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Checkpoint Charlie

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Name:
Checkpoint Charlie
Continent:
EUROPE
Alt Name:
Haus am Checkpoint Charlie
Country:
Germany
Period:
Cold War
Sub-Region:
-
Date:
1900AD - 1999AD
City/Town:
Berlin
Figure:
Stalin
Resorts:
Berlin, Potsdam,
Related:
Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate,
Berlin Stasi Prison, Reichstag,

Checkpoint Charlie history

Checkpoint Charlie was an important crossing point in the Berlin Wall, which separated East and West Berlin from 1961 to 1989.

The Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie were prominent symbols of the Cold War. At the time, West Berlin was controlled by the American, British and French forces and East Berlin by the Soviet Union.

In a bid to prevent the ongoing migration of East Berliners to the west, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin erected the Berlin Wall, closing off East Berlin from the rest of the city.

Checkpoint ‘C’, nicknamed Checkpoint Charlie based on the NATO phonetic alphabet, was the only place where Allied forces were allowed to cross the border and, at its location at the junction of Friedrichstraße with Zimmerstraße and Mauerstraße, was also the most visible checkpoint along the wall.

Checkpoint Charlie was made up of a watchtower and barriers erected by the Soviet forces, while the American forces originally had only a temporary wooden shack followed by a temporary metal structure.

Checkpoint Charlie was the site of many stand offs between the Soviet and American forces, including the October 1961 dispute over the checking of the travel documents of US officials, which culminated in both sides amassing tanks at the checkpoint.

However, it was the tragic death of attempted East Berlin escapee, Peter Fechter which attracted mass protest and some of the most poignant imagery of the time. The teenager was shot by Soviet guards as he tried to flee to the West and lay dying in the no-man's land between East and West Berlin before the world media.

The original Checkpoint Charlie is housed at the Allied Museum in Berlin-Zehlendorf, but the site now displays a replica where the original once stood as well as information about the era. Nearby is a small private museum about the checkpoint called ‘Haus am Checkpoint Charlie’.

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contact details

Address: Friedrichstadt, Berlin, Germany (Site) or Friedrichstraße 43-45, D-10

Phone: +49 (0) 30 25 37 25-0

E-Mail: info@mauermuseum.de

visitor information

Directions to Checkpoint Charlie:
The nearest station is U-Bahnhof Kochstraße.

Checkpoint Charlie opening times and ticket prices:
Admission fees and entry times not applicable for the open air exhibition of Checkpoint Charlie. For those want to visit the Haus am Checkpoint Charlie museum, it is open daily, 9am-11pm. Fees are €12.50 for adults, €9.50 for students, €5.50 for children 6-10 and free for under 6s.

Links:
http://www.mauermuseum.de/english/frame-index-mauer.html

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