We’d been told about a place just round the corner, Moustafa’s, that had the best kebabs in Berlin. I thought it was probably a bit of an overstatement – there are too many kebab shops to count.
Berlin has the highest Turkish population outside of Turkey, after the Gastarbeiter (guest worker) program in the 60’s and 70’s where dozens of immigrants from Turkey were bought in to deal with labour shortages (a huge one of them was the creation of the Berlin Wall). The original plan was for the workers to come in short term, but many of them have stayed. Leading to delicious kebabs everywhere.
It seems that with such high competition, they are really trying to out-gourmet eachother. And one particular wee stall in the middle of the street is winning by miles. Most times we went past there were huge queues – one guy at our hostel said he lined up for almost 2 hours to get his. We swung by just as it opened at about 10:30 am, which was perfect timing to avoid lines. And we were NOT at all disappointed.
Not only is it a tasty kebab, but it comes with amazing grilled vegetables, the most fresh looking salad you have ever seen, and is topped with crumbled feta and a twist of lemon. All for about €2.90. Our expectations were most definitely exceeded!
With such a huge amount of war history in Berlin, we almost forgot to explore the non war related museums. There is, in fact, a whole Island of museums. The Pergamon was the most highly recommended one, so off we went. Buying tickets online beforehand would have been a wise choice, but a takeaway coffee from over the road made the line pass a lot quicker.
The Pergamon is a huge recreation of monumental buildings including the Pergamon Alter and the Market Gate of Miletus, poached directly from Turkey. The reconstructed buildings are impressive in size and detail, but at the same time it is a bit depressing that so much Turkish history has been stolen, to have permanently on show and making money for another. The sheer audacity of it is quite mind boggling, as is learning how they got it all to Berlin and ensured it lasted through the war.
There are quite a few exhibits with various archealogical finds, but my favourite was learning about how the museum itself was established and the competition between Europe’s largest museums to have the best exhibits. It seems so offensive now, but you can see how in the early 1900s that was the only way people could learn about such things.