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- 74%Local Culture
- 58%Budget Travelers
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- Checkpoint CharlieMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersWellness+ 4First to ReviewMar 03, 2014
There is an outdoor museum that also gives a lot of good information about the wall, but if you want to see and experience what Berlin was like while the wall was up, this is the place. The museum also details the quite creative ways people tried, sometimes successfully, and often with quite unfortunate results, to cross into West Berlin. It's a really interesting museum, but also only worth it if you really want to know everything about the wall, since there is a lot of information at other sites as well.Recommended for:
- Checkpoint CharlieMember ofLocal CultureLGBTHistory BuffsArt & Design LoversJan 17, 2014
Worth a visit if you're a Cold War junkie - this is undoubetly a famous point in history -- even if what stands today is a recreation. The museum is a bit tacky and jam-packed, but interesting nonetheless.Recommended for:
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- Checkpoint CharlieMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBackpackersAdventure TravelersNightlife LoversOct 20, 2013
Every Berlin traveler needs to go here. This is a famous border crossing point for the former East-West border. There is an amazing museum closeby in which they document the craziest escape attempts of Eastern Germans.Recommended for:
- Checkpoint CharlieMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 14Oct 17, 2013
When I saw Checkpoint Charlie it was still a checkpoint and the wall hasn't been toppled yet so everyone had to line up when crossing to the East. When it was our vehicle's turn, they ask for our passports, they stare at us then check everything in the vehicle, from the trunk, engine and under making sure no escapee.Recommended for:
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- Checkpoint CharlieMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Oct 05, 2013
This is a small museum that shows some historic facts of the war and how people managed to survive with all sorts of creative unimaginable solutions for escape. It is overpacked with tourists, but i still think is worth the visit.Recommended for:
- Checkpoint CharlieMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Mar 14, 2013
Quirky and a great view into what it was like when the wall was there. Some of the exhibits also tell how the people really felt about it on both sides of the wall. There is still so much to learn about the time period and the people who were affected by the wall, that it's a great place to start.
- Checkpoint CharlieOct 22, 2012
It's almost become a caricature of what it once was, with I guess tourists queuing up to have their photos taken with people posing as soldiers. The museum is worth a visit with photographs, memorabilia & harrowing tales, of those that managed to escape & those that didn't succeed in scaling the wall.
- Checkpoint CharlieMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jul 15, 2012
Checkpoint Charlie is basically a small security stall. There are some bits of the wall that still stand nearby. It is hard not to be moved by it if you aren't acquainted with the history. Be sure to check out the small museum to learn more about it.Recommended for:
- Checkpoint CharlieMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 5Jul 05, 2012
What a difference twenty years could make! The separation from east and west, the reunion of east and west. From symbol of the cold war, bloc and freedom, to the symbol of beginning, to tourism and commercialism.
I had been lucky enough to have visited West Berlin right before the wall came down; right after the wall came down; during the rejuvenation of the former east Berlin; and most recently in 2011. Having seen the changes that occured in the last twenty years, I must say I am a bit sadden that Checkpoint Charlie has been reduced to a tourist circus where actors in costumes man the checkpoint booth replica....charging a fee for photos no less.
The first few visits I recall the air being somber, alert, and respectful. Now, McDonalds, Starbucks, and loud souvenir shops line the streets around it.
I suppose the historical significance is still celebrated here since there is a very informative outdoor exhibit, located around the corner of the checkpoint, which really should be the focal point of this tourist attraction. Nevertheless, I really wished the checkpoint itself was given a more dignifying treatment.Recommended for: