The American Flag flies over Allied “Checkpoint C” or “Checkpoint Charlie,” at the historic crossing point between West and East Berlin in 1985.
I’m standing in front of the famous “You Are Leaving The American Sector” sign at “Checkpoint Charlie” during our tour of West and East Berlin in 1985.
“Old Glory” flies above “Checkpoint Charlie” as seen from the eastern side of the Allied checkpoint in West Berlin.
The American Flag flies over “Checkpoint Charlie” in front of a building overlooking the famous checkpoint in West Berlin.
I’m standing to the left of “Checkpoint Charlie” with the East German guard tower behind me in 1985 during our tour of West and East Berlin.
Other members of our tour group at “Checkpoint Charlie” as we took in the views at this historic Cold War Allied Checkpoint.
A view of an East German building with the windows shrouded, just on the other side of the Berlin Wall.
Fences form a last barrier to freedom at the Berlin Wall, as the road at “Checkpoint Charlie” begins towards the East German side of the Allied checkpoint.
The East German side of the Allied checkpoint called “Checkpoint Charlie,” shows the extreme measures taken to not allow any escapes from East Berlin into West Berlin.
Our tour bus entered East Berlin here at the East German side of the checkpoint that the Allies called, “Checkpoint Charlie.”
Dual guard towers are evident in this view of the East German border crossing across from “Checkpoint Charlie.”
The East German side of the checkpoint across from “Checkpoint Charlie” as it was in 1985 – walls and fences built to keep people from leaving East Berlin and escaping to West Berlin.
I took this photo of the Marienkirche’s church spire in front of the East German Television Tower or “Fernsehturm,” taken near Alexanderplatz, in East Berlin.
The Rotes Rathaus or “Red City Hall” near Alexanderplatz, was completed in 1869 and rises 74 meters above East Berlin in 1985.
The Neptune Fountain was originally created in 1891, and later moved between the Rotes Rathaus and St. Mary’s Church after it was restored in 1969.
The equestrian statue of Frederick the Great along the Unter den Linden main boulevard in East Berlin, created by Christian Daniel Rauch and inaugurated in May 1851.
Humboldt University or “Humboldt Universitaet” along the Unter den Linden in East Berlin – decorated in East German flags in 1985.
An apartment building in East Berlin decorated in flags demonstrating loyalty to the state.
East Berlin’s streets were wide and appeared to be in top condition – for military parades perhaps – there just weren’t any cars to be seen.
Red banners were in no short supply on the rooftops of most buildings in East Berlin in 1985.
A lone car on the highway in East Berlin in 1985, in front of the freshly painted Berlin Wall as seen on the Eastern side.
A guard looks out from an East Berlin guard tower from the “no man’s land” which lies between the “first” wall that is visible, and what would be the distant “second” Berlin Wall that was the final barrier to freedom.
A gated access, to most likely the “no man’s land” between concrete barrier walls, that only the military would have had access to in East Berlin.