Made in Berlin

8 products originally made in Berlin

As one of Europe’s leading tech cities and start-up hubs, Berlin has a long tradition of innovation, creativity and inventiveness. It's no surprise that over the years some of the most significant inventions – from brilliant business ideas like a flower delivery service to groundbreaking developments like electric mobility and computers – were made in Berlin. Find out more about the city’s pioneering spirit and read about Berlin’s most exciting inventions:

1. Made in Berlin: The Currywurst

In 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 had 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. However, to get the perfect Currywurst as we know it today, the sausage needed to be made without a casing. Enter 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.

7. 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 The outdated light intensity unit, the Hefner lamp, was also named after Hefner-Alteneck.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