Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin
Planning to visit Checkpoint Charlie? See our information below!
Checkpoint Charlie is the famous checkpoint during the Cold War era. It is the former border crossing from the Soviet Union to the US sector inside Berlin. Unfortunately, little remains of the original post. The border crossing between Berlin-Mitte and Kreuzberg was one of the few passages for diplomats and other chosen people.
Near the Checkpoint is also the Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, where you will find a lot of historical material and many photos. From which you can also read many stories about extraordinary escape attempts. Some successful, but most without a happy ending. The most famous story is that of the teenager, Peter Fechter, who lost his life while trying to cross from East to West. This third Allied border crossing gets its name from the phonetic alphabet where Charlie stands for C.
Checkpoint Charlie can be visited every day of the year, every hour. Mauermuseum opening hours are every day from: 09:00 AM to 22:00 PM.
Tips and Tricks!
Here are a few tips you should know before visiting Checkpoint Charlie!
- We recommend coming early in the morning (between 07:00 am – 09:00 am) or later at night (between 05:00 pm – 08:00 pm) to avoid the busiest times. Indeed, it can be very crowded.
- Be sure to visit the Berlin Wall Museum. Here you will find lots of information about Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall. In addition, you’ll also have a nice aerial view of this border crossing from here.
Checkpoint Charlie has certainly changed. I saw it in the early 80s when it was still a border crossing.