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Reasons I Miss Berlin #3 – Currywurst

I Love Currywurst - sign on a Currywurst van at Ostbahnhof in Berlin

As much as I’m enjoying some home-cooked meals and the opportunity to have a great take-away curry back in the UK, I miss my favourite Berlin snack – Currywurst.

Over the last year I’ve been on a quest to find the best Currywurst in Berlin – my ‘Best of the Wurst’.

Here’s a rundown of my 3 favourite Currywurst Imbisse in Berlin.

1 – zur Bratpfanne

Currywurst & Chips (Currywurst mit Pommes) at Zur Bratpfanne in Berlin

The best Currywurst that I’ve had so far in Berlin is from zur Bratpfanne in Steglitz.  I loved it on my first visit and have been back a few times since, even making some special trips.

2 – Curry 66

Currywurst & Chips (Currywurst mit Pommes) at Curry 66 in Berlin

At Curry 66 the sauce is offered in 9 different levels of spiciness from ‘Angenehm’ to ‘Black Death’ – so far the spiciest I have had is 3: Scharf.

3 – Curry 36

Currywurst & Chips (Currywurst mit Pommes) at Curry 36 in Berlin

Curry 36 features in all the Berlin guidebooks and along with Konnopke’s Imbiss is probably the most famous of Berlin’s many Imbisse.  Devotees can now get their Curry 36 fix at Zoologischer Garten Bahnhof, as well as the original Imbiss on Mehringdamm.

Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem

The Italian Garden and Main Greenhouse at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

With September providing a couple of unexpectedly sunny and warm days it seems appropriate to look back on my trip to the Botanischer Garten (Botanical Garden) in Berlin or Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem to use its full title.

It seems like a lifetime ago but actually it has only been a month.

The Botanischer Garten was pointed out to me from the train after my trip to Zur Bratpfanne for my favourite Currywurst in Berlin so far.  A visit was immediately added to my to-do list.

I entered the Botanischer Garten through the entrance on Unter den Eichen having caught the S-Bahn to Botanischer Garten station.

The history of the botanical garden dates back to reign of Friedrich Wilhelm in 1679, though it has only been in its present location since 1910.

A house at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Having admired a rather grand building in the grounds and the beautiful gardens in front of it, I turned to look out on a large Lily pond.

A Lily Pond at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Next I chose to walk through the Arboretum and Plant Geography sections of the gardens.  Whilst I was impressed by the well-maintained gardens and enjoyed looking at the plants, flowers and statues I have to admit to being a little underwhelmed at this point.

Meadow flowers at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

A statue at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Crocosmia at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

After this I went to the Botanical Museum contained within the grounds.  As the descriptions of the exhibits and any audio or video were in German and the sun was shining outside I chose not to spend much time here.  I did, however, enjoy the dioramas of various landscapes and there were some impressive items.

A diorama on display at the Botanical Museum (Botanisches Museum) in Berlin

Fungi on display at the Botanical Museum (Botanisches Museum) in Berlin

A sculpture of the head of a Botanist on display at the Botanical Museum (Botanisches Museum) in Berlin

It was when I reached the Greenhouse Complex (Die Gewächshäuser) that the Botanischer Garten came into its own and I became really enthusiastic about my visit.

A cluster of 16 (mainly interconnected) greenhouses is open to the public and houses an impressive collection of tropical plants and flowers.

The main greenhouse – Das Große Tropenhaus – is one of the largest in the world and measures 60m x 30m and stands 23m tall.

Many of the plants and flowers here are grouped by geographical region or species.  One of my highlights, and recommended by friends before my visit, was the Cacti collection.

Cacti in the greenhouses at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Cacti in the greenhouses at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Cacti in the greenhouses at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

It was as well that I had been told about the Cacti collection as I found the greenhouses a little difficult to navigate and searching for them made me persevere and discover many more houses.

A mini waterfall in the greenhouses at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Koi Carp in the greenhouses at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

A Rhododendron in the greenhouses at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Coming out of the main greenhouse I walked through Café Anthurium and took the opportunity for some refreshment in the shape of a cold Berliner Kindl, which I took out onto the terrace overlooking the Italian Garden.

Cafe Anthurium, the main greenhouse and a pond at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

A statue at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Completing my circuit of the park, and approaching the house I saw on entering, I walked past a beautiful collection of Dahlias.

Dahlias at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Dahlias at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Dahlias at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Having only visited once on a bright, sunny summer’s day, I’m looking forward to seeing the effects of the changing seasons on the gardens.  If I stay in Berlin more permanently I’m sure I will visit the Botanischer Garten often and would probably buy a Multiple Ticket (which gives 4 visits for the price of 3 and is valid for 1 year) or possibly even an Annual Ticket.

I would also like to see one of the classical music performances that I’m told take place at 6pm on Friday evenings during the summer.

With about 22,000 different species of plants covering an area of 126 acres the Botanischer Garten is the kind of place that could take days to examine closely but is a great place to spend a few hours or even a day.

I spent about 4 hours there and would have stayed longer if I hadn’t been meeting friends for dinner at The Bird that evening.

If you’re visiting Berlin and looking to do something out of the centre I would certainly recommend a visit to the Botanischer Garten in the summer (I will hopefully be able to endorse it year-round once I’ve visited more myself) and do yourself a favour and get Currywurst from Zur Bratpfanne on your way home.

Zur Bratpfanne

 

Close up of Currywurst and Chips at Zur Bratpfanne in Berlin

I’m beginning to wonder if my love of Currywurst is turning into a ‘Currywurst problem’.

Friends have started recommending Imbisse (snack restaurants) to me to help me in my hunt for ‘The Best of the Wurst‘.

Not that I’m complaining though because it was through a recommendation that I discovered Zur Bratpfanne in Berlin’s Steglitz.

I enjoyed my first meal there so much that I had to go back a few days later with my camera.

Zur Bratpfanne, a Currywurst Imbiss in Berlin Steglitz

Zur Bratpfanne is on the corner of Schloßstraße and Kieler Strasse, a short walk from the S-Bahn at Rathaus Steglitz and between the U-Bahn stations there and at Schloßstraße.  This means it’s very convenient for the newly opened Primark at the Schloss-Straßen-Center, which judging by the number of bags I’ve seen on the S and U-Bahn lately is already establishing itself as a go to for Berliners.

Zur Bratpfanne offers Bratwurst mit or ohne Darm (with or without skin) for €1.65 and pommes (chips) in small, medium and large for €1.35, €1.80 and €2.40 respectively.

Currywurst and Chips (Currywurst mit Pommes) at Zur Bratpfanne in Berlin

 

I was immediately impressed by the quality of the sausage, the crispy/fluffiness of the chips and the flavour and texture of the sauce.

And that sauce is the star of the show.

More of a tomatoey curry sauce than a ketchup, it doesn’t suffer from the sweetness issues of Curry 61 and Konnopke’s.

And it just has something (that I can’t put my finger on) that elevates it above Curry 36 and Curry 66.

In summary, for me, zur Bratpfanne is the best Currywurst in Berlin (so far).  It’s just a pity that you have to go so far from the centre of the city to get it.  But the best things in life are worth putting a little extra effort in to get.

***Update***zur Bratpfanne has now been displaced by Curry Baude as the best Currywurst in Berlin.

Krasselt’s Imbiss

The Neon sign at Krasselt's Imbiss in Steglitz in Berlin

Lunchtime had been and gone long ago by the time I managed to make up my mind about what I would like to eat.  I had been on a mission to track down a DVD for my Friday night entertainment and having visited Das Schloss, I realised that I wasn’t far from Krasselt’s Imbiss.

Unfortunately, Steglitz didn’t feature on the map I had in my pocket and whilst I could remember that the Imbiss is on Steglitzer Damm, I couldn’t remember exactly how to get there.

After trying most of the streets around the Rathaus Steglitz S-Bahnhof I decided that my best course of action was to find a map in the station and having done so headed off down Albrechtstrasse and onto Steglitzer Damm.

Having read nothing but good things about Krasselt’s I felt sure that the walk would be worth it.  But in truth I was a little underwhelmed.

The staff were friendly enough.  The young man serving me was complaining about a dog tied to a railing outside the Penny Markt next door that was yapping away whilst its owner did the shopping.

Unlike the other Currywurst I have had, the sausage wasn’t sliced this time but cut in two with a cocktail stick jabbed into each end.

The sausage was then sprinkled with a generous amount of curry powder and what looked like balsamic vinegar before being covered in sauce.

Currywurst & Chips (Currywurst mit Pommes) at Krasselt's Imbiss in Steglitz in Berlin

Seeing me taking a picture of my lunch the server came over to say that I should have told him before he served it to me so he could make it look its best.

Unfortunately, whilst there was more than enough sauce to accompany the sausage and the chips it didn’t have the depth of flavour of Konnopke’s or Curry 36 and the chips didn’t have the same crispiness.  At EUR 3.10 for Currywurst and Chips it was still a pleasant meal but when it comes to Currywurst I know that it can be so much better.

I’ll have to go back to Krasselt’s and give it second chance (it can’t be luck that it has such a good reputation) and next time I’ll go at lunch time.

As I left the little dog was still drawing attention to itself and the server at Krasselt’s Imbiss was  venting his annoyance to another customer.