Germany, Berlin, Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin

Checkpoint Charlie was built after the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961 for diplomatic corps and allied forces, so they could enter West Berlin. By 1962, this checkpoint was the only place at which foreigners visiting Berlin could cross from West to East and back again. The name Charlie came for the letter C in the NATO phonetic alphabet. Checkpoint Charlie was removed in June of 1990, when German reunification was finally complete and nearly a year after the Wall came down.