Checkpoint Charlie: Force Yourself To Cross This Powerful Berlin Border

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 0 Comments

Checkpoint Charlie

Crossing borders is always a thing in Germany. It’s part of their culture and history. Such is the Checkpoint Charlie, or "Checkpoint C", which is the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin, during the Cold War. I intended to cross this border during my visit to Berlin, because I wanted to walk the footsteps of those great anonymous heroes of the past. How in the world can such a border be so historical and formidable at the same time?

I actually ended up crossing this border one too many times in the process. Haha! It was both intentional and coerced. The intentional part was due to the fact that we reached this place at near dusk, and it just finished raining that day. The place looked so melancholic, like a sad dog waiting for his master. Despite the night lights slowly opening one by one, there’s this theatrical taste to the whole setting. 

There are small signboards and blocks of paragraphs telling stories about the place that you can find around the area. Every angle shot seems like throwback photo with an Instagram layer, probably Sutro or Toaster filters? I just had to take 10 million shots of the same place like any other Asian out there. Haha!

The coerced part was due to the fact that we were undecided whether to go into the museum or just enjoy the whole street scene. Had to run here and there several times to see if it’s worth checking. Ended up choosing the free option, because let’s face it: the outside scene of Checkpoint Charlie is as real as it can get. Here are some of the photos of the place – this is worth the quick visit if you have some time to fill in your itineraries. Very easy 30 minute or less checkpoint stop!

Address: Friedrichstraße 43-45, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm

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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 52 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

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