Trip Planner Europe  /  Germany  /  Berlin  /  Historic Sites  /  Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin

Categories: Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
2.4/5 based on 7,000+ reviews on the web
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.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • They left in its place the former border between the two Berlin after World War II. The German Communist Party and the party organized by American-French and English. It all comes down to a small booth and some masked actor from soldier to get some pictures.
    show original
  • Pretty cool to see the checkpoint. Had a Soldier dressed up and some good historical reads at the location. It also had a presentation you could see, but I believe the cost was 5 euro. 
  • Interesting to see and know what is the reason of its existence. If you do not have a guide should consult on the internet why their existence.
    show original
  • The supposed guards that are in checkpoint charlie are fake guys who are very rude to visitors. I saw them yell at a poor guy who was trying to get a picture. The fake guards are very rude and unprofessional. To get the passport stamp they want 10 euros, which to me it sounds very expensive. I didn't see the value on this place.
  • While a place of overwhelming historical significance, it is terribly presented as of my visit. It has become a tourist trap, with actors dressed as US soldiers charging money to take a photo in front of what should probably be a public historic memorial site. The only thing that pulls this up to a 2 star rating instead of a 1 star is the fact that there is some significance preserved at this site. While I recommend a visit, don't get sucked into the trap this has become.
  • Too touristy and over exploited. A bunch of actors stand at the former checkpoint Charlie dressed as American soldiers. They're yelling done American military phrases at passers by and you can pose to take a photo with them. There's a huge multi storey MacDonald's job there background to run the picture even more... Checkpoint Charlie is historically extremely significant. There is barely any information about it's history and the state that it's in right now does not do it any justice. A site this important to the German history should be treated with more respect.
  • It's cool and all but sadly it is the overly touristic part of the city after the Wall and the Gate. Tourist buses, McDonalds and some actors being a American soldiers, gosh it is badly made.
  • There is a Mc Donalds in the background ruining pretty much every photo you can possibly take. Too little information about this really important spot. Just two person dressed as american soldiers that you can pose with. There is so much that Berlin can offer. But in its current situation Checkpoint Charlie is not one of them.
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 4​h
Visit for 8​h