Before we go into detail about the location and anything else, let us talk a bit about the history behind this special place in the forest between Berlin and Brandenburg.
Dreilinden Checkpoint Bravo and Teltow Canal Bridge
Before 1969, Checkpoint Bravo could be found on a motorway bridge over the Teltow Canal. The Autobahn A 115 used to have a different course at the time. It used to zig-zag between East and West Berlin since it was built before the Second World War and everything that happened to Berlin.
Since East Germany wanted to avoid having parts of the road crossing its territory and West Berlin, a new section of the motorway was built. This is the section that we have today, in the area known as Albrechts Teerofen. If you arrived in Berlin by bus or took a car around the south edge of the city, you probably have seen this place since it’s still standing there as the new Checkpoint Bravo.
Before they moved the Checkpoint Bravo to this new location, they left the old one in place as a relic of the past.
The old autobahn’s route ran around the Berlin city limits, next to the railway between Berlin and Potsdam. Next to the Dreilinden area, the road would bend south and lead towards the Teltow Canal, and this was where Checkpoint Bravo used to be located.
With the construction of the new autobahn and the move of the checkpoints at the border, Checkpoint Bravo was left in the middle of nowhere. East Germany erected pieces of the wall around the old border bridge and sealed the area. But the same didn’t happen on the West Berlin side of the border. The old highway was preserved and left in this no man’s land without any use. And the weirdest thing is that you can still walk around this area today.
And this is how history left this place.
With the reunification of Berlin and Germany, the Berlin Wall section next to the Checkpoint Bravo was removed, and the old motorway route was opened again. It seems like the area was used as a film location for TV series like Alarm für Cobra 11.
At the end of 1999, the asphalt of the road was removed. The Friedhofsbahn train bridge was dismantled as well and, today, it’s a know graffiti spot in the area. In 2004, the campsite was closed, and, in 2010, a mysterious bidder bought the entire area for 45,000 euros, the minimum bid asked for this place.
The state of this historical location is not the best. Plants are growing everywhere. The original writings on the road are disappearing, which is sad since this is probably, the only piece of the early days of the German division that has been preserved.
Around the bridge over the Teltow Canal, you can see the remains of an old resting area and even the blocking ditch. It was pretty cool to see the three-mast flag system used for the Allied flags be still in the same place.
A visit to the Checkpoint Bravo in Dreilinden is fantastic for those interested in history and urban exploration. But we believe it’s better to enter the forest and follow the Friedhofsbahn trail as well. This way, you can see more history and other exciting photo spots along the way.
If you want to visit the original Checkpoint Bravo in Dreilinden, you have to check the map below. The most comfortable place to start your hiking trip is from the S-Bahn Wannsee, and walking there isn’t that complicated. Follow the map below, and you’ll be fine.
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