Max Konnopke was 29 years old when he came from Cottbus to Berlin and decided to become a Wurstmaxe.

No sooner said than done. He married his beloved Charlotte and from 4th October 1930 they both sold a range of sausages and frankfurter in Prenzlauer Berg from 7 pm to 5 am seven days a week. Max stood on the busy corner of Schönhauser Allee / Danziger Straße; Charlotte served hungry customers at the corner of Schönhauser Allee / Stargarder Straße. A folding table, umbrella and sausage pot. Nothing more was needed.

Soon Max had a motorcycle with which he travelled to other areas. And Charlotte also moved around with her pot to the construction sites in the city.

When meat became scarce after the war began and could only be got with coupons, they just sold potato fritters.

Thus they could make a living.

1941 Max was drafted. Charlotte had to provide for both children, Waltraud and Günter, on her own.



After release from a P.O.W. camp, Max Konnopke managed to get together what was needed to build two wooden booths. One was on the corner of Schönhauser Allee / Dimitroffstraße (today Danziger Strasse), the other on Antonplatz in Weissensee. Both he replaced shortly afterwards with a sausage cart. They needed to be rolled away at night because of regulations.

Their daughter Waltraud trained in a bakery, son Günter as a butcher. The daughter later joined the parental business. Her husband Kurt Ziervogel was also soon part of the business. From 1958 they sold sausages together at the weekly markets in Prenzlauer Berg and helped out at the two stalls. They are also sold their products at the Berlin Christmas market. Their potato fritters were a hit there!


Max Konnopke, the man that could do everything, wanted to do it all himself and have an eye on things, fell ill. That's why he passed on his two widely-known stalls to his daughter and son. The second generation took over; Günter in Weissensee, Waltraud chose Prenzlauer Berg.

Each weekday, just after four in the morning, she entered her realm. Before long she was on first name basis with most customers, was called Wally or Traudchen and was a kind of neighborhood mother. Business boomed. Except on weekends; then it was closed.

1983 Waltraud Ziervogel had a new kiosk built in the style of the time: from yellowish shiny metal. It was similar to the numerous Intershops in the GDR. Max Konnopke knew his business was in good hands when he died in 1986.

1987 Waltraud expanded: an extension was built onto the kiosk, from where she then sold filled rolls. Those who wanted to sit down to eat could do so in the garden built next to the kiosk the same year.

Konnopke's had become an attraction, a magnet for Berlin and

its guests.

Son Günter started work in 1960 with a butcher in Wedding, West Berlin. And what did he discover there? The Currywurst! They weren’t available in East Berlin but that was about to change...

With their butcher, the Konnopkes quickly devised a recipe that created a skinless Currywurst from their sausages with skin. The recipe for the sauce was invented in the home kitchen. The whole family was involved and has kept the secret in the family to this day.

The first Currywurst was in East Berlin: At Konnopke 's! Fried In lard and served whole on a plate. On top the delicious sauce that mother Charlotte still mixed by hand at home.

With a kiosk that Max Konnopke designed himself, the carts were replaced the same year in the Schönhauser Allee in Prenzlauer Berg and in the Berlin Allee / corner Mahlerstraße in Weissensee. The kiosk had electricity and water connected, operated with propane gas, and was permanent. There was even a freezer. It was glazed all around.

At half past four in the morning, the light behind the windows already lured the revelers from Prenzlauer Berg, craftsmen from the surrounding industries and shift workers to the kiosk in the "Boulevard of the North". Soon they were standing in long queues for a Currywurst. Things were happening. Word got around fast.


Reunification was a departure into the unknown. Prenzlauer Berg changed rapidly. New customers, new site conditions, new wishes and new regulations. Press, radio and television had an ongoing topic, far beyond Berlin: What will happen now to Konnopke 's?

The third generation was involved. A new kitchen was installed. Fries and coffee were introduced. But the Currywurst remained skinless. New was that it was served sliced ​​on cardboard, with additional curry powder and five degrees of hotness.

in 2000 Günter Konnopke (d. 2010), the brother of Waltraud Ziervogel, sold his Konnopke  snack bar in Mahlerstraße, Weissensee. The Konnopke era in this location was over - the original " Konnopke 's Takeaway" can be found solely at the traditional location of Schönhauser Allee and the only branch at Romain -Rolland -Str. 16, which opened in 2007 and is run by daughter Dagmar Konnopke .

In Prenzlauer Berg they held out. Twenty years of uncertainty before, at the end of 2009, there were signs of a solution. It took until May 2010 before the BVG, the local government, the conservation department and Waltraud Ziervogel came to an amicable solution regarding the location of the shop under the viaduct. Charlotte Konnopke did not live to see this.

She died in 2009.




Konnopke 's Snack Bar in Prenzlauer Berg remains. Until the the new kiosk is opened at the old site in Spring 2011, there's Currywurst across the road on the centre island from a bright red sausage van.

2010 80th anniversary celebrations with our customers in the Pankow shop.

28.04.11 is the grand opening of the new kiosk - Berlin celebrates enthusiastically with us - they have remained loyal during the construction period! In 2014 the branch in Romain-Rolland-Str. was sold and since that time the business at the historical place is run by Waltraud Ziervogel and her daughter Dagmar Konnopke.