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Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin
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Checkpoint Charlie was German's only Cold War border crossing that permitted foreigners to pass through between 1961 and 1990. Though it once represented the separation of East and West Germany, this spot is now just one of the city's many tourist attractions. The checkpoint achieved mythological status because residents of the city were not allowed to use it. Look for the famous "You Are Now Leaving the American Sector" sign. This iconic marker of the past is one of the most photographed spots in the city. Nearby, you can explore the exhibits of a private museum dedicated to the checkpoint and various Berlin Wall memorabilia. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Checkpoint Charlie and many more Berlin attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Berlin holiday planner.
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  • Sorry. So much was said and written on the place, but in reality it's a very touristic place with hardly anything left of what it was. 
  • Yes, if you are American, or a fan of Cold War spy novels or history, you have to go. But it is pretty clearly now something of a tourist trap, with most elements recreated rather than original. Still...  more »
  • The site is very sad in as you get to see and read the disgraceful act of separation of a city but the worst thing is being asked to pay €4 euros to get a picture of Germans dressed up as American sol...  more »
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  • Worth going to see but don't expect too much! If you want a photo with the 2 "soldiers" then they ruin your excitement by making sure you pay €1 before posing with you; otherwise they'll go back to eating their lunch. Do walk round the open air historical gallery next door (opens at 10). Try to go first thing in the morning to beat the crowds.
  • The booth is a replica of the original however I get no sense of the historical tension because the only remnants of the wall are in the sidewalk. There are a few original buildings, but hard to get a sense of history in this touristy place. If you are interested in the museum then you will visit by default. If you are not going to the museum nor have a reason why this place is special to you then I think it lacks signifigance. The actors in uniform will stamp your passport for 7 euros, I advise against this as it may void a federal document as well as you are exposing sensitive credentials to strangers.
  • A great place to visit with so much history. Just across the road is the "black box" a small museum with loads of history and pictures of the checkpoint. Watch out for people trying to scam you, claiming they are collecting money for the deaf, be blunt and tell them NO! Other than that it's great.
  • Crowded and touristy, but being a history nerd, I couldn't pass it up during my one day in Berlin. Wish I could have stuck around longer to see the museum. Still, I got a good impression of the place, along with its important role in Cold War history.
  • On one hand a must see, however, a bit too much of only a photo stop with little historic on the other. Take a walk along the former Berlin wall to learn much more about the history.