Checkpoint Charlie, BerlinCheckpoint Charlie, Berlin

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Checkpoint Charlie has been a symbol of the cold war and the east-west tensions. It is nowadays much more a symbol of capitalism victory against communism: the place is overcrowded with tourists, souvenir shops, advertising placards and world chain fast foods...

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Checkpoint Charlie was maybe the most famous gate between east and west...

Checkpoint Charlie Museum : the first exhibition opened on the 19th October 1962 in an apartment with only two and a half rooms in the Bernauer Straße... It is now an interesting museum, hosting really poignant testimonies of the cold war era and the dramas that occurred there...

Go into the streets around checkpoint Charlie and have a look at the amazing art galleries that surround this famous historical place.

You can see remains of the wall (300m, east) on the Niederkirchnerstrasse.

My personal recommendations: 

Try to have a drink or eat in one of the local historical cafés (at the corner between Zimmerstrasse and Friedrichstrasse for instance) where soldiers used to rest and feel the experience of the cold war days... But hurry up and don’t wait too much : due to real estate speculation and high local rent fares, these cafés are progressively replaced by international fast food chains.

How getting there: 

Checkpoint Charlie museum :
Friedrichstraße 43-45
D-10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

All day long.
Checkpoint Charlie museum : Open every day of the year from 9:00 until 22:00 h

Visit duration: 

Checkpoint Charlie museum : 2h

Entry fees: 

Checkpoint Charlie museum :
Adults 12,50 EUR
School and university students 7,50 EUR

Contact: 

Phone : +49 (0) 30 25 37 25-0