Friedrichstraße 43-45, Berlin, Germany
Checkpoint Charlie Berlin Reviews
Checkpoint Charlie Aug 05, 2011
Almost nobody arrives in Berlin without a visit to this historic site, however it is one of the most over-hyped tourist attractions I have ever encountered. Even before the Wall came down, there really wasn't very much to see here and now there is even less.
Seriously, the original crossing consisted of a small guard hut (smaller, I think, than the one there now) and a level crossing barrier. That was all you could really see from the Western side. In those days, it derived much of its kudos from being 'the' crossing point for military personnel, diplomats and journalists.
These days it is like the disneyland crossing of Berlin, with a fake guard hut and actors dressed as guards that you can have your photo taken with for a few Euros.
Much better, in my opinion is to have your photo taken for free by the preserved border sign which reads, rather ominously, 'You are now leaving the American Sector'.
You can also get a border stamp done on a postcard for a few euros. Again, how authentic this is??? In the days when you needed a visa, I don't recall a stamp and you had to give the visa back to the guard before you were allowed back to the West over the crossing at Friedrichstr. Station.
Right by the tourist stuff is the Mauermuseum/Haus am Checkpoint Charlie. This Museum used to celebrate the various attempts made to circumvent the wall and escape from the Communist East Berlin into Capitalist West Berlin. Amongst the exhibits, there is or used to be a hot air balloon, used by 8 people to fly over the Wall and a car with a tiny boot, used to smuggle an escapee; both much more impressive to see than I make them sound here. There is also a large souvenir shop.
One to do along the way, in my opinion, as it is on Friedrichstr. which is off Unter den Linden, one of Berlin's most prominent Boulevards. Once on Unter den Linden, depending on which direction you go in, you can walk from here to Gendarmenmarkt, the Nikolaiviertel, Fernsehturm(Television Tower) or to the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag (parliament), Holocaust Memorial, Tiergarten, Sony Centre at Potsdamer Platz.
Marked free, but you will have to pay an entrance fee for the Museum.
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Checkpoint Charlie! Jun 23, 2011
Checkpoint Charlie is the well known Berlin Wall which was the crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War. The checkpoint was to register and inform members of the Western Military Forces before entering East Berlin.
It was removed on the 22nd of June 1990, but a copy of the american guardhouse was erected on the 13th of August 2000. You can take photos with the guards there, as well as the famous replica of the famous sign at the rmer East-West Berlin border.
The museum at Checkpoint Charlie provides photos of the famous stand-offs between the Soviet and American tanks that stood guard there four decades ago. It also houses a museum devoted to world peace, which chronicles the efforts of Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and others who stood up to injustice using non-violent means.
Address: Friedrichstraße 43-45, 10969 Berlin
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