Berlin U-Bahn U5 & U6 Train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Kochstraße for Checkpoint Charlie
The Berlin U-Bahn is Berlin’s mainly underground rapid transit system. The U stands for Untergrundbahn in German or underground in English. Checkpoint Charlie is arguably Berlin’s most famous landmark known around the world. Here, I will be taking the Berlin U-Bahn U5 and U6 lines to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Kochstraße (Kochstrasse) for Checkpoint Charlie.
The Berlin U-Bahn U5 line operates from underground platforms at Berlin Hauptbahnhof.
Ticket machines and validators are available on the platform. There are no gate lines in Berlin and most of Germany in general. Valid tickets are checked with frequent ticket checks by staff. Remember to validate your ticket after purchase and before travel.
If travelling only within Berlin city, a Berlin AB ticket would suffice.
If travelling out of the city, a Berlin ABC ticket would be needed.
A BVG Class F F74 train operating on the U5.
The interior of the BVG Class F F74 train.
Seats are mostly arranged in bays of 4 seats.
Unter den Linden
To get to Checkpoint Charlie, a change at Unter den Linden to the U6 is required.
A BVG Class F F90 train operating on the U6.
A coupled BVG Class F F92 and F90 train operating on my train.
The interior of the BVG Class F F90 train.
Information is clearly displayed and announced on board.
Kochstraße for Checkpoint Charlie
Alight at Kochstraße for Checkpoint Charlie.
Checkpoint Charlie is also added to the station name of Kochstraße.
Follow the exit signs that point towards Checkpoint Charlie.
Ticketing facilities are also available on the platform at Kochstraße.
Heading out of Kochstraße station.
The exit leads to the middle of the road where Checkpoint Charlie can be easily visible right ahead.
Checkpoint Charlie (Checkpoint C) is the famous former Berlin Wall crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War as named by the Western Allies.
Today though, it’s a massive tourist destination as seen from the globalisation just beside this historical landmark.
My visit was still during slight travel restrictions around the world, so I surprisingly had a clear view of Checkpoint Charlie without the frequent obstruction of tourists.
The current Checkpoint Charlie surveillance hut is a replica of the original.
The current interior of the replicated Checkpoint Charlie surveillance hut.
A visit to Checkpoint Charlie might be complimented with a visit to the private Checkpoint Charlie Museum located just beside for a better understanding of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, and the history of divided Berlin following World War II to its reunification.