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Friedrichstrasse 43-45

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Many say a visit to the Checkpoint Charlie border crossing should not come without a visit to the Haus am Checkpoint Charlie or the Checkpoint Charlie Museum. 

Experts and travelers say the museum gives context to what's left of the border crossing, and indeed you will find chilling stories of those who escaped from East to West via the Berlin Wall – as well as stories about those who didn't. You'll also get a thorough history of the Berlin Wall.

Recent travelers have mixed opinions on the museum; some call the area commercialized and the admission price a rip-off, while others were enthralled with the museum. All agreed that it's worth a visit just for the photo-op. Many warned that you'll likely spend a lot of time reading during your visit as there is so much information on display. For the sake of time, reviewers caution that you'll need to pick and choose what you read. 

The museum is open daily (except for holidays) from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and tickets range from 7.50 euros to 14.50 euros (about $8.50 to $16); taking photos will cost you an extra 5 euros, as will the audio guide. Kids up to 6 years old enter for free. You'll find Checkpoint Charlie off the Checkpoint Charlie U-Bahn station. For more information, visit the website

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The Topography of Terror (Topographie des Terrors) museum sits on the site of the Gestapo and SS Police's former headquarters during World War II. By walking the grounds and touring the documentation center, travelers can learn about the atrocities committed by those German officers that once worked at this very site.

Other interesting exhibits that detail Berlin between 1933 and 1945 are found on the grounds, including excavated portions of the old building. For a more in-depth look at the museum, you can take the free English-speaking tour, which is offered Sundays at 3:30 p.m. (Most exhibits are listed in German and English.) You'll want to sign up at the reception desk 30 minutes before the tour starts.  

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