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

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based on 12,584 reviews

Well worth the money. Get to see all the main landmarks of Berlin whilst learning lots on the way. I recommend the walking tour, best part of the experience! You get to learn things you would of missed, such as Hitlers Bunker!

Dave was an amazing guide! Did not have much knowledge about Germany’s history but after this trip, I went and checked a lot of spots suggested by him. Left Berlin with a great deal of knowledge. Great experience overall!

This tour was A LOT of fun! The escape stories we learned about were hilarious. And you'll pass by many major sights of Berlin. Perfect activity to do outside on a sunny day :)

Wonderful tour which included the history of Germany. Corbin is an excellent tour guide. I highly recommend him.

Great tour to explore most important parts of the city. Our guide Xavier made to tour even more fantastic!