Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie

This place reminds of one of the most stressful and dramatic moments in Berlin history. Checkpoint Charlie used to be the Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin. There were two other crossing points on the territory of the city (Alpha and Bravo) but Charlie Checkpoint was the most famous as it separated Russian and American sectors and symbolized the clash between two nations. It is now, of course, merely a tourist attraction that doesn’t perform its original functions. Today the checkpoint is decorated with the portraits of Russian and American soldiers looking at the territories of each other. Checkpoint Charlie was also the place where nations exchanged the spies and military officials who were detained on the territories of the allies and USSR. Near the location there is now a private museum devoted to the history of the Berlin Wall and human rights. Among the exhibits of the museum there is various equipment that was intended to help the escapees to cross the border of the country that wad divided into two parts – flying machines, armoured vehicles, diving suits and even submarines. All of them were used in various efforts to overcome the Berlin Wall.

Address: Friedrichstraße 43-45
Opening hours: daily 9 am – 10 pm
How to reach: Kochstraße U6
Coordinates: 52.507563, 13.390228