Checkpoint Charlie was a crossing point between East and West Berlin, located at the junction of Friedrichstrasse with Zimmerstrasse and Mauerstrasse.This site is important because from 1961 to 1990 it functioned as the main entry and departing point for diplomats, journalists and non-
Checkpoint Charlie has appeared in many movies and has been the subject of countless “Cold War” spy novels. At first glance the visitor could be rather under whelmed, but with Cobblestones marking the exact line of the former border, it acts as a poignant reminder that Checkpoint Charlie is a true iconic location where Capitalism and Communism came into direct conflict.
After unification, a copy of the original American guard house and bourder sign that was erected in 1961 was placed on the site and has become a must see tourist attraction, where for a fee, they can have their pictures taken with actors dressed as border guards.
A picture of the original building erected in 1961 manned this time with real guards. In the early years, Checkpoint Charlie was the site of a number of stand-
The Eastern side was expanded to include not only the wall, but a watchtower and zig-
Over the years, the building was replaced several times with others of different sizes and designs. This is a picture of the last one, a metal structure which was removed in 1990. This is the building that can now be seen in the Allied Museum in Zehlendorf.