Checkpoint Charlie

Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
It is the scene of several thrillers and espionage novels ranging from James Bond’s “Octo-pussy” to “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold” by John le Carré: Check Point Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie is Berlin’s most famous border crossing and an infamous Cold War symbol. Located on the Friedrichstraße, it was the flashpoint between the American and Soviet sectors of Berlin.

Check Point Charlie sign, Berlin Germany

Check Point Charlie sign, Berlin Germany

At Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall ran from east to west, putting the former Soviet sector to the north side of the checkpoint and the American sector to the south.

Starting on 22 September 1961 at most famous East German-West German border crossing, allied soldiers registered members of the American, British and French armed forces before their trip to East Berlin. Here foreign tourists were able to inform themselves about their stay.

Checkpoint Charlie as tourist attraction

Checkpoint Charlie as tourist attraction. The ersatz guard house viewed from what was the American sector. Beyond it is a mast with an image of a Soviet soldier.

Because of its role as a transition point for the members of the Allied forces, the Friedrichstraße border checkpoint in October 1961 was the scene of the so-called tank stand off. Today an installation by the artist Frank Thiel commemorates this incident as well as a plaque at the former border.

Nearby can also be found the “Berlin Wall Museum – Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie,” which again had a replica of the first Allied guardhouse set up on the median strip of the Friedrichstraße.

Don’t miss out to visit the Berlin Wall Museum (Mauermuseum), Haus am Checkpoint Charlie.

Friedrichstraße 43-45
10969 Berlin Kreuzberg