Bahn: Kochstrasse

    Phone: (030) 25 37 25-0

    Website: http://www.mauer-museum.com

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    Mauermuseum: Haus am Checkpoint Charlie

    by toonsarah Updated Jun 17, 2011

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    One of the highlights of our previous trip to Berlin was a visit to this museum. Privately run, it documents the story of the Berlin Wall, and in particular the individual stories of those who sought to escape from the East by risking their lives to cross it. As the website explains:
    ”The first exhibition opened on the 19 October 1962 in an apartment with only two and a half rooms in famous Bernauer Straße. The street was divided along its whole length; the buildings in the east had been vacated and their windows were bricked up. We suggested that tourists be thankful to those border guards who do not shoot to kill: “See through the uniform!” Some guards saw that we understood, and after their own escapes came to work with us. The large number of visitors encouraged us to look for new premises: on 14 June 1963 the “Haus am Checkpoint Charlie” was opened and became an island of freedom right next to the border. From here, through a small window, escape helpers could observe all movements at the border crossing; escapees were always welcome and supported, escape plans were worked out, and injustice in the GDR was always fought against."

    The most interesting of the exhibits are those that relate to these escape attempts. We were fascinated by a small car from which everything that could possibly be considered unnecessary had been removed, leaving space for an escapee and just enough petrol to cross No Man’s Land. There are kites powered with Trabant engines, hot-air balloons, and even a mini-submarine used in an escape via the Baltic Sea. The museum also calls itself “the first museum of international nonviolent protest”. Exhibits relating to protest elsewhere include Mahatma Gandhi’s diary and his sandals.

    The Wall came down in 1989, but the Mauermuseum lives on, its exhibits a tribute to those who fought against the harshness of the GDR regime. And having enjoyed it so much last time round we were tempted to go in again. But in the end we decided that our time was too limited to visit again something that would only have changed in its details – and I confess we were also put off by the hefty €12.50 admission charge. But if you can spare the cash and have time to really look round at everything and get your money’s worth, do visit, as there really are some incredible stories told here. And one addition since our 1985 visit is the original of the “You are now leaving the American sector sign” – the one that now stands at Checkpoint Charlie (photo 2) is a replica.

    Photography is not allowed, but I had snapped this photo of a display of international passports behind the ticket desk before anyone pointed that out to me!

    Address: Friedrichstraße 43-45, 10969 Berlin

    Directions: Nearest station is Kochstraße (U6)

    Website: http://www.mauermuseum.de

    Entrance to Haus am Checkpoint Charlie Replica ��� the original is in the museum
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  • Jan 7, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    The Mauer Museum is really interesting. It tells the story of many persons who escaped or tried to escape from the DDR. It is impressive how creative their ideas were and what they risked for their freedom. It is a must-see in Berlin as it helps to understand the terrible history of this city.