Berlin, Germany*

About Berlin

Berlin, a city with a charged history and enormous appeal! A city trip with an exciting mix of stately buildings and ultra-modern architecture. Berlin is different from other cities. Of course, Berlin, like most European capitals, is large and varied with an old core in a modern guise. Historical yet hip again, gray in some places but very green and almost Mediterranean in others. However, what makes Berlin so different is its history.
The appearance of Berlin today is a fascinating mix of old stately buildings and ultra-modern architecture, with the only natural boundary being the River Spree, which divides Berlin not into east and west but into north and south. Berlin is now a cultural metropolis of the first order. The city is more popular than ever for young and old and there is a lot to do. Berlin, for example, has an impressive selection of museums. Well-known are of course the Pergamon Museum, the Egyptian Museum and Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, but this offer is still being expanded with spectacular new museums such as the Filmmuseum or with the redesign of existing locations such as the Alte Nationalgalerie.

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Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, Germany

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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.

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