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It’s all about the Wurst – The Currywurst Museum in Berlin

There are more museums in Berlin than days of rain. True story. And in one museum, it’s all about the Wurst. Wurst is the German word for sausage, and I think we’re pretty well known for our love for sausages. Every year, we eat about 800 million. Yes, MILLIONS, and that’s just the number for ONE kind of sausage. The best. The holy one. The Currywurst. The Wurst has its museum. The Currywurst museum.

3 different types of Currywurst with two beers on a tray at the Currywurst Museum

Currywurst with three different kind of the legendary sauce

The Currywurst Museum in Berlin

Just around the corner from the famous Checkpoint Charlie and Friedrichstraße, you’ll find the German Currywurst Museum. Since 2009, you can find everything you need to know about the Currywurst here. Where to eat, what’s the secret, and even the history of fast food. Unfortunately, the museum is now permanently closed. There are plenty of other things to do in Berlin like see the Berlin TV Tower!

Picture of popcorn in the Currywurst Museum invented in 3600 BC

The first fast food? Invented in 3600 BC. Popcorn.

Who invented the Currywurst?

Currywurst belongs to Berlin, like pizza to Italy. Herta Heuwer invented the Currywurst in 1949 in BERLIN. It was a day at her food booth when no one wanted to buy a Wurst. She had ketchup, curry powder, and sausages. She played around a little bit and accidentally invented the Currywurst. The rest is history, and in 1959, she applied her “Chillup” sauce for a patent.

Picture of Herty Heuwer smiling in a museum

Herta Heuwer – the mother of the Currywurst

The Currywurst Museum is where you can touch, play, smell, and taste things because every visitor gets a Currywurst for free! And if you need a break – why not chill on the couch? The WURST couch. Yes, here it’s all about the Wurst.

Sausage shaped couch in the Currywurst Museum in Berlin with Red carpet

Relax on a sausage couch!

Wurst confession: In German, we have a lot of sayings about the Wurst. And they need to work in English. BUT. You should know some of them.

My favorite German sayings about the Wurst:

  • Jetzt geht’s um die Wurst – Now it’s about the sausage (It’s crunch-time)
  • Das ist mir Wurst – That’s sausage for me (I don’t care)
  • herumwursteln – sausaging around (to mess about)
  • Extrawurst – extra sausage (special treatment)
  • Spiel nicht die beleidigte Leberwurst – Don’t play the sore liver sausage (Don’t be a sorehead)
  • armes Würstchen – poor little sausage (douchebag)
  • Alles hat ein Ende nur die Wurst hat zwei – Everything has an end just the sausage has two