The Best Currywurst in Berlin? What is Currywurst? And where to FIND it!
It’s not a shock, if you are looking for the best Currywurst Berlin is the place to go. After all, Currywurst was invented in Berlin… and there is a currywurst stand on every other corner. There is even a Berlin Currywurst Museum! On my last visit I tried as many as I could (in the name of science, you see) and I found some really good ones, and some OK ones. And the truth is… the BEST Currywurst in Berlin is a hard thing to nail down.
(For those of you Wondering… WHAT IS CURRYWURST?? It’s basically a Bratwurst smothered in a delicious Curry Ketchup. Learn ALL about Currywurst, and how to make it HERE–> What is Currywurst?
Currywurst in Berlin
Herta Heuwer owned an Imbiss (small take away place) on the corner of Kant & Kaiser-Friedrich Straße. She was able to get some Ketchup, Worcestershire Sauce (although this ingredient is disputed…) and Curry Powder from some British Troops. On September 4, 1949, she combined them, poured the sauce over a Bratwurst, and served her first Currywurst. The combination was a huge hit! And Currywurst became the semi-official food of Berlin.
Best Currywurst Berlin
So, you want to find the best Currywurst Berlin has to offer. I would say, look for the line/queue. One of the most popular Currywurst stands is in front of the Zoologischer Garten Train Station… Currywurst 36. (In Fact, it’s on all of the top 10 lists of best Currywurst Berlin) There is a line ALL OF THE TIME! First thing in the morning, late at night (especially late at night) and even in the rain and snow. There is a bit of cover, but this is a typical Stand-Up and eat place. They serve with Pommes… mit oder ohne Mayo (with or without Mayonaise). You can order sausage with or without skin (with is best… the snap). The Currysauce (that they sell in bottles to take home) comes in mild or scharf (spicy).
On the other hand… I thought their Curry Sauce was a little too Ketchupy…
My FAVORITE Currywurst in Berlin is the Ka De We Imbiss in the plaza next to the store. It’s got more of a curry flavor… maybe because they sprinkle the whole thing with extra curry powder.
And of course, you can’t go wrong at the home of the Original Berliner Currywurst… Konnopkes! (Schönhauser Allee 44B, 10435 Berlin, Germany)
Where ever you go, you are certain to enjoy the Currywurst in Berlin… with or without Pommes (French Fries)
Berlin Currywurst Museum
Update…. the Currywurst Museum is closed. Hopefully some day it can make a comeback
The devotion to Currywurst in Berlin is so strong, that there is even a Currywurst Museum! This qwirky little museum is tucked away on a street near Checkpoint Charlie (so… If you visit Checkpoint Charlie, and you get a little hungry, don’t go to the McDonalds, take a short walk around a corner to Schützenstraße 70). Since the museum is “Hands On” you get to touch and play with everything, sniff the various spices, and even lounge on the sausage shaped sofa. Most things at the snack bar are under €3 (the exception is the sampler … you get three different currywurst types, a drink and a “Shrippe” (which is Berlin-ish from Brötchen).
Learn more about the Currywurst Museum HERE–> http://currywurstmuseum.com/en/
Still Curious about Currywurst?
Learn more about this iconic Berlin meal here….
NOTE! both of these books are in German!