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Cold War 'Checkpoint Bravo' up for sale

AFP · 16 Sep 2010, 09:50

Published: 16 Sep 2010 09:50 GMT+02:00

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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).

Millions of people travelled through Checkpoint Bravo, either West Germans travelling from West Berlin to the rest of West Germany through the GDR, or the lucky few East Germans given permission by the authorities to leave.

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.

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Up for sale from around 2 pm, auction organisers have set a minimum price of €45,000 ($58,400) for the nearly 15,000-square-metre (160,000-square-feet) site.

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11:39 September 16, 2010 by Dogs_Gonads
15,000-square-metre on the outskirts of Berlin.

Effin loads that's how much.
23:46 September 16, 2010 by wxman
Would nicely compliment any backyard decor, and be a terrific conversation piece!
01:48 September 17, 2010 by vonSchwerin
Can someone please clarify: Is the building for sale or the entire plot of land, including any structures on it?

The article seems to imply that it's the land with buildings, but wxman's comment through me off. You can put a piece of land in your backyard.

Also, is the photo above the plot in question? Is it really right next to the autobahn?
21:21 September 17, 2010 by wxman
I was being flippant, but you bring up a good point. I suspect they want someone to haul it off so they can use the land for other purposes.
06:23 September 19, 2010 by vonSchwerin
From the Daily Mail:

"The land, which includes a derelict bridge and a crumbling cafe covered in graffiti, sold for the minimum asking price of 45,000 euros (£37,600)."

I looked up the property on Google Earth, and to be honest, it's pretty poorly situated. Maybe useful for a Tankstelle or a road-side convenience store or supermarket. You cannot do anything residential or "high-end" with this land.

PS: Sorry about all the typos in my previous post. I meant to write, "wxman's comment threw me off. You cannot put a piece of land in your backyard."
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