Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie

The best-known border crossing and a favourite setting for spy thrillers

Checkpoint Charlie – © Scholvien

It is the scene of several thrillers and espionage novels ranging from James Bond's "Octo-pussy" to "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" by John le Carré: Checkpoint Charlie.

History of Checkpoint Charlie

Starting on 22 September 1961 at most famous East German-West German border crossing, allied soldiers registered members of the American, British and French armed forces before their trip to East Berlin. Here foreign tourists were able to inform themselves about their stay.

Because of its role as a transition point for the members of the Allied forces, the Friedrichstraße border checkpoint in October 1961 was the scene of the so-called tank stand off. Today an installation by the artist Frank Thiel commemorates this incident as well as a plaque at the former border.

Checkpoint Charlie today

Nearby can also be found the "Berlin Wall Museum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie," which again had a replica of the first Allied guardhouse set up on the median strip of the Friedrichstraße.

Sights near the Checkpoint Charlie

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Friedrichstraße 43-45
10969 Berlin Kreuzberg

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10969 Berlin
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The best-known border crossing and a favourite setting for spy thrillers

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The Berlin Wall - history and events

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Information pavilion on the history of Checkpoint Charlie

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Berlin Wall Panorama at Checkpoint Charlie

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Captive balloon at Checkpoint Charlie

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International art in historical building

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Shopping
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The scent of Berlin.

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Design from Berlin

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Museums + Art
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The past and future of communication

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