Made in Berlin

6 products originally made in Berlin

What do the egg slicer, paper plate and earplugs all have in common? All those products were originally made in Berlin. Berlin is an innovative place where science, research, creation  and development go hand in hand. Here are some examples:

1. Made in Berlin: The Currywurst

1949, Berlin still suffered from the vast destruction due to the Second World War. The Berlin Blockade of the Soviet Union ended in spring 1949 and the food supply was still tough. It was a time when creativity has beaten tradition. In September 1949 snack stand operator Herta Heuwer served a “special sauce” – a mixture of tomato paste seasoned with several spices (worcestershire sauce among others) – with fried sausage at her concession stand on Kant-/Kaiser-Friedrich-Straße for the first time. Ten years later, she registered the sauce under the trademark “Chillup”, composed of the words chili and ketchup. But to get the perfect Currywurst as we know it today, the sausage needed to be made without a casing. In came Max Brückner and Frank Friedrich who created a process to produce casing-free sausage, the famous “skinless Spandauer,” in Berlin-Spandau. Together, Heuwer, Brückner and Friedrich developed the original Berlin Currywurst. This can now be enjoyed with or without a casing, doused in a special sauce and sprinkled with plenty of curry powder.

5. Made in Berlin: Electro Mobility

London had the first underground transport system, Berlin the first electric streetcars. Berlin native Friedrich von Hefner-Alteneck worked for the company Siemens & Halske. In 1879, he presented a 300-meter-long course on which the first electric train drove without a horse or steam power. The electric streetcar contained a crucial detail, namely a drum armature in the electric motor – designed by Friedrich von Hefner-Alteneck. Starting in 1881, the first car to carry passengers, measuring 4.3 meters long with twelve seats and eight standing places, drove between the Groß-Lichterfelde station and the local military academy (about 2.5 km). The outdated light intensity unit, the Hefner lamp, was also named after Hefner-Alteneck.

If you want to know why someone invented a device called “egg slicer” you can find more products Made in Berlin on our talent-berlin Website. And just in case you are keen on inventing things yourself you will also find proper jobs in the field of R&D there.

Header Image:
“Normal Sailing Apparat” by Otto Lilienthal
(c) Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin