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Checkpoint Charlie
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Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 52° 30.450 E 013° 23.416
33U E 390748 N 5818704
Quick Description: One of the most famous spots of the Cold War
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date Posted: 9/11/2007 4:58:41 PM
Waymark Code: WM26AF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
Views: 706

Long Description:

Berlin's Checkpoint Charlie is now nothing more than the inner-city border between the boroughs of Berlin-Mitte and Berlin-Kreuzberg, but for four decades of Cold War, it was a famous border crossing.

American forces in Germany after World War II numbered the border crossings according to NATO's phonetic alphabet.

Checkpoints Alpha (Berlin-Dreilinden) and Bravo (Helmstedt) were the beginning and the end of a transit route through East Germany, open only to Western Allies and West Germans. Checkpoint Charlie was the only crossing point for members of the Allied forces between West-Berlin and the Russian occupied eastern part of the town. It became one of the major symbols of the cold war, especially after the 1961 Tank stand-off and then again in 1962, when Peter Fechter, a young East German bled to death after an uncuccesful attemp to flee from East Berlin.

Tank Stand-off 1961 Peter Fechter, bleeding to death at Checkpoint Charlie, 1962

Today, Checkpoint Charlie is a tourist attraction, frequented by thousands of visitors every year. Don't miss the Wall Museum right next to the checkpoint.

Type Of Crossing: Country

Where is the border located?: Highway

Welcome Center/Facilities: Yes

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