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Checkpoint Charlie

Friedrichstraße 43-45, Berlin, BE 10969 Germany
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  • Checkpoint Charlie
    Kim Semkin
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    5 Mar 10, 2014

    So much to read a lot of material, but was really good spent hours, then had my photo taken guys at check point Charlie, fun.

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  • Checkpoint CharliePro 2014
    Virginia Head
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    4 Mar 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.

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    djSway
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    4 Jan 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.

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  • Checkpoint CharliePro 2014
    D'Maris Coffman
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    3 Dec 16, 2013

    First saw this in 1989 when it was a lot more meaningful. Not sure I am all that comfortable with the way Berlin commemorates a Divided Germany, but there we are.

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    Olaf Kroll
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    5 Oct 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.

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  • Checkpoint CharliePro 2014
    Maan @Travel Binge
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    3 Oct 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.

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    Menske
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    5 Oct 14, 2013

    the first time in Berlin, this was all reality. we had the Great Wall and watchtowers and the big difference when you looked across the wall to the other site.

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    4 Oct 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.

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    Tasos Kourtparasidis
    3 Apr 06, 2014

    Nice museum full of artifacts used from people of Berlin in their effort to escape from east to western part. A little "overcrowed" of information but placed on the on a historical place.

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  • Checkpoint Charlie
    Nina Kindred
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    3 Mar 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.

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  • Checkpoint Charlie
    Erika Foley
    4 Feb 24, 2013

    Such a famous place, and to have been there was awesome. Lots of history goes with this place, glad to have been there too.

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    Leigh Virkus
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    3 Jan 23, 2013

    This is just a representative of the actual site but still worth seeing. The impact of the wall and it's effect on the people of this city is something everyone needs to understand.

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  • Checkpoint Charlie
    Kersti Ahlgren
    5 Dec 01, 2012

    For nearly 30 years, this checkpoint represented not only a divided Germany but a world in political turmoil.

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    David Lynch
    3 Oct 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.

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  • Checkpoint Charlie
    Chrisitian Digier
    5 Jul 25, 2012

    point de zone américaine durant le débarquement se site devenu touristique a été maintenu sous sa place innitiale en commémoration

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  • Checkpoint Charlie
    Roberta Agnes
    5 Jul 25, 2012

    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.

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  • Checkpoint Charlie
    John H.
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    4 Jul 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.

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  • Checkpoint Charlie
    Linda Smith
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    It is interesting, but doesn't reverberate with Cold War feelings. Hard to believe that Wall lasted as long as it did. What a dumb separation that was.

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  • Checkpoint CharliePro 2014
    Mel S Wong
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    4 Jul 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.

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  • Checkpoint Charlie
    Michelle Mann
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Don't be afraid to let him stamp your passport. My friend did and received no repercussions, now I wish I had.

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3.5 out of 5
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The end of the Cold War in Berlin came as something of an accident. The Government of East Berlin knew it was going to have to lift travel restrictions at some point-- it was clear the war was over. At a press conference in 1989, a government official, through a series of misunderstandings, relayed to the people of Berlin that they were free to travel right that moment. Within the hour, thousands ... read more
of East Berliners were showing up at checkpoints (like checkpoint Charlie) all over Berlin, demanding entry into the western world. After much confusion and tension, travel was allowed, spelling the end of the Berlin Wall. Checkpoint Charlie is, perhaps, the most iconic (west of the wall) of these checkpoints in Berlin. In the American sector of the city, this was the waypoint into and out of East Berlin for decades. Today, all that remains is a facsimile of the signpost that read "You are now leaving the American sector"

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