Checkpoint “Charlie” – the spot where you can feel how Iron Curtain separated the worlds (Winter 2015)

It is amazing how easy is to change our surroundings, remove the reminders of the past… Sometimes they are very difficult reminders – call them mistakes – and all of us want to erase even smallest pieces of them from our memories and our surroundings. However, in my opinion, we should keep our mistakes because they could act as warning and lessons for the future generations.

Red Star...
Red Star…

The finest example is Checkpoint “Charlie” in Berlin. During the time of Cold War this spot represented the meeting place of East and West frictions: Soviet Block meeting Western World. Today, you almost cannot see the difference between East and West Berlin. Reminders of the past are few signs informing you that you entering or leaving American Sector or some signs in Russian suggesting that you should have your documents ready… Here are few photos…

This country does not exists anymore - was this some 20 years ago?
This country does not exist anymore – was this some 20 years ago?
Leaving American Sector
Leaving American Sector
Today it is only a street sign but some twenty years ago - this sign separated two different worlds... You are entering the American Sector now...
Today it is only a street sign but some twenty years ago – this sign separated two different worlds… You are entering the American Sector now…
A nice peaceful view of Checkpoint Charlie with young GI...
A nice peaceful view of Checkpoint Charlie with young GI…
This photo on the Checkpoint Charlie Museum tells different story about Berlin back then...
This photo on the Checkpoint Charlie Museum tells a different story about Berlin back then…
View from above of Checkpoint Charlie...
View from above of Checkpoint Charlie…

Please see few other posts from scenic train rides, GAPA, Bavaria and Munich!

Helpful Link to learn more about Checkpoint Charlie.

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