Berlin audio tour: The Dönerkebab: A Short History

The Dönerkebab: A Short History

Walking Tour

45 mins

About the Tour

The Dönerkebab is such an integral part of Berlin that the dramatic history of its invention and success is often overlooked. According to legends, the origins of the snack can be found right here in Kreuzberg. On this walk through the district, which is sometimes referred to as "Little Istanbul", we'll follow the history of its invention and learn about the society that brought the Dönerkebab to life. We'll walk a small part of the Berlin Wall to uncover how the division of Berlin played an important role in changing the culinary habits of an entire nation.

Tour Producer


Rasmus Schou Therkildsen

I've been living in Berlin on and off since 2006 and that is where I founded a company called Dönerkind in 2013. We create educational walks, games and experiences in the streets of the city.

Major Landmarks

  • Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien

Directions to Starting Point

Start in front of the Omar Mosque, just across the Görlitzer Bahnhof. You should be facing the tall, shiny, sand-colored building when we start.

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Places to stop along the way

Kunstraum Bethanien, Rösterei Kaffee Kirsche, a Dönerrestaurant of your choice.

Best time of day

Take the walk after breakfast but make sure you have an appetite. The later it gets, the livelier the streets are.


Kreuzberg might be noisy and messy, but usually the people are as kind as can be.


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The Dönerkebab: A Short History