Berlin Wall Museum (Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie), Berlin
(2.2/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web)
The Checkpoint Charlie Museum is named after the famous Berlin Wall border checkpoint. Berlin Wall Museum (Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie) documents what East Germany's government once saw as the "best border security system in the world." Here, you can view photographs and documents narrating the stories of successful escape attempts from East Germany. The museum's permanent exhibit includes unusual instruments and apparatuses that the East Germans used to attempt escape over and under the wall. You'll see hot-air balloons, getaway cars, chairlifts, and even mini U-boats. Rainer Hildebrandt, a well-known anti-communist resistance fighter and historian, founded the museum in 1962. Use our Berlin itinerary planner to add Berlin Wall Museum (Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie) and other attractions to your Berlin vacation plans.
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  • I really enjoyed this museum. Much of the information was anecdotal and conveyed the experiences of normal Berliners living on either side of the wall during the cold war. The escape stories were fasc...  more »
  • The price was not worth it. Pros: Several languages explaining the significance of each piece Escape methods exhibit of the museum Cons: Crowded Overpriced Boring (and I'm interested in this topic) Su...  more »
  • This museum allows to plunge in the cold war and to discover the imagination of the East Germans to flee!
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  • I wasn't expecting much looking at some of the bad reviews. It's a bit run down. However it's very interesting. Lots of reading with each photo could take you days. But the stories of ingenuity trying to escape are amazing. A few cars there with modified hide places are fascinating to see. Even a few home made microlites!
  • Some nice stories and exhibits although there is no order to the place at all. It is a little overpriced and the extra two Euros for the photo pass is a bit harsh. My main niggle though is just the sheer amount of written text on the walls. Information is good, but I'd rather sit down at home with a book to go into this much detail. I still think it's worth a visit though just for the personal stories and exhibits that connect with them!!
  • I totally agree with others that this museum is not very well structured, but with some attention it is not hard to find your way through. The amount of information is incredible. I totally recommend this museum to get the sense of that times, but please take enough time for the visit.
  • Save your money and go to the German History Museum and Berlin Wall Documentation Centre instead. This place is very badly organized I was so frustrated trying to follow the exhibits. There are a few interesting artifacts scattered around but it is totally not worth the price of admission.
  • No order to the museum. Mainly just photos with explanations. You'd get a more enjoyable experience from a book. There were a few scattered escape artifacts, but mostly described as "they escaped in something similar to this". Most of the museum was bulked up with history of other countries such as North Korea and Syria.