I would lie if I would claim that I would find this a little odd, but the German cuisine is internationally widely known for its sausages. The Germans have many different kinds of it. Usually there are not being served at the table in apartments in Berlin. It is much more common that they are being sold as a quick bite on the go to which the Germans refer to as Imbiss at Imbissbuden, snack carts etc.
One of the most popular and widely known inventions of its kind is the Currywurst, a pork sausage that is chopped into pieces and then served with curry-seasoned ketchup.
The invention is attributed to a woman by the name of Herta Heuwer who lived in Berlin. The popularity and appreciation of the Currywurst goes far as there is a plaque placed in Charlottenburg where she was said to have invented the currywurst and started her successful business. There is a custom in Berlin that every new mayor has to take a photo standing at a Currywurst stand.
The city has even opened a museum dedicated to the Currywurst in 2009. The museum intends to inform visitors about their favorite German snack in a 360 manner. It is an interactive museum that encourages experiencing the visit with all senses. Aside from the history of the currywurst, visitors can slip into the role of the cart vendor, smell the all the ingredients and spices, but also s/he will get information on sustainable fast food solutions. And what would this museum be without an own restaurant where you can eat a currywurst in all its varieties.
You could really call the currywurst the culinary emblem that coins the city just as much as the Brandenburger Tor. However, there are also people that claim that the currywurst was invented in Hamburg or in the Ruhrarea. A topic in the history of the currywurst that can be explored in the museum. When you are staying in Berlin apartments eating a currywurst is as obligatory as visiting the many monuments and landmarks in the German capital.
Maike accidentally on purpose stumbled into writing. She is the daughter of a German father and a Filipino mother, she grew up in Germany, lived in the US, Denmark and currently resides in Barcelona.