TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Did "Checkpoint Charlie" Get its Name?

November 9, 2010 ( - Perhaps the most famous crossing point of East/West at the Berlin Wall during its existence was the Friedrichstrasse border crossing, better known in the West as “Checkpoint Charlie.”

Where did that name come from? 

Answer:  Checkpoint “Charlie” took its name from the NATO alphabet: the members of the Allied armed forces reached the Berlin city center via Checkpoint A (Alpha) near Helmstedt, the point at which they crossed into the GDR from the Federal Republic of Germany; Checkpoint B (Bravo) near Drewitz, where they left the GDR and crossed into West Berlin; and Checkpoint C (Charlie) at Friedrichstrasse, where they left West Berlin for East Berlin.