Checkpoint Charlie

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History at the Touchpoint of East and West Berlin

For 28 years, Checkpoint Charlie was the most famous crossing point between East and West Berlin. It was site of many tense historical moments between Soviet and American forces, and it remains a symbol of the Cold War to this day.

  • Building The Wall

    1. Building The Wall

    By 1961, 20% of East Germany’s population had immigrated to the West, causing economic loss to the Soviet Union. So, on August 13th, the Wall and its “death strip” was built.

  • The Checkpoint

    2. The Checkpoint

    Checkpoint C was the only Berlin crossing point for Allied forces and foreigners. The West built a small wooden house at the location so it wouldn't appear as an official border.

  • U.S.-Soviet Standoff

    3. U.S.-Soviet Standoff

    Soon after the Wall's construction, the U.S. and Soviet armies had a faceoff, with tanks pointed at one another for six days. It ended peacefully when the Soviets withdrew.

  • The Death of Peter Fechter

    4. The Death of Peter Fechter

    A teenager bled to death near the Checkpoint after being shot by East German guards while trying to escape to the West. Neither side went to his aid out of fear of retribution.

  • The Fall of The Wall

    5. The Fall of The Wall

    The Wall fell on November 9th, 1989. Although reunification didn't occur until a year later, open travel at Checkpoint Charlie began. The guard house was removed in October 1990.

Planning Your Visit

  • Visiting The Checkpoint Today

    It is a massively popular tourist attraction fit with a replica of the iconic wooden shed, actors dressed as American soldiers and wartime souvenirs. The free open air exhibition is packed with history, and, for a more in-depth overview, the Museum Haus Am Checkpoint Charlie (or Mauer Museum) is open year round, open from 9:00AM to 10:00PM.

  • How to Get There

    Checkpoint Charlie is located off the Kochstraße stop on the U6 line.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Mauer Museum hours: 9:00AM - 10:00PM
  • Is it expensive?
    Checkpoint Charlie is located outside and is free to look at. Tickets to the Mauer Museum cost €12.50.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide isn't required of course, but with so much history discover, it'd be worth it!
  • How to get there
    *Fahren Sie mit der U-Bahn (U6) zur Haltestelle Kochstraße. *
  • Additional information
    Bring your passport with you! If you ask nicely, the "border guards" will give you an Allied Forces crossing stamp.

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What people are saying about Checkpoint Charlie

Overall rating

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We had a really lovely time on this tour with our guide Eran. He was super knowledgeable and even shared personal stories about his family‘s experiences in the war. He was really kind even though we turned up slightly late (got lost!). Would highly recommend Eran as a guide, not only did he answer all of our questions but he was also happy to chat about everything Berlin! Thoroughly enjoyed his company and it was nice to share our personal thoughts with him at the Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe.

Have been on many tours over the years and this was one of the best. Martin, our guide, was informative, knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour and the 2 hour tour flew by! We really enjoyed it, it was the highlight of our trip.

My grandfather owned a Trabi and I’ve always been fascinated with the DDR history, thus I found this experience truly fantastic! I enjoy every single moment driving the Trabi!

Our guide Fran was absolutely amazing! The tour was fantastic! I strongly recommend this walking tour to everyone.

Very knowledge guide. Tour was very informative, would highly recommend.