'Checkpoint Bravo' up for sale in Germany

16th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

A piece of Cold War history was due to go on sale in Germany on Thursday as Checkpoint Bravo, a major former crossing point between communist East Germany and West Berlin, goes under the hammer.

Although less famous than Checkpoint Charlie in central Berlin, the site at Dreilinden on the southwest edge of the city was one of the busiest transit points in and out of the communist German Democratic Republic (GDR).

Between the end of World War II and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, West Berlin was an island in the GDR, heavily garrisoned by the Americans, the British and the French, and with the Soviets on the other side.

The site was used until 1969 before the checkpoint was moved to a larger site nearby, is now in a dilapidated state and includes a crumbling bridge and a run-down former cafe.

Up for sale from around 1400 GMT, auction organisers have set a minimum price of 45,000 euros (58,400 dollars) for the nearly 15,000-square-metre (160,000-square-feet) site.

© 2010 AFP

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