I walked up to see Checkpoint Charlie on my first night in Berlin. I knew I'd arrive too late for the museum, but since the checkpoint was at the top of my "must see" list - and just a short stroll from the Movenpick hotel - I thought I'd go and take a look.
I was really surprised by the jovial atmosphere around the reconstructed hut - the majority of visitors seemed to be more interested in posing for photos, laughing and joking as they took their turns, than thinking about what the checkpoint had represented back when the Berlin Wall still divided the city. (By contrast, when I visited the Berlin Wall Memorial later in the week, the atmosphere was sober and contemplative and - to my mind - far more appropriate.)
I was particularly interested by the multilingual signs, on which a German translation seemed to be an afterthought - presumably because the local German population were the most restricted in their movements.