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Currywurst, noxoss, Bernd Petrikat, Pixabay

My Berlin: the humble currywurst

Above/featured: Image by noxoss (Bernd Petrikat) on Pixabay.

In Germany’s capital city, Berlin is populated by countless venues for Döner, falafel, and currywurst. For the latter, I highlight two examples: Curry 61 (Hackescher Markt) and Curry 36 am Zoo (Zoologischer Garten), both of which are easily accessible with the city’s U- or S-Bahn.

Curry 61 – Hackescher Markt

(17 March 2011.)

Walking around Berlin’s Mitte district on a wet March afternoon, I found myself in the area around Hackescher Markt. I stepped briefly into the quiet Hackesche Höfe courtyard complex to pick up some postcards (at Schönhauser Design). I’d already subjected myself to the sights and scents emanating numerous cafés, bakeries, and snack shops. I hadn’t had lunch, and with food possibilities reaching my eyes, the grumbling belly meant time to feed.

The ubiquitous yet humble currywurst came to the rescue. I retraced my steps back towards Hackescher Markt, and I arrived at the street-side counter for Curry 61.

A short history of Berlin’s claim to currywurst’s origins goes something like this. In 1949, Herta Heuwer, who ran a snack counter in Berlin, mixed curry powder and Worcestershire sauce with ketchup, and when she served grilled pork sausage with the new sauce to her customers, they loved the new concoction. She patented the sauce as “Chillup” years later. Today, currywurst is ubiquitous, challenging even the Döner as the champion of street-food throughout Berlin.

Currywurst at Curry 61, Curry 61, Berlin Mitte, Germany, Hauptstadt, Deutschland,

Curry 61 – 17 Mar 2011.

Bratwurst mit Darm, Currywurst at Curry 61, Curry 61, Berlin Mitte, Germany, Hauptstadt, Deutschland,

Grilled sausage, with casing. Curry 61 – 17 Mar 2011.

Bratwurst ohne Darm, Currywurst at Curry 61, Curry 61, Berlin Mitte, Germany, Hauptstadt, Deutschland,

Grilled sausage, without casing. Curry 61 – 17 Mar 2011.

A short conversation in German with the owner went something like this:

•   Was hätten Sie gern? — Einmal mit (Darm) und Pommes rot; scharf, bitte.
•   Woher kommen Sie? — Kanada, doch ich arbeite zurzeit in Chile.
•   Was machen Sie hier in Berlin? — Urlaub, ein paar Freunden besucht.
•   Wie sprechen Sie so gut Deutsch? — Schon 2. Jahre hier gewohnt, und viele Mass Bier getrunken.

Which roughly translates in English as:

•   What would you like? — An order with (casing), and fries ‘red’; spicy, please.
•   From where do you come? — Canada, but I work presently in Chile.
•   What are you doing in Berlin? — Vacation, visiting friends.
•   How did you come to speak German? — 2 years in the country, and many litres of beer.

The owner seemed to like my answer to his last question.

Although the owner asked if I really wanted the spicy (Scharf) version, I got a good dose of spice; my serving had a good sharp edge.

Currywurst mit Pommes, Curry 61, Berlin Mitte, Germany,

Pork bratwurst with fries doused in ketchup and topped with curry and chili powders. Curry 61 – 17 Mar 2011.

Curry 36 – Zoologischer Garten

(9 Dec 2014.)

In subsequent visits to Berlin, I’m passing through the train station near the city’s zoo more frequently. Next to the station at Hardenbergerpltaz is a satellite of Curry 36. While their key location is near Mehringdamm station, Curry 36’s location next to Zoologischer Garten station gets its fair share and flow of people streaming in and out of the station serving U-Bahn, S-Bahn, and regional trains.

I order a Doppel (double-order), both “ohne Darm” (no casing) and sliced into bite-sized pieces, accompanied by “Pommes rot-weiss” (red white) that’s a portion of fries slathered with ketchup and mayo and topped with curry powder.

Curry 36, currywurst, Zoologischer Garten, Hardenbergplatz, Berlin, Hauptstadt, Germany, Deutschland,

Curry 36 am Zoo – 9 Dec 2014.

Curry 36, currywurst,  Zoologischer Garten, Hardenbergplatz, Berlin, Hauptstadt, Germany, Deutschland,

Curry 36 am Zoo – 9 Dec 2014.

Many have written about and swear by these currywurst joints in Berlin: Curry 36 and Konnopke’s Imbiss. I’ve also visited the German Currywurst Museum to learn about the history and evolution of the snack. Come to think of it, every time I’m in Berlin, I’ll seek out the currywurst, from one “Imbiss” stand to the next, in my perpetual search for the ultimate taste of the city.

I made all photos with a Canon EOS450D/Rebel XSi on 17 Mar 2011 and 9 Dec 2014. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as

St. Nicholas Day 2010 (snack, LH flight)

(Written and posted 6 December 2010)

There is snow just about everywhere in central Europe.

With continued light snowfall, a blanket of snow already on the ground, and colourful sparkling lights over streets and at marketplaces, there is a quiet yet festive atmosphere in many cities and towns throughout the continent.

December 6 is known in many places traditionally as Saint Nicholas Day.

On St. Nicholas Day (2010) on-board Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt am Main, the on-board snack arrived differently, delivered in a small white St. Nick’s (Weihnachtsmann) pouch. Inside the pouch were: a small card with a greeting and a description of St. Nicholas’ Day, a cheese sandwich, a package of four small Lebkuchen, a little choco-Weihnachtsmann, and a mandarin orange.

That’s not bad for a snack for a one-hour intra-European flight a couple weeks before Christmas …

St. Nicholas Day, LH1405St. Nicholas Day, LH1405St. Nicholas Day, LH1405St. Nicholas Day, LH1405

The enclosed card from Lufthansa reads in English and German, respectively:

Every year on the 6th of December, it’s an old German custom to celebrate St. Nicholas Day. On that morning St. Nicholas makes the eyes of all good children sparkle with joy. Because on the night before, he came with his big bag of treats and filled their boots with nuts, sweets or little surprises.

We too would like to surprise you on St. Nicholas Day — with this little sachet full of goodies in the spirit of the season. After savoring the treats inside, you’re welcome to take it home as a little memento of the Lufthansa St. Nicholas. Enjoy!

Jedes Jahr am 6. Dezember ist nach deutschem Brauch Nikolaustag. Dann zaubert der Nikolaus am Morgen ein Leuchten in die Augen aller braven Kinder. Denn in der Nacht zuvor kam er mit seinem grossen Sack und füllte Nüsse, Süssigkeiten oder kleine Überraschungen in ihre Stiefel.

Auch wir möchten Sie heute anlässlich des Nikolaustages überraschen — mit diesem kleinen Säckchen voller Leckereien, passend zu den Festtagen. Gerne dürfen Sie es nach dem Geniessen der Köstlichkeiten als kleine Erinnerung an den Lufthansa Nikolaus mit nach Hause nehmen. Viel Vergnügen.

Published initially 6 December 2010 on Posterous, this post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress (

Döner kebap & currywurst

They’re always on my mind …

(One of the) Best Döner in Köln:

Oruç Kebap, Kyffhäuserstrasse at Heinsbergstrasse (between U Barbarossaplatz and U Dasselstrasse/Bf Süd)

Döner, Ayran, Oruc, Köln, Cologne, Deutschland, Germany,

Döner with cilanto, onion, red spicy chili flakes, and no sauce; accompanied by Ayran yogurt-drink. Oruc, Köln – 29 Sep 2011.

(One of the) Best Döner in Berlin:

Rosenthaler Grill & Schlemmerbuffet, Rosenthaler Platz in Prenzlauer Berg (U-Bahn Rosenthaler Platz); open 24 hours …

(One of the) Best Falafel in Berlin:

Habibi. There are 2 locations, but the one I like is at Winterfeldtplatz in Schöneberg (U-Bahn Nollendorfplatz)

(One of the) Best Currywurst in Berlin:

that’s like a choice between Canon & Nikon, Mac vs PC, … Curry 36 vs Konnopke’s Imbiss vs …

(One of the) Best Currywurst in Hamburg:

how about the following from Edelcurry (S-Bahn Stadthausbrücke)

Currywurst Edelcurry Hamburg

Of course, your kilometrage may vary with time and specific visit. Guten Appetit!

I made the two photos above in Köln on 29 Sep 2011 and in Hamburg on 1 Oct 2011, respectively. Published initially on Posterous, this post has moved and now appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com; edited 7 Nov 2011.

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