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Berlin Wall Museum - Haus am Checkpoint Charlie

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Location type: Museum
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Just steps from the famous crossing point between the two Berlins, the Wall Museum—House at Checkpoint Charlie tells the story of the Wall and, even more riveting, the stories of those who escaped through, under, and over it. The homespun museum reviews the events leading up to the Wall’s construction and, with original tools and devices, plus recordings and photographs, shows how East Germans escaped to the West (one of the most ingenious contraptions was a miniature submarine). Exhibits about human rights and paintings interpreting the Wall round out the experience. Come early or late in the day to avoid the multitudes dropped off by tour buses. Monday can be particularly crowded.

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The site of many a Cold War showdown, Checkpoint Charlie was where American and Soviet soldiers faced each other across a heavily guarded border post, a chink in the all-but-impenetrable Berlin Wall. Little remains of the Checkpoint itself, but the small museum nearby is full of rich detail on the history of the Wall. It also documents, in a motley array of exhibits, the curious, courageous—and often deadly—attempts by legions of East Germans to cross the Wall, here or elsewhere along the border. (Some dug tunnels, others tried hot-air balloons.)


Haus am Checkpoint Charlie
Friedrichstrasse 43-45
10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Tel: +49 (30) 253-7250
Open: daily, 9am-10pm

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