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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

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

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

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

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

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.

Checkpoint Charlie: Our Tips

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 to visit
    Mauer Museum hours: 9:00AM - 10:00PM
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    Bring your passport with you! If you ask nicely, the "border guards" will give you an Allied Forces crossing stamp.

What People Are Saying About Checkpoint Charlie

Lewis was very passionate about tour and gave us a lot of attention.

Great experience. We got to know Berlin in a very nice and clear way through the tour. Thanks a lot!

Berlin Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Cristina, 01/21/2017

Very balanced account on the cold war history of Berlin

Tour was very interesting, showing lot's of locations. I would highly recommend this tour as you get to know a lot about Berlins recent history.

Berlin Insider's Cold War Walking Tour Reviewed by Dominik, 12/30/2016

The perfect way to learn about this wondeful city!

Excellent!! Our guide, Aaron, was absolutely brilliant! He was so knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Berlin. He kept us captivated with endless facts and stories and thoroughly entertained with his witty charm. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Berlin. We learnt so much about this wonderful city and it was free!!!

Berlin: The Original Free Historical Walking Tour Reviewed by Suzanne, 12/18/2016

You will never hear a history teller like this

We were the last group on Saturday @14:00 pm but definitely not the least one. Rob the legend I call him:) didn´t only tell the history behind Berlin but actually made us to live those times. Very friendly very positive very energetic and you will get the British sense of humor from him of course :)

Berlin Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Ibrahim, 12/12/2016

Excellent value for money, highly recommendable

Really easy to use, easy to pick up from airport, gave us the freedom for 72 hours to travel freely in Berlin on all public transport. Would always buy this again

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