on August 18, 2006
The Checkpoint Charlie Museum is definitely worth a trip inside. Although there is a description of the overall history lining the sidewalks outside, there is much more to appreciate about the wall and people's personal experiences with it. For €9.50, you can enter the multi-floor museum. Some of the most impressive displays in the museum are the contraptions people built to escape East Berlin. There are tiny cars that were converted to allow people to hide inside as they pass through the border crossing and risk being discovered during an inspection. There are hot air balloons, equipment used to dig tunnels or pass under water, and more. Also quite interesting is the human aspect of the struggle for escape and the passion in reuniting with loved ones on tbe other side of the wall. Personal accounts and photographs illustrate this journey.However, the museum is poorly laid out, making it difficult to follow a chronological path. In addition to the Berlin Wall, there is a more expansive look at the political history in Germany and other countries. Don't' let any difficulty in navigating the museum distract you from its meaning.
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