"The Checkpoint Charlie Museum" Checkpoint Charlie Tip by lashr1999
Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin: 171 reviews and 291 photos
The museum is worth a visit and costs about 10 Euros. There are a few problems with the museum which you may encounter. The museum is not very well laid out and is not in chronological order. In addition, several displays and pictures are repeated in different parts of the museum for no apparent reason. In addition, the grammar on some of the English translations leaves something to be desired. However, at least there an attempt of translating the museum for different groups of people. This is a plus since most museums in the US only have English translations.
The museum has several levels. It explains the formation of the socialist unity party and how it was put in place even though 85% of people in West Berlin voted against it. It details the soviet blockades, how the socialist unity part took control of the parliament and how the Berlin Wall was erected.
The most interesting aspect of the museum are the exhibits about the methods people used to escape from East Berlin. There are suitcases that were specially made for small people to fit inside. On display are shovels and other tools people used to make tunnel to escape under the Berlin Wall. Two escape methods I found cool were a hot air balloon and another of a car with a hidden compartment which helped people escape.
Upstairs there are numerous photos of nations rejoicing when the Berlin wall was finally brought down. In addition in a separate room, there are various paintings done by kids celebrating Berlin.
Hours are 9AM-10PM Daily and the cost is 7 Euros at least in 2006.
Address: Friedrichstraße, Corner Kochstraße
Directions: U-Bahn: Kochstrasse
Phone: (030) 25 37 25-0
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