The name “Checkpoint Charlie”also known as ‘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 (1947–1991).
East German leader Walter Ulbricht agitated and maneuvered to get the Soviet Union’s permission to construct the Berlin Wall in 1961 to stop Eastern Bloc emigration and defectionwestward through the Soviet border system, preventing escape across the city sector border from communist East Berlin into West Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie became a symbol of the Cold War, representing the separation of East and West. Soviet and American tanks briefly faced each other at the location during the Berlin Crisis of 1961.
In 2001, a replica of the sign ‘You Are Now Leaving the American Sector’and the guard house was placed at Checkpoint Charlie. The building at Checkpoint Charlie became a tourist attraction. Tourists can have their photographs taken for a fee with actors dressed as allied military policemen standing in front of the guard house.
To see the replica of Checkpoint Charlie is free.
You can visit Checkpoint Charlie always. I’ts located on the busy street Friedrichstraße.