Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin
Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, Germany. Image: pcjvdwiel, Pixabay license.

Berlin removes ‘US Soldiers’ at Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin

Berlin authorities have banned a group of actors from posing as US army soldiers at Checkpoint Charlie, the infamous former cold war border post.

The public order office in the central district of Mitte has accused the actors of exploiting tourists by demanding fixed fees in return for passport stamps and posing for photographs with them next to the wooden hut of the Checkpoint Charlie crossing point. The actors demand €4 per photo, despite claiming they only accept voluntary donations, according to police who reported the performers after carrying out an undercover operation in which they posed as tourists.

Read the full article at The Guardian.