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March 11, 2005
People dug tunnels and smuggled themselves in cable reels, suitcases, speaker boxes, and automobiles. Some of the effort in its presentation could use improvement with a larger type and clearer displays, with a consistent, easy-to-read typestyle and a country flag symbol to denote language.A museum souvenir shop is available. Complimentary lockers are available to secure your jackets/bags with a €2 coin downstairs. Entrance fee is €9.50. A guard's station is recreated outside the museum, with an oversized portrait photo of a guard overhead.Daily 9am-10pmTel: 253 72 50Email: email@example.com
U6 to Kochstr
From journal BER
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
March 4, 2012
From journal 40th Birthday in Berlin
August 15, 2005
From journal Europe in May
by Emily Marie
Bronx, New York
October 23, 2003
As for the museum itself, it's an eerie mix of history, art, and philosophy. There are the necessary explorations as to what the Wall was and what it signified. There are propaganda posters left from the days of the Wall, as well as pictures of the graffiti and art that had been put on the Wall over the years.
One room specializes in the attempts -- both successful and failed -- to get over the Wall. In this section, there are fake car trunks, makeshift hang-gliders, and altered luggage that could bring to mind the likes of James Bond.
From journal No wall, one city
New York, New York
March 31, 2003
Upon entering, one is confronted with staggering statistics: WWII left 55 million people dead--6 million of whom were Jews; 21 million Russians (12 % of the population); 7 million Germans (10 % of the population), 6 million Poles (14%); 2 million Slavs (13%); plus 20 million of mixed ethnicity. This war-ravaged society was the stark breeding ground for the Cold War. Right after these numbers, there is a short biography on Albrecht Haushofer (1903-1945; the man shot in the neck without trial for writing Moabiter Sonette, a testimony of resistance against the Soviet NS-regime), while in prison.
The museum traces the formation of the Socialist Unity Party (SED), a combination of the KPD (Communists) and SPD (Social Democrats), despite the fact that 85% of Western Berliners voted against its creation (those in the East weren’t allowed to vote). It then covers the Soviet Blockade and the SED’s subsequent self-declared parliamentary leadership, from which the GDR was born. Soon after, the notorious Berlin Wall was erected. After covering this, most of the museum focuses on locals’ escape attempts.
There are a myriad of exhibits on near-escapes, successful escapes, harrowing encounters with Soviet officers, etc. An escape car stands in the middle of the downstairs room--in its trunk are suitcases that would have had their sides cut out and have been pushed together as one so that a girl could curl up inside. You’ll also find handmade, faux-Soviet officer uniforms; pliers and tools actually used by escapees; and shovels for digging tunnels. One account involves a group of eight elderly people who were spurned by younger escapees as being "too old"--they proved them wrong by digging their own tunnel under the wall and making it high enough so that their 80-year-old wives could walk though instead of crawling.
There is a small room upstairs that covers the fall of the Wall and the nation’s subsequent rejoicing. Throughout, there are many photos of a destroyed Berlin, which are especially striking in contrast to the modern built-up city now surrounding the museum. There is also various artwork inspired by the Wall and the political climate. Although hectic and cramped, this is a very worthwhile and touching museum.
"We Berliners will not allow ourselves to be an object of barter in these dealings and negotiations. We can neither be negotiated nor sold. It is simply not possible to make a shabby compromise over the heads of such a brave, persevering people . . . !"
--Ernst Reuter, Mayor of Berlin, 1948
Hours: Daily: 9am to 10pm
Prices: 7 euros, 4.50 reduced
From journal BERLIN
Prague, Czech Republic
May 25, 2012
From journal The Berlin Wall and the DDR
August 25, 2006
From journal Bumming Around Berlin
August 18, 2006
Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia
February 18, 2003
One person was in the front of Volkswagen beetle, one lady smuggled her three-year-old kid in a backpack the size of the school book bag. Hard to believe these things until you see them.
From journal "Achtung Baby" Berlin in October
by Mr. Wonka
Brooklyn, New York
March 13, 2003
Once I found my way over to Checkpoint Charlie, I started thinking about how strange it must now seem to those who were stationed here back when it was a boiling pot of political anxiety. What used to be a tension-riddled area has been turned into a requisite sightseeing stop for any visitor to Berlin (myself included). Where once troops stood with their guns loaded, looking out at the enemy a few hundred yards away, now families happily take their pictures in front of the reconstructed American guardhouse (again, I, too, had my picture taken here). This can be said about any famous military spot of old, but to stop and think about why this place has gained notoriety is really something else. Though this is a Cold War–era landmark, I kept wondering what my grandfather, who was wounded in WWII, would feel walking around this area. I can’t imagine.
I broke out in goose bumps more than once as I slowly absorbed the weary sense of restlessness that filled the air. Gift shops and cafés can’t hide it—so much has happened here, a mere face-lift can’t make time forget Checkpoint Charlie’s past. The photos inside the U.S. guardhouse relay just how nerve-racking it was during the U.S. and Soviet face-off. Reminders are littered everywhere, from the last Soviet flag to fly to artsy chunks of the Berlin Wall to the Haus am Checkpoint Charlie museum. Don’t limit yourself to the museum when you’re here—take some time to walk around the whole area surrounding Checkpoint Charlie, thinking about the hefty military presence that was here not too long ago.
Just down the street from Checkpoint Charlie, at the corner of Wilhelmstraße and Zimmerstraße, is the Topography of Terror, 200 meters of the Berlin Wall that mark the border between Mitte and Kreuzberg. This section of the Wall was declared a historical monument and will forever be preserved as a reminder of the division this city endured for 38 years. A chronological history of the wall is presented through amazing photographs and German text in a trench on one side of the wall (audio tours in both German and English are available at the information center). These photos were so powerful—some of them made me wonder how the hell a photographer could have taken such horrific pictures with a steady hand. For information on guided group tours, call (030) 254 86 703, or fax (030) 262 71 56.
I remember watching Berliners break down the wall on TV when I was a kid. To now walk around here was amazing.
From journal Wait a minute, was I really in Berlin?