Every day thousands of tourists flock to the site of a
dramatic standoff between Soviet and American tanks in 1961 in
the centre of what is now the capital of a reunited Germany.
Though still a potent symbol of the confrontation between
communist East and capitalist West, the checkpoint today looks
rather ramshackle and has been dubbed “snackpoint Charlie” by
local media because of a proliferation of food stands.
The site features a rebuilt guard house and a cramped
private museum focused on the methods used by East Germans to
flee over the Wall. Drama students pose in U.S. and Soviet army
costumes and hawkers assail tourists with ersatz Red Army hats.