For sixty years it’s been a fixture at snack bars across Germany – a grilled sausage sliced and slathered with a spicy ketchup sauce.
Supposedly invented by Herta Heuwer in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district in 1949, the Currywurst has since been loved by millions of Germans from all walks of life. It’s allegedly even the favourite meal of former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.
Now this sublime culinary creation will get its own pantheon in the form of a museum-cum-Currywurst shop in the German capital near Checkpoint Charlie this August.
“The Currywurst is much more than simply a huge economic factor in Germany,” Katja Rümenapf, the museum project’s spokeswoman told The Local on Wednesday. “We’ll have over 1,000 square metres for the exhibition, a shop and a Currywurst lounge.”
Despite plenty of fast-food competition in the form of hamburgers and kebabs in recent decades, Germans continue to consume loads of curried sausages on any given day. Snack shops are even offering a modern take on the classic with organic and gourmet Currywurst.
Perhaps that’s what encouraged the project’s organisers to raise €5 million for the museum. But Rümenapf was diplomatic in addressing the ongoing dispute between Berlin and Hamburg – which also claims to be the birthplace of the tasty Teutonic snack.
“Of course we’ll deal with the whole issue of the Currywurst’s importance beyond Berlin’s borders,” she said. “And that includes Hamburg too.”