Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin

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Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie was German's only Cold War border crossing that permitted foreigners to pass through between 1961 and 1990. Though it once represented the separation of East and West Germany, this spot is now just one of the city's many tourist attractions. The checkpoint achieved mythological status because residents of the city were not allowed to use it. Look for the famous "You Are Now Leaving the American Sector" sign. This iconic marker of the past is one of the most photographed spots in the city. Nearby, you can explore the exhibits of a private museum dedicated to the checkpoint and various Berlin Wall memorabilia. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie and many more Berlin attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Berlin holiday planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Do not miss the Checkpoint Charlie that for decades has been one of the steps between the two blocs. Must see also for creative ritual!
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  • August 18, 2017
    Stopped here for a short while on a tour. Actual checkpoint is a replica but gives some sense of what it might have been like. Wasn't tempted by museum. Was tempted by the cafe on the corner for a 50c...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    The cage of Check Point Charle is ridiculed and trivialized: interesting and worth seeing is the Museum that does know the tragedy of the wall and the various tricks that were adopted to escape from East Berlin at the time of the GDR
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  • The museum chronicles the Cold War. The most interesting parts are all the escape stories. They have the actual cars that were used to help people escape from the Communist side, while also showing how people hid to escape. The museum also includes stories about the various tunnels people built to escape. It really is a show of innovation during desperation. It's very informative. Outside, they have a remnant of the Berlin Wall. They also have actors acting as soldiers at Checkpoint Charlie. The audioguide is supplemental to what you see/read, but I could do without it. It was an extra 5 Euros.
  • I can see why this place gets mixed reviews. Firstly it is really big inside, many levels and different rooms and corridors, you could miss complete sections of it if you are not careful. Secondly it is almost all written accounts of different people and events so lots of reading. Many walls are just covered in written material, in both English and German. But if you are interested in how people crossed the wall and what it was like living at that time then you could spend hours in here reading all the fascinating information. Some of the accounts are truly heartbreaking and others so inspiring.
  • Bad museum experience. A conservative and old exhibition setting. No text preparation (you can read Wikipedia article-lengthy texts) and no order is indicated (at least without an audio guide) / no story line given, you pay extra for audio guides and you have to buy a license to take photos in the museum. In addition, they let way too many people in, making it an consistently overcrowded place of interest with room temperatures comparable to those of hot summer days. All in all this museum seems pretty run down and no efforts have been made to re-establish a potentially former decent exhibition. So disappointing.
  • Not at all the tourist-trap it looks like from the outside. Well worth a visit. A bit shabby and not very well presented, but crammed full of fascinating material about the building of The Wall, escapes and escape attempts.
  • I hoped for more :-(. The hole museum is filled with boards with text with no logical order. The place can be skipped. It is better to see puctures in internet from those times. Expensive : 14.50€ and photo permission 5 € + audio 5€. General chaos. The place is clearly put up to make money and not to provide information or to attract people.

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