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Welcome to " Checkpoint Charly "
 
This is a place where you can eat and spend some time with your friends.You may listen to jazz music or just enjoy your stay. You could also read some old        newspapers.They will send you back to the times when  "Checkpoint Charly",one of the main checkpoints between East and West Berlin, forever changed the lives of those who managed to pass through it. This was a  place defining the border of two worlds that had nothing in common but were separated just by a wall.The crossing of this wall - the escape - was a dream shared by millions of people. The newspapers before you were assuring them that they were living in paradise, and beyond the wall was the very hell itself. Often fugitives from "paradise" died because of their yearning for the free world. The border guards of socialism shot them in the name of the bright communist right. Pople lost their lives just because they wanted to go somewhere else. To move from one place to another.To take a few steps...
  For the younger this may sound unbelievable. And the fact that it sounds unbelievable is the very reason why we decided to call our restaurant "Checkpoint Charly"
To remind us, even if from time to time, just how dear is the freedom that nowadays  we do not  even seem to notice. The freedom that we have groun so accustomed to,we fail to appreciate its value anymore. Now many are recalling with nostalgia  the waffelsfrom the times of communism but no one truly remembers what means to be not free. To wait for  citizenship to work in Sofia, and never to receive a  permit to visit Paris. Besides the name and the  memories in the form of newspapers, we offer you to  see  two emblematic photos, that are more touching  than any story. The first is of a young East German  soldier who had left his sentry and jumped over the  wired fence, separating East from West Berlin before  the wall was build. A jump that altered his life for good. The second one ( placed above the restaurant's exit) is of a man at the age of fifty coming out from the western side of the wall through a tunnel that was dug under it. A group of students dug it up in several  monts. They passed the distance to freedom for fifteen minutes and the man from the picture for  fifty. He was aged  and sick, but nonetheless desided to do it. The picture was taken exactly as he was reaching freedom.  One of the most powerful images of what socialism did to the human...
These are things which we need to reminded of from  time to time. So we may realize just how lucky we are  today. And that understanding can turn our pleasurable
moments into happy ones...