Checkpoint C, nicknamed 'Checkpoint Charlie' by Western allies during the Cold War, is famous for being the best-known crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin. From our hotel, take a short bus ride to the Stadmitte U-Bahn stop to visit the landmark.
Decades after the conflict ended with the Berlin Wall being torn down in 1989, Checkpoint Charlie stands as a reminder of the struggle and progress that's taken place in Germany's capital over the course of the 20th century.
Things to see and doThe site has been carefully reconstructed with a replica of both the US Army guardhouse and the original border sign. If you would like to see the original white booth used at the checkpoint, head to the Allied Museum.
Next to the replica guardhouse on Friedrichstrasse you’ll find the Mauer Museum, the Museum House. It was originally opened in 1962 opposite the wall, on the corner of Wollinerstrasse and Bernauerstrasse, by human rights activist Dr. Rainer Hildebrant. It was founded as a reaction to the Wall’s construction in the previous year, there to document its construction. The popularity of the museum saw Hildebrant move it to a larger location, where it presently resides on Friedrichstrasse. The museum became a base for escape organizers, protestors and journalists during the Wall’s existence.
Today the museum offers the chance to see documentation and artifacts of escape attempts, the history of the wall and other key events in Germany’s history, as well as exhibitions about human rights and freedom facing us today.