Culinary Trip In Berlin
Categories: Sightseeing, Cultural and History, Dining
Berlin-Mitte Deutsches Currywurst Museum
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The people of Berlin love their currywurst (curry sausage). The origins of this cooked sausage with curry sauce aren’t certain, but a visitor to Berlin certainly should try at least one of them – and the possibilities for doing so are great, given that there are sausage stands which offer currywurst on many a Berlin street corner. There are, however, a few of them which are particularly popular and thus great for getting to know authentic Berlin life.
Sightseeing, far from the Brandenburg Gate
Going on an excursion along the best currywurst stands in the city, one can get to know the authentic Berlin, far from mass tourist spots such as the Brandenburg Gate or Checkpoint Charlie. One favorite of the locals, for example, is right at the U-Bahn (metro) stop Eberswalder Strasse in Prenzlauer Berg. The “Konopke Imbiss” is considered the oldest in town, which gives it its exalted status. Especially around lunchtime, long lines form, of businessmen and students alike. The well-known Kastanienallee and Schönhauser Allee with many trendy bars and designer stores are close by.
In the city district “Mitte,” right on the famous Oranienburg street which, come nightfall, turns into a colorful and chic place for a relaxed walk, one finds “Curry 61.” Its offer, fortunately, is not as peculiar as its location: the currywurst will be served on the plate (or paper plate) in the traditional way. It’s only a short hop to the Hackesche Höfe offering lots of art and culture, e.g. through their galleries, an Art House cinema and theater plays.
The well-known Bergmannstrasse in Kreuzberg is home of the “Bergmann Curry.” This stand offers particularly exquisite currywurst, not just with ketchup or mayonnaise, but also with truffle mayonnaise or a pungent wasabi dip. The Bergmann-Kiez (neighborhood) is famous and popular for its diversity: One can find a typical market hall, various international restaurants and traditional small grocers (in German: “Tante-Emma-Läden”). “Imbiss am Cotti” is to be found at the Kottbusser Tor (gate) in Kreuzberg. It’s not just the sausage here that’s nice, but also the owner, who is a true Berlin woman and very dedicated to her craft. The area around the Kottbusser Tor is a great spot for people watching in real Kreuzberg. No fancy boutiques or expensive restaurants here…
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