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It is literally just two German guys in US army uniforms who stand in the middle of a very busy road, in front of a McDonald, chwrging €3 for a photo. Horns are constantly honked because so many tourista stand in the middle of the...More
This recreated version of Checkpoint Charlie is ok, but you need to understand that it is almost a Disney version, complete with actors.
It is crowded with tourists and you do need to watch for traffic - it is right near a relatively busy road.
I understand the historical context of this site but it is extremely small and resides in the middle of the street. It appeared to have black German speaking people dressed as USA soldiers which you can get your photo taken with. The changes to the...More
Stopped by on the free sandemanns tour. Was filled with tourists and fast food restaurants. Just a tourist trap now. Glad our guide only spent 5 minutes there. If you go, recommend a quick in and out. So many other wonderful things to see in...More
Good thing that our tour bus did not find a spot to park the van. We passed the site two times. There is nothing to do except take a picture. Berlin is a place to learn history, same as check point Charlie.
I'm not really sure many people really understand the importance of this spot. It is the main border checkpoint between Russian occupied East Berlin and the USA Allies West Berlin prior to 1989. I backpacked Europe extensively in the 1970s but avoided this area due...More
This is not even the real Checkpoint Charlie. This is a place where tourists hang around and take selfies. So disappointed that with all the other historical monuments in Berlin, they have this hokey-dokey shack.
So this WAS a real place during the cold war but now it is nothing more than a tourist trap at it's very best. If you pay attention you can watch the crew ripping off tourists with the shell game and that's the most entertaining...More
Berlin's revolutionary heart and immigrant roots can both be found in Kreuzberg, but this central neighbourhood is beginning a new chapter. In the 1950s and '60s, Turkish guest workers settled around Kottbusser Tor, while in the 1980s and '90s, rambunctious squatters and artists gathered to live a carefree life here. An old hospital even became a hotspot of riots between squatters and police. Today
you can still find the best kebabs in town and many underground clubs, but a lot has changed as well. The hospital has been transformed into an art center, and increasingly you will find new urban cafés, restaurants and designer shops. Rising housing prices and gentrification threaten the spirit of this area along the Spree River, but the neighbourhood’s legacy is upheld by a very engaged community fighting to preserve its rebellious identity.