Cold War Sites

If you’re looking to explore Cold War sites and want to find the best places to view Cold War history then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a great selection of Cold War sites and you can plan some fantastic things to see on your trips. Once you’ve explored the list of Cold War places and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible holiday guide will help you make the most of your time exploring Cold War sites.

Our database of Cold War historic sites is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other Cold War sites, remains or ruins, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.

Cold War: Site Index

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Bay of Pigs Museum

The Bay of Pigs Museum in Miami relates to the failed 1961 attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro and is one of many interesting Cold War sites.

The Bay of Pigs Museum in Miami, Florida is dedicated to the 2506 Brigade, the group which undertook the failed attempt by to overthrow Cuban leader Fidel Castro. The Bay of Pigs invasion was undertaken by Cuban exiles supported by the CIA and US government under President John F Kennedy. In... Read More

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Berlin Stasi Prison

Among the most infamous Cold War sites, the Berlin Stasi Prison was a notoriously brutal Cold War prison in East Berlin from 1951 to 1989.

The Berlin Stasi Prison, also known as the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial, was an infamous East German prison run by the East German Ministry of State Security (the Stasi) during the Cold War. Originally a canteen, in 1945 the Berlin Stasi Prison site became a detainment camp named 'Special Camp No. 3' run... Read More

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Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall was a barrier surrounding East Berlin and separating it from West Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Possibly the most famous of all Cold War sites.

The Berlin Wall was an 87 mile long concrete barrier between East and West Berlin, a symbol of the Cold War and an embodiment of the so-called ‘Iron Curtain’ between eastern and western Europe. Originally just a barbed wire fence erected within 24 hours on 13 August 1961, a more robust,... Read More

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Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is a Romanesque gateway, a political symbol and one of Berlin’s most famous Cold War sites.

The Brandenburg Gate is a famous landmark in Berlin built between 1788 and 1791 which once served as a city gateway. Commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia it stood in the entrance to boulevard Unter den Linden, which led to the city palace. The Brandenburg Gate was designed by... Read More

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Checkpoint Charlie

Among the best-known Cold War sites. checkpoint Charlie was an important crossing point in the Berlin Wall between East and West Berlin.

Checkpoint Charlie was an important crossing point in the Berlin Wall, which separated East and West Berlin from 1961 to 1989. The Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie were prominent symbols of the Cold War. At the time, West Berlin was controlled by the American, British and French forces and East Berlin... Read More

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Dealey Plaza

Dealey Plaza in Texas was the site of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas was the site where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated at 12:30pm (CST) on 22 November 1963. Kennedy was the thirty-fifth President of the United States of America and served during the Cold War, his premiership encompassing events such as the Invasion of the Bay... Read More

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Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker

The Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker is an enormous, three-storey, Cold War-era subterranean shelter and operations centre in Brentwood, Essex. It was constructed in 1952.

The Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker is an enormous Cold War-era subterranean shelter and former operations centre in Brentwood, Essex. In 1952, the spectre of the Cold War loomed ever-more menacingly over Britain. With Europe already firmly divided into two hostile and ideologically opposed camps, and with the Korean War raging in... Read More

Lascaris War Rooms

War Headquarters from where the defence of Malta and the invasion of Sicily were conducted during the Second World War.

The Lascaris War Rooms in Malta were important military headquarters during World War II and the setting from which the invasion of Sicily as well as many other operations and Malta’s air defences were coordinated. Located underground and comprised of a complicated web of tunnels, the existence of the Lascaris... Read More

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Le Memorial at Caen

Le Memorial at Caen is a history museum dedicated to World War Two and other conflicts including the Cold War.

Le Memorial at Caen is a museum of history based in northern France, not too far from the locations of the beaches where the Normandy Landings took place. Le Memorial at Caen explores the events which led up to the Normandy Landings of World War II, the Landings themselves, also... Read More

Minuteman Missile Silo

One of the most impressive Cold War sites, the Minuteman Missile Silo complex is a Cold War missile site containing a control center and missile launch site.

The Minuteman Missile Silo is a US National Historic Site which contains a Cold War missile launch site and control center. Visitors can tour both the control center and missile site, and can see the original living quarters and underground control facilities that would have been used by the... Read More

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Museo Playa Girón

Museo Playa Girón is a Cold War history museum in Cuba focusing on the Bay of Pigs invasion.

Museo Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs Museum) in Cuba is dedicated to the Bay of Pigs invasion. In April 1961, during the Cold War, approximately 1,400 Cuban exiles invaded the Bay of Pigs - Playa Girón – with the aim of overthrowing Cuban leader Fidel Castro. This attack failed in its entirety,... Read More

The Atomic Testing Museum

The Atomic Testing Museum tells the story of the atomic age and of the more local National Testing Site.

The Atomic Testing Museum tells the story of the atomic age and of the more local National Testing Site (NTS). From 1951 to 1992, the NTS in downtown Las Vegas was the US’s main nuclear testing area. From technical items such as Geiger counters and atomic age paraphernalia to timelines,... Read More

The Che Guevara Monument

The Che Guevara Monument commemorates Cuba’s iconic revolutionary and is his final resting place and is one of many interesting Cold War sites.

The Che Guevara Monument (Monumento Ernesto Che Guevara) in Santa Clara in Cuba is dedicated to iconic political activist, Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, more commonly known as Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Che Guevara (1928 - 1967) was an Argentinean medical student who became a leading figure of the Cuban Revolution to... Read More

Titan Missile Museum

One of the most enjoyable Cold War sites, the Titan Missile Museum is a former ICBM missile site that now offers tours to the public. It contains a genuine Titan II missile in its original silo.

The Titan Missile Museum is a cold-war underground missile silo turned public museum which still contains an actual Titan II missile. Once a functioning Titan II base, the Titan Missile Museum allows visitors to explore the realities of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) launch site. The complex is made up of... Read More