Checkpoint Charlie & The Mauer Museum

Price guide: Mid-range

Friedrichstraße 43-45, Berlin, 10969

Price guide: Mid-range

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Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Education, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of Checkpoint Charlie & The Mauer Museum

An insight into Berlin life during the Cold War.

Checkpoint Charlie was the most famous - or perhaps infamous - crossing between East and West Berlin. It was the main entry point for diplomats, journalists and visitors crossing into East Berlin on a one-day visa. An ominous sign which read “You are now leaving the American Sector” in English, Russian, French and German is an enduring symbol of the Cold War.

It was here in 1961 that US and Soviet tanks engaged and faced each other in what the world thought may be the beginning of another world war. Much of the area has been reconstructed as part of the museum to mimic the way it looked during the Cold War. The museum also includes interesting exhibits and a theatre dedicated to the history of the Cold War and Berlin Wall. Many of the museum’s exhibits tell stories of individuals who tried to escape and include items such as cars with hollow seats used to smuggle people into West Berlin from the east side. It's pretty much always busy but it's worth being patient to see what's inside.

Price advice: 

Adults cost 12.50 euros, school and university students 9.50 euros and pupils up to 10 accompanied by adults 5.50 euros. Children up to 6 years are free. Groups of adults (from 20 persons) cost 8.50 euros p.p and school classes are €6.50 p.p. 

Expert tips: 
The museum is often crowded, so go during the week and get there early if you can.

More information on Checkpoint Charlie & The Mauer Museum:

Price guide:
Historic site, Museum
Friedrichstraße 43-45, Berlin, 10969
030 2537 250
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 9am-10pm.
Free tags / Keywords:
Art, History

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