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Curry Baude – Lecker Currywurst in Berlin Gesundbrunnen

Close Up of Currywurst and Chips (Pommes) at Curry Baude in Berlin Gesundbrunnen

Reina Lehmann has been serving Currywurst to the people of Berlin at Curry Baude, his Bude (kiosk) outside U-Bhf Gesundbrunnen, since 1989.

Herr Lehmann prides himself on serving quality food – the sausages and sauces are all homemade with the finest ingredients.

Curry Baude Currywurst Kiosk in Berlin Gesundbrunnen

Currywurst is €1.50 and available with or without skin (mit oder ohne Darm) and the Pommes (chips/fries) €1.20 (or €1.30 with ketchup and mayonnaise).  My drink of choice here is a Schultheiss ‘Bombe’ (a 330ml bottle) that will set you back €1.10.

My usual order is 2 x Currywurst mit Darm and Pommes, which I ask for ‘ein bisschen schärfer’ (a little spicier), all washed down with the previously mentioned Schultheiss.

Currywurst and Chips (Pommes) at Curry Baude in Berlin Gesundbrunnen

For me, this is the tastiest Currywurst in Berlin, the ‘top dog’, the ‘best of the Wurst’ if you like.  The sauce, like my previous favourite at zur Bratpfanne, is a blended spicy tomato sauce rather than the ketchup with a sprinkling of curry powder served at many of the cities Buden.

The pommes are nicely cooked – crunchy as you bite into them and soft and fluffy inside. The food is served up piping hot in no time at all.

I haven’t tried it but the locals rave about the Currywurst Spezial, made with sweetcorn, peppers and ‘Zigeunersauce’ – a sweeter alternative to the standard sauce – for €1.80.

Whether you are a ‘Currywurst connoisseur’ or you’ve tried one of the sweet ketchup versions at one of Berlin’s more touristy spots and decided Currywurst isn’t for you, I suggest you head out to U-Bhf Gesundbrunnen and eat the real deal at Curry Baude.

Plötzensee – an inner city Berlin lake

The view along the lake from North West shore of Plötzensee in Wedding, Berlin

I have Cihan to thank for suggesting I visit Plötzensee, a small glacial lake in the residential area of Wedding in Berlin, for a wonderful afternoon and early evening spent there last week.

Smaller than many of Berlin’s more famous lakes Plötzensee is just a short stroll from the end stop of the M13 tram at Virchow-Klinikum and named after the roach (Plötze) that were abundant in its waters.

A number of information points around the lake tell its history and detail the wildlife to be found there.

Information about the fish at Plötzensee - a lake in Wedding, Berlin

There is also a Strandbad (a man-made beach) with the obligatory Strandkörbe (beach baskets) and a Biergarten on the south west shore.

The Strandbad (a man-made beach) at Plötzensee - a lake in Wedding, Berlin

As I took pictures of the Strandbad, a nearby sunbather pointed out a family of swans moving along the lake.

A family of swans at Plötzensee - a lake in Wedding, Berlin

I followed the swans to the north west shore (where I took the first image in this post) where they stopped to feed.

One of the adults watched me carefully until he or she realised that I was no threat.

A swan at Plötzensee - a lake in Wedding, Berlin

I was able to take lots of photographs of the cygnets before a helicopter flying overhead frightened them off.

A group of cygnets at Plötzensee - a lake in Wedding, Berlin

A Pair of Cygnets at Plötzensee - a lake in Wedding, Berlin

A Cygnet at Plötzensee - a lake in Wedding, Berlin

JR – Wrinkles of the City in Berlin

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 1

French Street Artist JR began his Wrinkles of the City project in Cartegna in 2008 – since then, he has continued the theme in Shanghai, Los Angeles and Havana and this month, Berlin.

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 2

As luck would have it, I spotted JR and his crew at work at Warschauer Strasse two weeks ago today.  Having recognised his work, I followed him on Twitter and Instagram, where he posted shots of work in progress and some of the completed artworks.

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 3

The concept behind Wrinkles of the City is to take photos of the old people living in the city in which the art will be displayed as large-scale paste-ups on walls that have their own texture so that the architectural wrinkles enhance the physical wrinkles.

JR has left his mark on between 15 and 20 walls in Berlin where suitable buildings are plentiful.

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 11

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 4

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 5

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 6

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 7

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 8

While he was here he also created impromptu artwork at the East Side Gallery, where he rebuilt a section of the wall recently removed by developers amid protests and added a paste up.  In this article in Berliner Morgenpost (auf Deutsch) it is alleged that a Security Guard was knocked out during the incident.  A photo of the artwork has subsequently been removed from JR’s intagram feed.

This isn’t JR’s first contribution to Street Art in Berlin.  JR collaborated with BLU on the mural at Cuvrystrasse that represents the struggle for East and West to remove each other’s masks to reveal their true identity, which featured in my BLU in Berlin post.  JR’s input, the eyes, had unfortunately long since disappeared by the time I first came to Berlin in 2009.  There is also a huge pair of eyes under the railway bridge from Friedrichstrasse station at Schiffbauerdamm.

An exhibition of Wrinkles of the City at Galerie Henrink Springmann runs until 25 May 2013, with two of the outdoor pieces nearby.  The exhibition includes original artworks on wood, incredible photos from the project in previous cities, a captivating multi-screen video installation (with blinking eyes) in the front room and a film of JR at work on loop in the back of the gallery.  It really compliments the street work and I would highly recommend a visit.

You can see more photos of JR’s Wrinkles of the City project in Berlin on his website, including photos of the piece on Warschauer Strasse with an uninterrupted view – an advantage of having access to the train tracks (parked trains have been in the way each time I’ve been there).

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 9

Also, for an interview with JR about the project, shot while he completed the work at Postbahnhof, check out this video from Enter Berlin, a YouTube channel dedicated to urban culture, art, food, fashion and music.

Street Artist JR – Wrinkles of the City // On the Beat

I hope to find more of the JR pieces from Wrinkles of the City in Berlin over the coming weeks.  Sooner rather than later hopefully because there is a question over how long some might last – the diggers are already perilously close to this piece.

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 10

MTO: Photorealistic Street Art in Berlin

PROST - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

MTO is a French born-Berlin based Street Artist who produces incredible large-scale photorealistic pieces.  Seeing his work on closed shop shutters makes getting up early to wander the streets of Kreuzberg worthwhile.

Pump Up The Volume - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

Shiva Jolie - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

Heeere's Kreuzberg - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

This Spike LEE in Görlitzer Park is remarkably intact for its age.

Spike LEE: Photorealistic Street Art by MTO in Berlin

MTO painted a series of portraits of ‘Berlin Street Fighters’ – artists and activists that included the top photo of PROST.

ALIAS - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

4rtist.com aka “Mr 6” - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

SP38 - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

His series ‘Oldies But Goodies’ included this now slightly worse for wear (not unlike the man himself) Bob Dylan.

Bob Dylan - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

I’ve also seen a great Michael Jackson piece in the RAW Tempel, which I’m convinced I have photos of but can’t find.  If I dig them out I’ll post them here and if they’re lost, I’ll take some more.

**Update** I couldn’t find the photos so I’ve been back to take more photos.  Unfortunately, Michael Jackson is now smoking a spliff (not part of the original MTO piece).

Michael Jackson - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

Rio Reiser “König von Kreuzberg” - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

You can see the artist at work on a couple of pieces in Rennes in the video Who Wants To Kill MTO?, which he posted to Vimeo.

Who Wants To Kill MTO?

Like most Street Artists, MTO is no stranger to controversy but the furore over the Fast Life mural he painted in Sarasota, Florida probably came as a surprise.

The piece came under fire over what some believed to be gang symbolism and was eventually whitewashed.  MTO then returned to Sarasota to paint a new mural that many believe was a dig at Scott Gerber, the owner of Tube Dude, the shop on which the original mural was painted.

You can read more about the story on This Week In Sarasota and see the original Fast Life piece on MTO’s Flickr.

You can see more incredible Street Art by MTO, including more work outside Berlin, on his Facebook page and Flickr stream.

Christmas Markets in Berlin – 5 Stars

Angel at Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg - a Christmas Market in Berlin

The Christmas Markets season in Berlin is well underway now and I’ve been out and about trying to sample as many as possible.

A friend recently told me that there are 60 Christmas Markets in Berlin this year.  It’s no wonder then that Berlin is popular with tourists who plan holidays specifically to take in some festive cheer.

With so many markets in the city it is difficult to know which ones visit so here’s my pick of the best Christmas Markets in Berlin I’ve seen so far.

Weihnachtsmarkt Zauber Gendarmenmarkt

Weihnachtsmarkt Zauber Gendarmenmarkt - a Christmas Market in Berlin

The Weihnachtsmarkt Zauber (Magic Christmas Market) on the Gendarmenmarkt is one of Berlin’s most popular Christmas Markets and it’s not difficult to see why.

Set between the Deutscher Dom, Konzerthaus and Französischer Dom on one of Berlin’s most picturesque squares it has many food and drink options and stalls selling decorations, craft and gifts

Merry X-Mas heart-shaped sweet at Weihnachtsmarkt Zauber Gendarmenmarkt - a Christmas Market in Berlin

When I visited on a Saturday evening the market was so busy it was difficult to move at times but even on a Wednesday evening it was thronging with people.

Weihnachtsmarkt Zauber Gendarmenmarkt and Französischer Dom - a Christmas Market in Berlin

If you have a mug of Glühwein here look out for the image of Knut (a famous Polar Bear at Berlin Zoo, sadly no longer with us) as an angel inside the lip, as pointed out to me by an eagle-eyed Digital Cosmonaut on a recent visit.

Tip: Climb the Französischer Dom (entrance fee €3) for a bird’s eye view of the market from the viewing platform.

Weihnachtsmarkt Zauber Gendarmenmarkt - a Christmas Market in Berlin - from the Französischer Dom

Location, Opening Times and Prices

Gendarmenmarkt – nearest station – U Hausvogteiplatz / Stadtmitte

Every day until 31 December: 11:00 – 22:00.

€1 (Free Monday to Friday 11:00 – 14:00)

Nostalgischer Weihnachtsmarkt am Opernpalais

Stalls at the Nostalgischer Weihnachtsmarkt am Opernpalais - a Christmas Market in Berlin

The Nostalgischer Weihnachtsmarkt (Nostalgic Christmas Market) at the Opernpalais was one of the busiest and most atmospheric that I visited last year in Berlin.

Unfortunately, I think its popularity has been affected by virtually being surrounded by a building site, as visitor numbers seem much lower this year based on the few visits I’ve made.

Despite this it is still an interesting setting with some great views and the market is well laid out and offers a good variety of stalls.

Wooden Decorations on a stall at Nostalgischer Weihnachtsmarkt am Opernpalais - a Christmas Market in Berlin

Hopefully, as we move closer to Christmas, the crowds, and with them the atmosphere, will return to Nostalgischer Weihnachtsmarkt am Opernpalais

Tip: Stop by the stage in the southeast corner for musical performances.

Location, Opening Times and Prices

Opernpalais (Unter den Linden) – nearest station – U Hausvogteiplatz

Monday to Thursday: 12:00 – 21: 30; Friday & Saturday: 11:00 – 22: 30; Sunday: 11:00 – 22: 30 until 26 December.

Free

Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg

Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg - a Christmas Market in Berlin

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Schloss Charlottenburg lit up in many colours, Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg is the most impressive looking of all the Christmas Markets I’ve visited so far.

Stalls at Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg - a Christmas Market in Berlin

The cupola of the Schloss dominates the skyline over the market but the minaret of one food and drink stand and the Christmas Pyramid (Weihnachtspyramide) of the Deutscher Winzerglühwein stand provide interesting counterpoints.

A Food and Drink Stand at Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg - a Christmas Market in Berlin

People Drinking Glühwein at Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg - a Christmas Market in Berlin

Tip: Arrive early and take the time to stroll around the Palace Gardens or go inside Schloss Charlottenburg.

Location, Opening Times and Prices

In front of Schloss Charlottenburg (Spandauer Damm) – nearest stations – S Westend / U Richard-Wagner-Platz

Monday to Thursday: 14:00 – 22: 00; Friday to Sunday: 12:00 – 22: 00 until 26 December.

Free

Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt in der Kulturbrauerei

A Glühwein stand at Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt in der Kulturbrauerei - a Christmas Market in Berlin

My favourite of favourite Berlin Christmas Markets of all those I’ve experienced this year (I haven’t been to all of them) has to be Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt at Kulturbrauerei.

Smaller and therefore more intimate than any of the other markets I’ve visited, Lucia has the best atmosphere.

Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt in der Kulturbrauerei - a Christmas Market in Berlin

Having read the Tourist Information on the market’s website I can tell you:

Named after Lucia, the Nordic goddess of light, the market is dedicated to the Scandinavian countries.

The emphasis here is on food and drink stalls, with just a few selling the usual trinkets, and it seems that it is popular as a meeting place for the local community.

A Glühwein stand at Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt in der Kulturbrauerei - a Christmas Market in Berlin

As this market is behind my local supermarket I have been here on all days of the week and have yet to go without walking into the buzz and chatter of groups of friends.

A Dinosaur and a car on a Carousel ride at Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt in der Kulturbrauerei - a Christmas Market in Berlin

Tip: If you’re feeling a little chilly look out for the ‘Coat-Open-Air-Heater’, a circle of Sheepskin coats strung around a fire.  Sit down and slip your arms into a coat where it hangs – add Glühwein for added fortification against Berlin’s winter weather if needed.

Location, Opening Times and Prices

Kulturbrauerei (Schönhauser Allee / Sredzkistrasse / Knaackstrasse) – nearest station – U Eberswalder Strasse

Monday to Friday: 15:00 – 22: 00; Saturday & Sunday: 13:00 – 22: 00 until 23 December.

Free

Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding

Extinguisher - Art by KEN (aka Plotterroboter) at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

If you’ve had your fill of Glühwein and Bratwurst and would like an alternative to the many traditional markets in Berlin, head out to Stattbad Wedding for Stattmarkt.

This former public baths (Stadtbad), now a gallery/club/performance space, is hosting an art market Thursday to Sunday until 16 December.

Lost - Art by ALIAS at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

With over 300 artworks from new and established urban artists Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding is an opportunity to view some outstanding art in an innovative and intriguing setting.

Tip: Make sure you check out the outside of the building too as this is a popular spot for Street Artists.

Location, Opening Times and Prices

Stattbad Wedding (Gerichtstrasse 65) – nearest station: S + U Wedding.

Thursday to Sunday: 12:00 – 19:00 until 16 December.

€5 (€3 concessions).

Stattmarkt Berlin – An Alternative Christmas Market

Spray Cans from I'm Colors You Inkdians! - Art by Mein Lieber Prost at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Berlin has a plethora of Christmas Markets (Weihnachtsmärkte) but one market this month offers an alternative to the usual glut of Glühwein stands, Crépes sellers and Christmas gift stalls – so if you’ve had a kitsch overload head to Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding.

The Stattbad is a former public baths (Stadtbad) and the Stattmarkt makes clever use of the building’s past – the tiled walls lend themselves to making the most of colourful artwork and there is a light installation by Markus May and Moritz Arnold in the deep end of the pool.

Art by Doppledenk and Light Installation by Matkus May & Moritz Arnold at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Climbing the stairs from the ground floor to the first floor, with its balcony overlooking the pool, there is a particularly striking piece – I’m Colors, You Inkdians! by Mein Lieber Prost.

I'm Colors You Inkdians! - Art by Mein Lieber Prost at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Works by $askia (Saskia Hahn) and Emess also caught my eye.

All Seeing Monkey - Art by $askia at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Art by Emess at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Still on the first floor, in what appears to be the former changing rooms, was a space curated by Open Walls Itinerant Gallery, who also exhibited at Stroke Urban Art Fair in the summer.

The gallery represents an impressive roster of artists including: Prost, YZ, BR1, Vermibus and ALIAS.

nsd 057 - Art by BR1 at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

nsd 049, nsd 052, nsd 053 - Art by BR1 at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Painful Past and Bitter Swig - Art by Vermibus at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Lost By The Sea - Art by ALIAS at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Descending the stairs, I couldn’t resist stopping to take a snap of a hairdryer, a remnant of the building’s past life.

A hairdryer at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

It was back on the ground floor that I found my favourite part of the exhibition.  Entering what seemed to be the bowels of the building, with uneven floors and exposed pipework, I encountered artworks and installations perfectly matched to their surroundings.

Postmodernist Deconstructionism - Art by Anton Unai at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Art by Unknown Artist at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Sitting - Art by ALIAS at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

And in my final room, I discovered my star of the show – KEN (aka Plotterroboter).  His installation, Behind The Mask, and accompanying paintings were all cleverly executed and artfully lit.

Crouch - Art by KEN (aka Plotterroboter) at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Behind The Mask - Art by KEN (aka Plotterroboter) at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Emergency - Art by KEN (aka Plotterroboter) at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

If I’ve failed to convince you to visit, check out this trailer by Markus Küpper, which ALIAS posted on his Facebook page and led to my visit:

So, this December in Berlin, make the most of the traditional Christmas Markets on offer but take some time to seek out the unusual at the Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding.

Location, Opening Times and Prices

Stattbad Wedding (Gerichtstrasse 65) – nearest station: S + U Wedding.

Fri 7 to Sun 9 December and Thu 13 to Sun 16 December: 1200 – 1900.

€5 (€3 concessions).

Berlin Street Art Vol 4 – Various Artists

Another compilation of some of the best Street Art I have seen in Berlin over the last few months.

Where an artist has featured before you can click on their name to open other posts.

Paolo Cirio

Paolo Cirio’s Street Ghost project has resulted in blurred figures taken from Google Street View appearing on walls in London, New York and Berlin.  The images are wheatpasted in the same spot where they appear on Street View.  You can read more about the project on streetghosts.net.

Street Ghost - Street Art by Paolo Cirio in Berlin

Stewy

My first encounter with Stewy’s work was a flock of pigeons painted on a wall in London’s Stoke Newington.  Now I’ve spotted one of his pigeons in Berlin in the Hof featured in my A Berlin Hof Spot post.

Pigeon - Street Art by Stewy in Berlin

El Bocho

El Bocho is an andBerlin favourite and has featured many times on the blog.  His artworks add some much needed colour and humour to the streets of Berlin.

Little Lucy Die Ist Doof Herr Pozilist - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

Die Küsse unter der Kellertreppe meines Plattenbaus - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

Little Lucy Kitti Kebap - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

Hygienic Dress League

Hygienic Dress League is the work of Detroit-based husband and wife team, Steve and Dorota Coy, and is a registered corporation.  Their work deals with the process of brand building and explores the interaction between advertising and art.

Street Art by Hygienic Dress League in Berlin

Reka x Dscreet

This collaboration between Melbourne based artist Reka and London’s Dscreet is in the same Hof as the Stewy Pigeon.

Dbltrbl - Street Art by Reka x Dscreet in Berlin

Thanks to Mogli from Mogli Oak Berlin I can now give credit for two of the pieces that I originally posted as Unknown.

Isaac Cordal

This is the first time I have come across a piece by Galician street artist, Isaac Cordal in Berlin.  I’m embarrassed that I didn’t originally recognise it as his because I’ve known of his work for some time and even follow him on Twitter.

Kneeling Figure - Street Art by Isaac Cordal in Berlin

If you’d like to see more from Isaac Cordal, check out his website and Twitter feed.

SOBR

It's Time To Dance - Street Art by SOBR in Berlin

Unknown Artists

As always, if anyone has any information about the artists I haven’t been able to identify please let me know in the comments so that I can give the proper credit.

Hinged Mind - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin

Green Spaceman - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin

Mad Scientist - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin

Punk Pig - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin

Phoenix - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin

Stolpersteine 130 – 131

Stolpersteine 130: In memory of Sally Casper and Lene Casper (Chodowieckistrasse 8) in BerlinI have added the photos of the Stolpersteine I have seen over the past week to the photo gallery here.

This week’s Stolpersteine were memorials to: Sally Casper and Lene Casper (Chodowieckistrasse 8); Hans Samuel, Else Samuel and Gunter Samuel (Near corner of Utrechter Strasse).

My first post about Stolpersteine gives more background about these memorials to the victims of National Socialism created by artist Gunter Demnig.