Checkpoint Charlie (or "Checkpoint C") was the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War (1947–1991), as named by the Western Allies.
Must have been quite a scene to visit in the 80's with this checkpoint sitting in the middle of two civilizations... Now, it is a tourist trap area where McDonald's represent the west and Kentucky Fried Chicken the east... Fun to take a quick look at, but go the the Berlin Wall museum to get really educated instead of this dress-up cheap tourist entertainment area.
I had to tell my brain not to be nervous! Last time i was here i was trying to flee East Germany with forged papers. On my side, you couldn't breathe without someone asking you what you were doing. As soon as the guards waved me through, i was in the same city but the feeling was great. I was free! Now, i just remember that moment when i was on the run from the Stasi and got over with forged papers. And let me tell you as soon as the wall fell i drove right back over to the half of the city i called home. Now it's one thriving city, but let me tell you, i cannot drive here without remembering that moment
Great museum, lots of interesting stories, surprising exhibits and audio-video resources. There's plenty of information and I wish I had went over all of it, but we went there with our 5yr old and it was rather boring for him. As for the souvenir shop outside, it's full of souvenirs you find all over Berlin, but there's a greater variety and everything has a better look and quality. Plus you can buy a piece of the wall which they claim is the real deal.
Awesome piece of history. The guys will take pictures with you for I believe €3. It's on a busy corner so be careful of traffic. Easy bathroom there is at McDonald's, but you're in Europe, so have a euro coin with you to pay to use.
A check point which holding history of the Cold War between East and West Berlin. You will find it a bit odd as to why is this check point still here and what is the point they are trying to make; yeah we felt the same so to add to our understanding we visited the black box and the panoramic view of the Berlin before the wall was bought down. The true importance of this checkpoint was then clarified. This is a must visit for any tourist who visits Berlin.
I really enjoyed visiting here because the history behind it was amazing. However it has been turned into a tourist trap. I did not enjoy the men posing as soldiers having people pay to get pictures with them. I did not go to the museum because there were so many people but the outside display was informative and interesting to read.
Nooo! I first visited Checkpoint Charlie in 1989. I returned in 2017. Disappointed is an understatement. It's a tourist sideshow! I couldn't believe it was the same place. Granted, the wall was up and there were armed guards the last time I went. But still... I gave it more than one star because it does have historical significance. And seeing the difference the decades have made was worth the trip.
A popular Berlin landmark that is definitely worth visiting during a trip to the city. The history behind the checkpoint, a former controlled West Berlin-East Berlin border during the Cold War, is very fascinating and interesting and the museum beside the checkpoint is great. You can have your photo taken with the guards for €3 - some may see this as a money-making opportunity for the checkpoint, but you don't have to have your photo taken and it's a cool photo opportunity if you choose to do so. Conveniently located near U-Bahn stations and a short walk from other landmarks within the city.
I'm glad this has been preserved to learn about it's history. There's a museum there now which I don't remember from my last visit and has a really good gift shop. You're able to get a visa page with the stamps from that time (for a fee) and also take a picture with the officer hats from the various militaries based there (also for a fee). Free pamphlets about the checkpoint are available. It's smack dab in the middle of the street though so do be aware of cars.
This is kind of a tourist trap, with people dressed in uniforms that you can take pictures with and a museum that isn't that interesting really. What I did enjoy the most was reading and learning about the history of Berlin during the time of the wall and how it was eventually brought down. There were good stories documents nicely on the walls with pictures. It was nice to see where the actual checkpoint was, and how it just falls in the middle of a normal street now.
It is certainly a fantastic place to visit given its place in history. The actual checkpoint is in the middle of the street; the sign regarding "entering or leaving" the East/West sides is also on display. There is a wall with pictures and stories of the history. There is a museum and several shops (that include the ability to purchase a small piece of the wall). Look in the sidewalk and street and you can see a line of bricks marking it's location many years ago. Well worth a little time.
So, it was neat. Yeah. For like the 15 seconds we got to see it, as we were on a bus and the streets and sidewalks were so crowded. Was I glad to see it? Yes. Was it worth it? Probably not. It was a little underwhelming honestly. There are so many other wonderful things to see in Germany. If you are a major World War II buff then, yeah, I would recommend it, but if you're like me, and would say merely "meh" I would steer you to see the Brandenburg Gate, the WWII memorials, and the pieces of the Berlin Wall still up. Plus much else.
Pretty fun. You can take your picture at the check point with the guards for €3. They make it fun and quickly usher any unwanted photo bombers away. The shops are very touristy and there's coffee everywhere. Good coffee! Check out the spy museum a few blocks away as well. Like them in Facebook and get €2 off the entry. 🙃