"Checkpoint Charlie" Checkpoint Charlie Tip by margaretvn

Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin: 171 reviews and 291 photos


After the war when the borders between East and West Germany was closed there were checkpoints into East Germany were military and diplomats could cross the border and were they were registered. Foreign tourists also had to go through the checkpoints. The German authorities in West and East Berlin were not allowed to check any members of the Allied Military Forces in Berlin and in Germany. The first two check points into East Germany were at Helmstedt at the border (this was called Alpha) and at Dreilinden (this was called Bravo). After the border was closed in 1961 military staff of the west and diplomats were only allowed to enter East Berlin through the crossing point at Berlin Friedrichstrasse where the US military opened a third checkpoint at Friedrichstrasse. Because of the phonetic alphabets names of the others this checkpoint at Friedrichstrasse was called Charlie. Checkpoint Charlie was removed on June 22, 1990 and a copy of the American guardhouse was placed there in August 2000. The East German watchtower was demolished in December 2000.

Address: Friedrichstraße, Corner Kochstraße
Directions: U-Bahn: Kochstrasse
Phone: (030) 25 37 25-0
Website: http://www.mauer-museum.com

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  • Updated Aug 29, 2004
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