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Friedrichstrasse 43-45

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Monuments and Memorials, Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.5

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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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Inspired by the Acropolis entrance in Athens, the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) is one of the most-photographed sites in Berlin. Located in Pariser Platz, one of the city's most famous squares, the Brandenburg Gate was built for King Frederick Wilhelm II starting in 1788. 

Since then, it's been the backdrop of much of the city's history, including Napoleonic invasions and Nazi parades. During the Cold War, the structure sat in "no man's land" between East and West Berlin. Visitors to the monument say it's now a must-see symbol that represents Germany unity.  

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